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  • Hola Espana

    This morning I left rainy Essen, Germany for sunny Barcelona, Spain. I flew Vueling airlines (affiliated with Iberia), a discount airline that had the best nonstop flight today to Barcelona from Dusseldorf. I think Sunday may not be a great day to fly in Germany in particular. There was one woman at the check in counter for the entire plane full of people. And the way some of the fares work, is that a cabin bag (such as a small roller bag…anything that won’t fit under the seat) has to be checked. I got there early when there were only 30 minutes of people in front of me. But the check in counter only opened a bit less than two hours before the flight was to take off. By the time I’d checked my bags, the line was several hundred feet long. On the other hand, there were few people at security, most of the TSA equivalents were standing around. The security guy though where my bags were inspected decided to check everyone’s bags for what I assume was explosive residue. I still had plenty of time though and the flight was on time. By noon I was in warm Barcelona and at my hotel by 1pm.

    Long line to check in this morning in Dusseldorf
    Plane to Barcelona is at the gate

    After checking in and organizing my stuff, I walked to the Reial Club do Polo de Barcelona to meet the Guille, the son-in-law of members of my club at home. We’d hit once before when his family visited there, and they’ve since moved back to Barcelona. We had a good hit. The tournament is using the same Wilson balls as were used at the French Open and they were good to hit with, a little less flighty than the heavy duty Wilson US Open balls used three years ago. They seemed more durable too.

    After hitting, I walked to a gas station to get more water and snacks (all other stores are closed on Sundays) and then back to the hotel.

    Avenida Diagonal, Barcelona on a quiet Sunday afternoon

    I play my first match tomorrow at 6pm.

    Draws and results are here.


  • Essen Singles/Doubles Champion

    Draws are here.

    I played the singles final, and the doubles semis and final both today. I played Jutta Boekmann in the singles final and won 60 60, though she had several game points. It was a good style matchup for me, plus I scouted her yesterday and had a good idea how to play her. After about an hour break we played the doubles semis a bit early against Yvette DeRoche and Christina Gehrke. We won 61 60 and then played the doubles final almost immediately after against Sylvia Balkow and Gabriele Meier and won 60 60, though we had many fun points. So Essen is done for this year, I have the day off tomorrow to go to Dusseldorf and then on to Barcelona on Sunday morning.

    I watched a few matches including the 30 singles final against two ridiculously young looking “seniors”; Ellen Neumann, Heidi Eisterlehner, Keith Porter and Fritz Raijmakers and Haim Ohn.


  • Into the Essen Final

    Draws are here.

    I had a pretty easy semi today. The woman I played, Corrine Franoux (France) had a three hour semi yesterday and a two hour match the day before and fit as she was, it slowed her down a bit. I won 60 60. Her running was good but her technique let her down. I play Jutta Boekmann in the final. She had a two hour match with the #3 seed, Sylvia Lievers-Kronenburg. I warmed up with Sylvia this morning and did think they would have a good match. It was punch (Sylvia)/counterpunch (Jutta), and Jutta in particular made very good use of the drop shot, and anticipated Sylvia’s responses well.

    Corrine and Carolyn

    The weather looks iffy tomorrow…hopefully we’ll get to play on clay and not indoors on carpet (or I will have to get carpet shoes, which have smooth soles).

    Jutta and I also will play doubles tomorrow, assuming out opponents get their match in later this afternoon…the forecast apparently is dire.

    Heide Orth lost her final today to Barbara Von Ende 62 63…my warmup must not have been good enough today. Von Ende though gets a lot of balls back and is very fit (as is Heide).


  • Successful Start in Essen

    Draws are here

    I started today by somehow getting lost on the way to the courts (I think my gps was set to the wrong address)…somehow I got to the club though and had good warm ups with Heide Orth and Heidi Eisterlehner at 9am. Since I didn’t play till 1:30 I think went back to the hotel for a while (didn’t get lost 👍).

    I played Jutta Brandtmann at 1:30. She had a nice big forehand, but missed a fair amount. I won 60 60, but I play a much better player tomorrow, a French player, Corrine Franoux, who edged the 4th seeded Swiss player, Yvette de Roche 63 67 76 (5). We were set to play at noon but now play at 10:30. She’s either in great shape or tired…or both. On the other side of the draw, Jutta Boekmann beat #2 Dagmar Sperneder 62 61 and plays #3 Sylvia Lievers-Kronenburg next. They play at noon so I can scout that match.

    The lines here are thin and perforated, and brushed with a thin brush (sometimes) after sweeping the court with a mat.

    We are playing with Dunlop tournament balls, which are good balls…they should be, one can costs 12.5 euros (for 4 balls), or about $15!

    I am playing with Boekmann in doubles but we don’t play till Friday afternoon.


  • Last Practice Day in Essen

    Draws are here.

    Today was another practice day in Essen. I hit quite a bit, first with Heide Orth (what a beautiful backhand and deadly drop shot), then with Heidi Eisterlehner (also a beautiful backhand!), then with Haim Ohn, the men’s 65s 9th seed, from Israel who was nice enough to hit with me. He’s a lefty with a great serve and forehand (massive topspin). I broke a string against him, the third one since I arrived June 24th. In Spain labor was 9 euros (about $11) a racquet (with my own string); here it is 15 euros (about $18). It was quite windy today especially in the afternoon. Below are photos from the courts around 9:30…two were very wet and two were dry; the Women’s 65 draw, and the flags blowing full out around 2pm.

    I went back to the hotel mid-afternoon and decided to do a load of washing while I was at the gym (the laundry room is off the gym). The machines are controlled by an app called Wewash…no coins needed. The app is pretty cool…you can reserve a washer or dryer or see if it’s occupied before going downstairs and when the load is done you get a notification.

    I cooked my pfifferlinge (chanterelles) tonight and added them to pasta (with tomatoes, a little butter)…very good.

    Tomorrow I play my first match at 1:30 pm. I am warming up early, 9am, and after my match I have to change out my rental car because I was notified there was a recall on it. I have a Toyota Yaris which is quite small, perfect for the small parking spots at the club, and pretty much everywhere in Europe.


  • Practice Day 2 in Essen

    Monday was a second practice day for me and another rainy day.

    Draws and results

    I ran errands early, grocery stores and picked up my newly strung racquet.

    I went to a Rewe, a supermarket chain here. I found more of the colored German eggs. I read about them yesterday and found out they are boiled eggs “Brotzeit Eier”. They used to be available only at Easter but now are available year round. I also found more chocolate and some water, with and without bubbles. I also got some German rolls. I know France is famous for its baguettes but to me, the bread in Germany is unsurpassed. There’s lots of whole grain rolls with nuts and seeds, and they are reasonably priced and delicious.

    Next I went to Aldi. Aldi also owns Trader Joe’s, and had several items sold under the Trader Joe’s name, including peanut butter and pistachios. I found pfifferlings (a type of mushroom, chanterelles in the USA) there (they will make an excellent addition to a pasta dish.)

    At both Aldi and Rewe they had a sign “Kundenparkplatz” and either 1 or 1.5 std. “maximal parkdauer”. It means you have to display this device on your dashboard (every car comes with one), with the time set to hour you left the car, or you can be towed.

    After picking up my racquet and a can of balls (12.5 euros for 4 balls…about $15 a can!), I had lunch. Of course I had to try one of the colored eggs (which of course were not refrigerated). It was surprisingly delicious, perfectly cooked.

    I practiced a bit in the afternoon with Dagy Spernader for an hour or so, and it was raining most of the time. After that Heide Orth and Heidi Eisterlehner arrived and we joined Dagy and Sabine and a few others to catch up. I think I am warming up both Heide and Heidi tomorrow and also hitting with Dagy and Sabine!

    Dagmar, Sabine, Carolyn, Heide Orth

  • Traveling to Germany

    It was a “hurry up and wait” sort of morning Saturday. I left my Airbnb early, before 6 am (finally saw a sunrise in Spain). Luckily I bought fuel the day before because the gas station at the airport was packed. My fuel gauge was still close to full so I passed. Good thing because I followed the GPS (google maps), not the rental car signs to the airport and ended up first in the drop off area, then in the parking garage (and it was tricky to exit… I owed 65 cents and the credit card payment wouldn’t process at the exit gate.. it took 15 minutes to exit). The rental car return signs are small but once I abandoned GPS I found them and returned the car.

    I flew Eurowings to Düsseldorf. It’s a discount airline owned by Lufthansa. I don’t really pack well to fly discount airlines but after figuring out where to check in (tip: take the elevator outside the terminal to the 2nd floor to check in. You won’t be admitted into the arrivals area.) and showing my vaccination card and passport (and paying a bag fee, since one small carryon only is allowed), I was good to go through security. FYI there was a COVID testing spot at the airport and the line was long. Take a self antigen test with you if you aren’t vaccinated or are returning to the USA and take it the day before flying.

    Another tip: go upstairs to go through security unless you are traveling to another Baleric Island. There’s an escalator by the front of the terminal.

    Once in the terminal the waiting began. We left the terminal 30 minutes late. As is common in Europe, buses took us from the terminal to the plane. In this one terminal there were so many airlines: Eurowings of course, Lufthansa, Ryan Air, Lauda, Norwegian, Wizz Air, Easy Jet and more. Europe feels like one country in some ways but this was definitely an international terminal.

    Crowded restaurant at PMI, walking through duty free is mandatory to get to the gates in Palma, varietal of airlines at Terminal C in Palma

    Upon arrival in Germany, unlike in Spain, I didn’t have to show any proof of a covid test or vaccination which surprised me. So the check-in personnel at the airport are the ones validating vaccination cards or covid tests, at least traveling from Mallorca to Germany. And no one asked me how long I had been in Spain. Mallorca is considered a low risk area.

    In Dusseldorf is in the North Rhine-Westphalia state, about 45 minutes north of Cologne, is not really a big tourist destination. The airport wasn’t super busy, but was not empty. The rental car pickup is on airport ground but quite a walk. I rented from Alamo and it was on the 7th floor of the parking garage and was pretty much deserted. There were only a few cars there and no line for once.

    After driving to Essen, (30 minutes north of Dusseldorf) and I checked into my hotel (and there I was asked for a negative covid test…I showed my vaccine so I was ok). I then went to get my racquet strung at Tennis Point (which recently I believe bought Midwest Sports, an online retailer in the USA..or the other way around). This is a big retailer what sells lots of racquets, balls, shoes, accessories, bags, and clothes. There are different brands than we normally see in the USA, such as Bidi Badu, Ellesse, Lotto for clothes, and there were large numbers of clay court shoes and even some indoor shoes (smooth soled). In the USA K-Swiss doesn’t normally sell clay shoes but there were a large number of them in the store. I bought a can of balls and paid for my racquet and it was on the next stop.

    I went to Decathalon to get an exercise mat (about $3), and came across a large grocery/variety store, so of course I had to check it out. It was another large store like the one in Spain which sold everything from washing machines to candy bars, but not quite as nice, particularly the produce. There was more bread but less ham (still a lot) and of course a huge number of yogurt and quark options. The chocolate and candy aisles were larger too. Since I was in Germany I bought some Ritter Sport bars, which were present in large quantity, variety and low in price (about $1-2 for a 100 gram bar).

    All the eggs including colored ones, on display in Essen; every American fast food place here in Germany (Subway was around the corner too)

    After dropping off the items at the hotel I walked to a nearby Lidl which happened to be at the train station. I am also near the center where there are some pedestrian streets full of shops and people who were enjoying their Saturday afternoon.

    Later today I am hitting at ETUF-Essen where the tournament is set to take place. Weather permitting…looks like there will be some thunderstorms in the afternoon.


  • Munich, Munchen, Sunday Vibes

    June 16, 2019

    Munich, Germany

    I arrived late in Munich after a longer than expected train ride (the train stopped for about half an hour just before my stop…but the ride was pleasant, and parts were beautiful, especially passing along the Gastein valley west of Villach.

    Sundays in Bavaria are pretty quiet. Some restaurants are open, and shops in the train stations and airport, but otherwise shops and grocery stores are all closed. I knew this, so took my time over breakfast and hit the gym and laundry. Late morning I decided to walk towards Marienplatz, where the famous Glockenspiel above the Rathaus are located, to do some window shopping and I had visions of biking in the English Gardens. It turned out to be a nice day for a lot of walking, mild and only a few drops of rain.

    On my way to Marienplatz I walked by the huge Deutsches Museum. I consulted with my friend Google and decided to go in. There was a long ticket line. Google was consulted again, I found the website for the museum and quickly bought a ticket (this is my travel tip for the day…if you are spontaneously visiting an attraction and the line is long, first try to buy a ticket on your smart phone). Minutes later I was walking in the door and my online ticket was scanned with no problem.

    What is the Deutsches Museum? Well, it’s huge, and it’s a science and technology museum. Though actually there’s not a lot of technology…they could have more modern displays. But it covered a lot, from astronomy to glass making to sun dials to the history of flight to submarines (it was a bit eerie seeing a U-Boat submarine…do not go on a submarine if you have any issues with claustrophobia…or are not svelte.). The history of flight was interesting…there’s that Samuel Beckett saying which Stan Wawrinka has tattooed onto his arm: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No Matter. Try again.” which applies to flying. So many people tried to build airplanes before the Wright Brothers succeeded and they all looked so dicey, some lost their lives, humans didn’t give up.

    After a few hours in the museum, I reached the market and then Marienplatz and found all the tourists, German and otherwise. There was a big stage in the plaza and music, lots of drinking and wursts around. I got some beautiful strawberries, and did some window shopping. (Tomorrow it won’t be just “window” shopping I fear.)

    After walking around the area, I walked back to my hotel. I walked by a marijuana store which was amusingly (to me anyway) situated next to a chocolates store. Both were closed. I also walked by a sign for the Bier Oktoberfest Museum and peered down the street…yup, there it was! Till tomorrow…

    Guten abend.

    European Singles Champion; Auf Wiedersehen Austria

    Biking Around the Worthersee


  • Rainy Friday in Munich

    Today I bid adieu to Robin, going with her to the airport and seeing her off (after a too long wait at check-in…Lufthansa has the baggage check-in completely automated, but not for people who booked with an airline other than Lufthansa…for them there’s a long line and one person checking people in). It’s worth mentioning again because the line was over an hour long I think when we left it.

    I took the train back to the hotel and after a workout and lunch, Erika and I went into Munich and visited the Residence, a huge palace/museum full of opulent rooms and also the Treasury which did contain a lot of treasures, silver, gold, tiaras, jewelry, porcelain and items necessary for running such a huge palace.

    We also visited a couple of churches, St. Peter’s, since Erika hadn’t walked in yesterday and the Frauenkirche which was pretty plain though very large. It was rainy but people were waiting in the rain to see and hear the Glockenspiel…

    I searched for peanut butter afterwards and found this selection (I chose chocolate, naturally).

    Next up is Paris…taking the TGV train tomorrow early. The European adventure continues….tennis will resume on Monday.

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  • Into the Doubles Final at World Championships

    Robin Harris and I won our 9:30 am doubles semi today over Aussies Susie Ellis/Judy Buzza. We played through intermittent rain showers.

    Susan Wright and Pat Medrado had just finished their warm up when it began to rain, then pour around 1pm. Susan had never played in the rain so lucky for her it rained too hard to continue outdoors. They ended up playing on fast indoor clay in Ulm. Susan and Pat won 62 63 over Lyn Mortimer and Sabine Schmidt.

    Diane Barker played Regina Marsikova and was down 63 3-0 when it rained. After play resumed, Marsikova won the set 61.

    Mark Vines was up a set in the 60 singles but pulled a calf muscle at 1/0 in the second and was down 4/2 when I left. It poured shortly after. Update: Vines won 63 64 and plays German, Norbert Henn. Henn beat Danny Waldman in two close sets.

    Henn and Waldman are into the doubles final though with a win over Aussies Steve Myer/Mike Ford.

    Tom Coulter from the USA is in the doubles final with Anders Jarryd.

    Waldman/Mary Dailey and Vicki Buholz/Ross Persons both lost in the mixed 55 semis today.

    Jenny Klitch/Andrea Rice fell in the semis, in a tight match.

    Results and draws.


  • There’s Always Doubles!

    Today I played Diane Barker and it was a Groundhog Day situation…I keep playing her and the outcome never varies…Diane wins. This time it was 63 61. I played ok but not great (a lot of that had to do with Diane of course) and Diane played well and hit a lot of winners. Regina Marsikova trounced Ros Balodis in the other semi…Marsikova is playing exceptionally well.

    Jenny Klitch fell to top seeded Klartje Van Baarle in straight sets. We commiserated…we both tried a lot of things and our opponents countered too well! She and Andrea Rice are in the doubles semis tomorrow.

    Jenny Klitch, Vicki Buholz, Andrea Rice: Rain Delay
    Susan Wright, Jenny Cerff

    Danny Waldman caused the biggest upset of the day, beating defending champion and top seed Glen Busby (60s) in three sets despite losing the first five games of the match. He’s also in the men’s doubles semis and mixed semis. Mark Vines beat the #2 seed, Pierre Godfroid in three sets as well.

    Vicki Buholz and Ross Persons are in the 55 mixed final along with Waldman/Mary Dailey.

    Susan Wright/Patricia Medrado won their QF doubles today.

    Robin Harris and her partner Steve Myers fell in the semis of the mixed to Medrado/Godfroid in a rain and thunder/lightning storm interrupted match which finished just before dark.

    The weather took a big turn in the late afternoon…it’s been quite hot but this afternoon it was cooler and there were some tremendous thunderstorms with lots of lightning. It is going to drop from about 90 to the upper 60s by tomorrow. And there’s a very high chance of rain tomorrow.

    Forecast for tomorrow: 👎🤔💦☔️

    We play the doubles semis at 9:30 tomorrow morning and Susan plays third on the court. Diane plays at 10.

    I had time today to run errands and arrange for a car for our trip starting Saturday to Austria and Czech Republic.

    It’s late…here is a link to the draws.


  • Worlds Day 5: Nichols, Barker, Klitch Into the Semis; Waldman, Vines, Into the Quarters

    Wednesday August 22, Neu-Ulm, Germany

    Today was another warm and sunny day in Ulm and a busy one. Susan and I warmed up at 8 for our 11am matches; We were both scheduled for 11am but got on slightly late. I played at SSV Ulm on Court 1 against Lyn Mortimer. It was pretty much a dust bowl…a couple of shots just nestled into the clay as they would a pillow and refused to bounce. I won 62 62 in about 90 minutes, and played pretty well. It was my third time playing Lyn in the past 6 weeks!

    Robin Harris and I reached the doubles semis too, beating Patricia Peal and Patricia Wire 61 62, but the match was closer than the score, lasting 90 minutes.

    Susan Wright played Regina Marsikova a former pro player who won 17 titles on tour and was ranked in the top 15 for five years; she was a semifinalist twice at the French Open and won the doubles there once, and also reached the semis of the US Open. In other words, she’s formerly a superb player and hasn’t lost much. She beat Susan in straight sets. I didn’t see the match but Susan and onlookers said it was a good match with some close games.

    Diane Barker won easily over Patricia Peal, and I play Diane tomorrow at 10am.

    Marcikova plays Ros Balodis in the other semi.

    Jenny Klitch won a tough match for the second straight day, against #4 seed Jurate Hardy of Lithuania. Jenny said it was a good, and very hard fought match, and after Jenny won Jurate invited her to lunch! That’s what good senior tennis is about, competition and camaraderie. Jenny and Andrea Rice also won their doubles match today.

    Shelly Works and Daniela Esswein advanced in 55 doubles

    Vicky Buholz lost a tough 3-setter to Barbora Koutna, saving multiple match points in the second set, only to fall in the third. Koutna was really pounding the ball.

    Danny Waldman advanced in singles, doubles (walkover from Busby/Persons) and mixed (with Mary Dailey); Mark Vines also reached the quarters in singles but with Wes Cash lost a tough one 11-9 in the match tiebreaker.

    Willie Alumbaugh and Scott Works won their R16 doubles match today in the 50s, in a match tiebreak.


  • Monday, Funday: ITF Senior Individual World Championships

    It was another early start today in Ulm, Germany. Susan Wright and I had 9am matches, so we left at 7:30. We had a half hour warm up then played our first matches.

    Susan beat PatriciaWire of GBR with the loss of only a game. I played Rosemary Everett, in a repeat of our semifinal match in Klosters two weeks ago. I won 60 61, but we had some long points.

    After lunch we played doubles, Susan with Pat Medrado and Robin Harris with me. We played Jenny Cerff and Jeanette Robert from So Africa and won by the score of the day 60 61, though to be fair Jenny played marathon singles matches yesterday and today.

    Robin is now playing mixed with Steve Meyers from Australia against my singles opponent (who is a better doubles player) and another Aussie.

    Most of the women’s singles and doubles were played in Ulm today, so I got to see Jenny Klitch, Andrea Rice and others.

    Tomorrow I play Elna Botha from So Africa and Robin and I play Pat Wire/Tish Peal.


  • Practice Day

    Sunday August 19, 2018, Ulm, Germany

    Susan Wright, Robin Harris and I took Pat Purcell to the bus station for her 7am bus, and the start of a very long road home. We left just after 6am, and Pat left me with the extroverts of our group! Though I must admit, 2 extroverts and 1 introvert is a better ratio than the reverse, especially since Robin and Susan have been friends since junior tennis days.

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    We went from the bus station at 6:30 am to go practice as there are no practice courts after 8:30 am so far this week. We had a good very early morning practice, then went back home to organize and to get strings for my racquets.

    I dropped Susan and Robin off around 11:30 and got a massage and, most importantly, WiFi for several hours!

    We all have the day off today but expect to play singles and doubles or doubles and mixed tomorrow.

    Draws and order of play and results are here.


  • Ulm Cathedral, Flammkuchen & Shoes: Saturday in Ulm

    Today, Saturday we had the day off from tennis and since it was Pat Purcell’s last day in Germany, she planned the day…mostly.

    We started with Robin, Pat and I grocery shopping at Aldi, Lidl and Rewe, which are all near each other…staples from Aldi, bread from Lidl, and yogurts from Rewe.

    After shopping we headed to old Ulm to view the Cathedral and perhaps go to the top. However, a concert was going on and the cathedral was closed for a while, so we had “free time” for 45 minutes. There was a farmers’ market going on so I wandered around it for a while. Lots of nice produce, meats and cheeses and flowers were on display.

    After looking at the market, I went shoe shopping at “Think Shoes” and got some sandals. I like their shoes and they are half the price here that they are at home, with a much better selection. Robin and Susan found me there and we went back to meet Pat at the Cathedral.

    We were on the hunt for Flammkuchen, a regional specialty of Baden-Wurttemberg. It is rather like a very thin pizza, cooked quickly in a brick oven. We got a traditional one of speck (sort of like a cross between bacon and Canadian bacon), onion, leeks and creme fraiche. We also got a “pizza” variety which was also very thin and rectangular, but had tomato sauce and salami on top. Shelly & Scott Works, Willy and Fran Chandler and Mary Dailey of the USA walked in as we were eating and soon were eating a ham pizza themselves. Pat found out that a Pinot Noir wine in this area is more like a Pinot Pink.

    After lunch we went to the Cathedral, Ulm Minster (technically not a cathedral), the tallest in the world, over 500 feet high and over 700 steps to the top. Pat thought there was an elevator to the top as she saw people being transported up on the outside but we later figured out that was probably construction workers being moved up mechanically. We got our 5 euro tickets and transported ourselves by foot up the church. Pat made it about 2/3 of the way before going down and we continued up. The last part is narrow and unlike the other staircases has 2-way traffic so going down was tricky. The view from the top though was very nice and it was a clear day. We could see the Danube, and fields and mountains in the distance. And we worked off some of our flammkuchen! We visited the inside of the church afterwards. It’s a beautiful gothic church, as so many are in Europe.

    Tomorrow Pat goes back to the USA, Robin, Susan and I are practicing early after taking Pat to the bus station and we have one more free day before the tournament begins.

    Draws for the individual world championships are here.


  • USA Wins Men’s 60, Women’s 50 Crowns in Germany

    USA won the men’s 60, Von Cramm Cup, on a long, grinding day in Neu-Ulm Germany Friday. The team had to finish a doubles match started on Thursday (suspended due to darkness) to start the day. The USA was down a set and tied at 3-3 in the second before winning the set 76 and clinching the semifinal win in three sets. On to Australia where the USA split the singles matches. Onto another deciding doubles match, also a three setter, won by the USA!

    The women’s 50 beat Germany to win the Maria Bueno Cup. The team’s depth was the key to the victory, along with the fighting spirit of Debbie Nasim at #1 singles; in addition, captain Ros Nideffer varied the lineups well.

    The women’s 55 were playing for bronze.

    The men’s 55 lost the 3/4 playoff and finished fourth.

    The USA women’s 60s team fell 2/1 to Australia, losing the deciding doubles 75 63. It was a tight match. Susan Wright sped through her match with Lyn Mortimer, winning 62 60 before Ros Balodis, AUS leveled the match with a strong 62 63 win over Diane Barker. Carolyn Nichols/Wright fell 75 63 in doubles after leading 53 in the first set.

    Women’s 55 won bronze.

    Tomorrow is a day off before playing the individuals.


  • USA Women’s 50 Advance to Final; USA Women’s 55, Men’s 55 Fall in Semis

    The USA Women’s 50 had a terrific win versus France today. Jenny Klitch got the team off to a positive start with a 75 60 win at #2 singles (against a player to whom she’d lost in 2014). That set the stage for a big battle at #1 singles with Debbie Spence Nasim playing for the USA. Debbie rallied from 15-40 down at 6-5 in the first set to take the opening set. An hour or more later, her opponent took the tiebreaker to level the match. The third set was another long battle, finally won by Nasim 75. Debbie had been sick and her breathing at times was labored but she fought so hard, hit great backhands and propelled the USA team into the final with her win. They play home team Germany in the final.

    The USA women’s 55 team fell to Germany in the semis, with Vicki Buholz at #1 and Tracy Houk at #1 losing very tough and competitive matches.

    The USA men’s 55 fell 2/1 to Germany, with Bill Moss picking up a win at #2 but then losing the #1 singles and the doubles points in straight sets.

    The USA men’s 50 team fell 2/1 to defending champion Italy in the 5-8 playoff with Eoin Collins supplying the sole point for the USA team.

    The USA Men’s 60s, Von Cramm Cup, are still playing, tied at 1 match apiece and having lost the opening set of the deciding doubles.

    Please click on the following links to view the Draws and Results:

    2018 ITF Seniors Teams Fred Perry Cup (M50)

    2018 ITF Seniors Teams Maria Esther Bueno Cup (W50)

    2018 ITF Seniors Teams Austria Cup (M55)

    2018 ITF Seniors Teams Maureen Connolly Cup (W55)

    2018 ITF Seniors Von Cramm Cup (M60)

    2018 ITF Seniors Alice Marble Cup (W60)

    Draws for the individual world championships are here.


  • USA Marble Cup Team (W60) Advances to Semis in Ulm, Germany

    The USA Alice Marble Cup team concluded round robin play by beating Argentina 2/1 behind strong singles performances of Susan Wright (winning 61 60 at #2) and Diane Barker (60 60 at #1). Pat Purcell and I unfortunately lost our doubles 62 75 to a very good team, Patricia Candegabe and Beatrix Villavere, the latter of whom is a superb doubles player and Candegabe played and served extremely well too…tough loss but a learning experience.

    I went upstairs to the SSV clubhouse to get ice (and it was there!) and took some photos from the terrace. I have lots of other photos but the cell service here is too slow to upload them…perhaps over wifi at the club one day. We’ve been playing on back courts, so there hasn’t been a chance to get connected there.

    USA vs ARgentina

    Tomorrow we play France for a spot in the final, while Australia faces Great Britain in the other semifinal.

    All six USA teams (men’s and women 50/55/60) won today, so all start either in quarters tomorrow except our team which is in the semis. Men’s 55 received a bye into the semis so have an off day tomorrow.

    Please click on the following links to view the Draws and Results:

    2018 ITF Seniors Teams Fred Perry Cup (M50)

    2018 ITF Seniors Teams Maria Esther Bueno Cup (W50)

    2018 ITF Seniors Teams Austria Cup (M55)

    2018 ITF Seniors Teams Maureen Connolly Cup (W55)

    2018 ITF Seniors Von Cramm Cup (M60)

    2018 ITF Seniors Alice Marble Cup (W60)

    Draws for the individual world championships are here.