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  • Palm Beach Gardens Grandes Dames ITF Grade 1/USTA Super Cat II Saturday, Day 5

    Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

    Jenny Klitch went three for three in Palm Beach Gardens, winning the 50 singles & doubles (with Lisa Bonder-Kerkorian) on Friday and adding the 40 doubles title (with Andi Pliski) on Saturday, beating the impending rain. The 40s final was a three-setter with the Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center pro Tara Pressley and Julie Axlerod giving the defending champions a strong challenge, taking the second set 62 before Klitch/Pliski won the third 62. There were a lot of spectators cheering despite the overcast skies.

    Susanne Clark, unseeded, won the 80 singles without dropping a set, beating her doubles partner, Grace Woo in the final. Clark/Woo finished second in doubles, beating the #2 seeds, Carol Wood/Burnett Herrick in two tight sets. The top seeds, Inge Weber/Dorothy Wasser, won the 80 doubles title, winning all three matches in straight sets.

    Kathy Zanon/Ann Jacobs were tied at 2-2 in the third with top seeds Abbi Neuthaler/Kim Jones when the rain stopped the match under the Friday night lights. When they returned Saturday Jacobs/Zanon won the third set 63 and advanced to the final against #2 seeds Aimee Norris/Anne Frautschi. Frautschi/Norris came out of the gates strong, winning the first set 63, but Jacobs/Zanon played a nearly perfect final two sets winning 62 in the third to claim the 60 doubles title. Jones/Neuthaler finished third.

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  • Werzer Cup: Hitting With a Legend

    Poertschach am Worthersee, Austria

    Today I had a chance to hit with King Van Nostrand. King is aptly named…he’s a king of senior tennis, and is true tennis royalty. From Vero Beach, Florida, he’s been honored by the ITF with a seniors lifetime achievement award, having won more than 10 Individual World Championships and more than 10 team championships.

    King is playing in the 85s, but his ball is so heavy and his dropshot so short and spinny. There are several good players in the 85s, but I can’t see King and his titanium knees having too much of a problem winning this event.

    There are a few San Diego area players here, and I watched a bit of Dave Van Den Berg. He was playing an Italian player with two pretty hefty knee braces and cruised to a win. He now however has to play Peter Pokorny of Austria, the top seed and like King, a legend whose won more than 10 individual ITF titles and team events. A couple of other Americans, Karl Placek (seeded 7) and Robert Anderman (faces the #4 seed) are playing 75 singles here.

    I just practiced a couple of hours today, hit the grocery store and drug store and watched more French Open tennis (and listened to it on Radio Roland Garros which is excellent).

    Photos aren’t loading right now….wifi in Europe tends to be dreadfully slow at least in hotels.

    Previous Blog Posts:

    Poertschach, Austria…Planes, Trains and Tennis

    Practicing on the Dirt

    Draws are here.

     


  • Barcelona: Tennis Under the Lights

    I played my first round match last night at dusk. I was scheduled for 7:30 and got on closer to 8pm. I was fortunately following King Van Nostrand, who wrapped up a win here in the men’s 80s right before my match. I played Patricia Labat Laberrere from France. I’d played her a couple of years earlier in Mallorca and we had good points there. I was a bit more aggressive this time I think and won 60 60…we didn’t have a lot of long rallies and finished just about sunset, and the lights had come on over our court.

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    Erin Boynton played a Spanish player and won 60 64. Her court was out in the back and had the older style lights and one light was out (though she said she never realized it). Her match started late this time because her opponent was 30 minutes late because she drove and couldn’t find parking. (The tournament had sent out an advisory to players that there would be no parking on Thursday due to a 120th Club Anniversary bash.) So it was pretty dark on that court and as it got cooler and the balls heavier, her opponent came alive and got a lot of balls back. Erin adjusted and won about every other point with a drop shot!

    The anniversary party went on apparently till 2:30 am…my room was on the opposite side of the hotel from the party but Erin’s was just above the party which apparently featured a horrible singer till 2:30am. The club was issued a permit to have loud music till 2:30am too so there was no way to stop the racket. It’s Spain. (Erin’s room is on the left side in the photo below…mine on the right..I was lucky!)

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    Tonight I play the 3rd seed, Encarnita Gomes Ruiz from Spain and Erin plays the top seed, Laura DiVittori from Italy. Then we play a couple of Austrians in doubles. (We last played doubles 3 days ago! ) We start at 6pm for singles and have doubles scheduled at 7:30 which is pretty optimistic scheduling by the referee I think.


  • ITF World Seniors & Super Seniors Surface Announcement Update

    Due to player feedback the surfaces for Lake Nona have been changed from my earlier announcement. See below for the ITF announcement today.

    http://www.itftennis.com/news/259311.aspx

    The surfaces to be used at the 2017 Seniors World Championships, Miami, USA and Super-Seniors World Championships, Lake Nona, USA have been confirmed as the following:ITF Seniors World Team & Individual Championships:

    Teams – Sunday 29 October – Friday 3 November

    Clay Courts

    Maria Esther Bueno (W50), Fred Perry Cup (M50), Alice Marble (W60) Von Cramm Cup (M60)

    Hard Courts Maureen Connolly Cup (W55), Austria Cup (M55)

    Individual Championships – Saturday 4 November – Saturday 11 November

    Clay Courts

    (W50), (M50), (W60) and (M60)

    Hard Courts

    (W55), (M55)

    ITF Super-Seniors World Team & Individual Championships:

    Teams – Sunday 8 October – Friday 13 October

    Individuals – Saturday 14 October – Saturday 21 October

    Clay Courts

    For all Teams Cups/Individual Championships

    Factsheets will be published as soon as possible.
    Read more at http://www.itftennis.com/news/259311.aspx#VQZKYBbPpcK1u5d8.99


  • Finals Day & Off to Tallin, Estonia 

    I played Pat Medrado in the final of the Worlds came in second best. She beat me 60 62 but it was a 1 hour 45 minute match, lots of long games and rallies, but she won all the big points and most of the other ones! She has an incredible topspin backhand, moves well, and maintained tremendous intensity throughout. I played much better than the last time we played, and learned a lot. The moral victory was that our match was at least 30 minutes longer than the other finals, even though I had fewer games to show for it.

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    So, after the final, I was supposed to meet up with the gang, Susan, Vicki and Erin. Vesna is on her way back to Florida now.Shelly  Works and I took the public bus. I got on the one to Centrum, as I had been told, (a new bus line for me), 550. Well, it was a long ride and we ended up at the wrong Centrum and had to take the Metro back, costing me about 30 minutes.  I stored my racquet bag and got the tram to the waterfront. The tram of course was late and took longer than I expected. So I had about 20 minutes to find the boat to Talkin and buy a ticket.. I thought. Erin texted me directions.. Several (but unfortunately no photos!) and I found it, got my ticket, boarded and the boat started moving about 3 minutes later, 7 minutes early! 


    We had a nice view of the harbor in Helsinki as we left. And in just over an hour I will be in Estonia, another new adventure.