The Young Seniors Individual World Championships finished November 2nd in Miami Beach, Florida.
Photos below courtesy of cameraworksusa (Susan and Fred Mullane).
Anda Perianu, silver and Kaysie Smashey, bronze were on the medals podium for the USA in women’s 35 singles. They teamed together in 35 doubles to reach the semis and earn bronze medals. Perianu was seeded 4th.
Marvin Colley, unseeded, reached the men’s 40 singles final. He also teamed with Brandon Blankenbaker to reach the 35 doubles final. Marvin and Brandon took out the 2nd and 4th seeds along the way.
Neither Perianu nor Colley were members of a USTA national team this year. Perianu was a member of the Suzanne Lenglen Cup team in 2018 which finished second. Smashey and Blankenbaker were members of the W35 and M35 USA teams respectively in 2019.
Jenny Klitch and Andrea Rice, both of whom are in the 50s, reached the 45 doubles final. They won the 50 clay courts in 2019. Klitch was a member of the W45 team which won bronze in Miami Beach while Rice was a member of the gold medal winning W50 team this year in Lisbon, Portugal.
Last week the USA Margaret Court Cup team, Jenny Klitch, Nancy Hilliard, Tracie Currie and Sophie Woorons Johnson were edged by France in the semis (France went on to win) then rebounded to beat Germany decisively in the 3/4 playoff to finish fourth. It was the highest finish of any of the USA Young Senior teams. Shown below are Hilliard, Currie and Klitch (Woorons is missing). Spain finished second. Photos courtesy of Jenny Klitch.
The USA Young Cup team, Millie Yablonicky, Yulia Bolotova, Amanda Parson Siegel and Lizl Kotz finished fourth; they won their round robin group, advanced to the semis with a bye, then fell in the semis and 3/4 playoff. Photos courtesy of cameraworksusa.
The Individual World Championships are open to any player who has an IPIN and is of the correct age (35+, 40+ or 45+). Singles, doubles and mixed are available for one entry fee. However, there are a disappointingly small number of American entrants in this event. The USTA does award USTA ranking points (normally the same points as for a Category I National, though I don’t know how many are being awarded this year).
France has taken out most of the USA teams in the past two days. Today France beat USA in the women’s 40s, winning both singles matches in straight sets. The doubles was not played.
In the women’s 45s, at #2 singles, France narrowly won at #2 singles 75 in the third. The #1 singles is going on now. Interestingly, USA’s #1, Sophie Woorons, is a French native, which may give USA an edge.
In the Tony Trabert Cup, M40, 5-7 place playoff, the USA is playing Great Britain and lost at #2 singles, with #1 singles and hopefully doubles to follow.
The women’s and men’s 35 & 45 teams are off today and play for 5th tomorrow.
The men’s 45 team plays this afternoon in the 8-11 place playoff bracket vs Russia. Update: USA won the #2 singles point and lead 1/0!
I will update this later tonight after the men’s 40 and women’s 45 finish.
UPDATE: Sophie won in straight sets at #1 singles; France won the doubles 64 in the third over Sophie & Tracie, so France advances to the final and USA will play for third on Friday in the women’s 40 & 45.
The USA W45 team (Margaret Court Cup) were in action on Wednesday at the North Miami Beach Tennis Center. After having two days off (having received a default from Brazil and a bye), they faced Canada. Nancy Hilliard at #2 and Sophie Woorons at #1 easily won their matches and Jenny Klitch/Tracie Currie looked to be on their way to doing the same, having won the first set 60, when the Canadians roared back and won the second set. No worries though, Jenny/Tracie won the match tiebreak (played in the knockout rounds only in this event in non-deciding matches) 10-5. They play top-seeded France in the semis on Thursday.
The USA Women’s 40 team, the Young Cup, advanced to the semis by winning their round robin group, then receiving a bye in the quarters. They play #1 seeded France in the 40s.
The USA Suzanne Lenglen Cup team (W35), finalists last year, fell to…you guessed it, France, in the quarters. Kaysie Smashey lost in three sets at #2 singles; Cup team rookie Heather Nobler was defeated in straight set. Evgenia Dockter/Julie Thu were edged 12-10 in the match tiebreak, giving France a 3/0 win.
The Italia Cup team, M35, after beating Canada yesterday, faced Netherlands in the quarters and lost both singles; Netherlands then defaulted the doubles point. Matt Hane at #2 singles lost in three sets; Jonathan Sucupira lost in straights at #1. They will now play for fifth place.
The Tony Trabert Cup team also lost to France, 2/1 (France defaulted the doubles point. Paulo Barros at #2 and Ross Duncan at #1 fell in tight two-set matches.
The Dubler Cup team (which won yesterday in the round robin), had today off and is now playing for 8th-11th.
Here are a few photos (courtesy of cameraworksusa, aka Susan & Fred Mullane).
The ITF Young Seniors (ages 35, 40 and 45 and over) World Team Championships began today in Miami Beach at the Flamingo Tennis Center and North Miami Beach at the Tennis Center there.
The opening ceremonies were held yesterday in North Miami Beach. In addition to the parade of nations, the opening featured a person jumping out of a plane and entertainers from South Beach singing and dancing.
It’s very very hot here, high 80s or better and very humid.
Today, Monday, all USA teams were in action. I watched the women’s 45 team of Sophie Woorons, Jenny Klitch, Nancy Hilliard and Tracie Currie. They played Paraguay, who seemed to have stacked their lineup…the #2 player had recently beaten the #1 player in an ITF tournament 63 60. So Jenny had a good match against a feisty player who served well and moved well, but was streaky. Jenny won 64 63. Sophie made short work of her opponent at #1 and showed off some flashy (and effective) jumping forehands and backhands. Nancy and Tracie won the doubles point.
In other action, the men’s 35s won 2/1 against Finland; Matt Hane at #2 and Jonathas Sucupira both won in straight sets to clinch the tie though Brandon Blankenbaker and rookie Quinn Borchard fell in three sets in the doubles.
The women’s 35s & 40s both won 3/0 against Ireland and Mexico respectively. The 35s had Kaysie Smashey at #2 singles, Heather Nobler at #1 and Julie Thu/Eugenia Dockter won the doubles point. On the 40s team, Lizl Kotz at #2 and Amanda Parson at #1 won the singles points while Millie Yablonicky and Yulia Bolotova won the doubles point.
The men’s 40s beat Turkey 3/0. Paulo Barros played #2 while Michael Halperin played #1 singles; Ross Duncan/Chris Groer took the doubles point.
The men’s 45s were the only USA team to be unseeded. They played a seeded team, Australia first round and unfortunately lost both singles matches; rookie Raj Vaswani fell at #2 and Michael Chang (no, not that Michael Chang) lost at #1 singles before Neil Grover and Art Hernandez won the doubles point.
Draws and results are here (click on “matches” to see the schedule and daily results).
Saturday afternoon and Sunday there was still quite a bit of tennis to play in Miami Beach at the ITF Regional Championship. I’m relying on the scores from the website, so if there’s an error as to who won, let me know, and please contact the tournament director to correct it online.
Men’s 40: (1) Michael Halperin d. (4) Ry Tarpley (3 sets)
Men’s 45: renee busch d. (1) Philippe Leblanc
Men’s 50: (1) Eoin Collins d. (2) Gabriel Keymer (64 64)
Men’s 55: Vincent Horcasitas d. (2) Denis Dumas 62 61 (Horcasitas also beat the top seed 61 61 in the quarters)
Men’s 60: (1) joakim berner d. (5) Ross Persons (3 sets)
Friday in Miami Beach…is noisy! Bands tuning up, motorcycles racing, rush hour traffic, high season energy. I played Dagmar Sperneder from Austria in the de facto 60s final and won. We played one court removed from a busy street, and across the street from a park where a band sounded like it was making sure its instruments worked (they did, believe me). It was noisy and windy and basically a normal high season Friday afternoon in Miami.
There were a lot of players onsite yesterday, unlike the sleepy atmosphere of Wednesday afternoon. The matches ran an hour late…we barely finished before dark. Our 3:30 match was scheduled for 2:45 on Thursday night, 3pm by Friday morning and by Friday afternoon the time had changed to 3:30, with the only notifications appearing on the website.
Shelly Works was soooo happy to finally play a match. She arrived Monday and didn’t get to play till Friday (she did receive a default on Thursday). Shelly actually got to play twice…she and Rainy Miller won their 6:30 pm doubles match and Shelly looked like she wanted to run around and play singles on the doubles court. Both played well and won. Saturday update: Shelly won the final in three sets, despite losing the first set 60 and facing three consecutive match points at 4-5 in the third, taking the tiebreak 7-3 against top seeded Simone Vasconcellos. Rainy as tweeting a group of players first on changeovers, then game by game and finally point by point in the TB.
Jenny Klitch blitzed the opposition in the 50s, winning the final against Julie Dybendahl of Australia without losing a game. Dybendahl though upset the 2nd seed in the semis, and had a good tournament herself. Donna Fales (W70) and Jenny are shown below; Donna finished 3rd in the women’s 70s and Toni Novack, USA finished 2nd. Leila Musalem won the event.
Nancy Hilliard (45) and Kaysie Smashey (35) added to the trophy haul for Texas, winning their singles events. Smashey beat Heather Nobler 63 63 in the final. CORRECTION: Nobler BEAT Smashey 63 63. Hilliard beat unseeded Tangerine Manning who fought her way to the final with consecutive 3-set wins, upsetting Kristen Kepler in the semis.
In men’s divisions, winners are: M35: Henry Choi; M40: Ry Tarpley UPDATE: I omitted Tarpley’s opponent, he plays vs Michael Halperin in the final. M45: Renee Busch vs Philippe LeBlanc in the final tomorrow; M50: Eoin Collins vs Gabriel Keymer; M55: Denis Dumas vs Vincent Horcasitas; M60: Ross Persons (seeded #5; #2 seeded Stu Saiki retired due to a bum leg in the quarters to Eric Friedman; Persons beat Friedman); M65: Fritz Raijmakers (Netherlands) vs Galba Couto; M70: Michael Beautyman, seeded 2, beat top seeded Bruce Barrett (also his doubles partner) in three sets; M75: Jimmy Parker and Fred Drilling play the final tomorrow; M80 had only 2 players.
In doubles: M35: Choi/Nick Rainey won; M45: Keymer/Mehech d. (1) Engel/Sack; M55: Persons/berner d. Blanno/Garman; M65:(1)Raijmakers/Danny Shaw d. (2) Barrett/Beautyman; M75: Jonsson/Parker won; unfortunately they had to play Drilling/Tibbits in the semis and won that in three sets…
In women’s doubles: 35s: Heather Nobler/Smashey won the 35s (only two teams); 45s: Chase/Williams will face Vasconcellos/Yanagi who beat the #2 and #1 seeds respectively. Michelle Willams is Rhyne Williams mom… 55s is a round robin and finishes tomorrow.
Miami Beach…March…what a nice place to be while the North is freezing and the West is raining! Even though the weather has been variable this week, from 90 on Monday to highs around 70 on Wednesday, it’s a nice place for a winter tournament.
The entries, particularly for the women, weren’t as large as expected but there are enough foreign players, especially from South America and Canada, to give the tournament an international vibe.
On check in we received a (men’s) t-shirt (courtesy of Lucky in Love), a towel, sunglasses and a tote bag.
I played Suzanne Siegler yesterday in the 60 singles round robin and won. Today Dagmar Sperneder of Austria beat Suzanne 61 64 so we play tomorrow for the title. In the 50s, Jenny Klitch is the top seed, and won yesterday to advance to the semis to be played tomorrow. She’s the only American left in the draw, along with two So American players and an Aussie. (Miami is a nice place to be when it’s winter in the Southern Hemisphere). Shelly Works is the 2nd seed and Simona Vasconcellos is the top seed in the 55s. Vasconcellos plays an intriguing match against Fran Chandler in the semis. Fran won their only prior meeting in three sets. Works, who arrived Monday, is looking forward to playing her first match tomorrow…she got a default today and plays fellow Texan Gayle Prejean tomorrow. Donna Fales and Toni Novack are playing 70s., though Toni lost her first match in the four player round robin. Kaysie Smashey, who was a singles finalist at the world championships in November here, leads the 35s seeds while another Texan, Nancy Hilliard, is the top seed in the 45s.
The younger men’s draws were pretty large, and there are a lot of familiar names. 2014 world champion Eoin Collins leads the men’s 50; Michael Halperin is the top seed in men’s 40s; Phillips Leblanc is the Men’s 45 top seed; Jimmy Parker leads the 75s; Achim Gass and Denis Dumas are the top 55 seeds; Joaquin Berner and Stu Saiki top the 60 seeds; Fritz Raijmakers of the Netherlands is the 65 #1 seed. Bruce Barrett was the top 70 seed but was injured in his first match; Correction:the incorrect winner was reported and Barrett in fact WON by retirement. (His opponent was in a car accident). Michael Beautyman is the 2nd seed.
There was a fantastic player party on Wednesday night. Everyone LOVED the food. (Even Fran Chandler!). There was a pasta bar (everything from fettuccine to butternut squash ravioli to cheese tortellini plus toppings of veggies, chicken, shrimp, cheese and three sauces); a sushi bar, poke bowls, great hors d’oeurves, and a wonderful desserts, (brownies with ice cream; yummy chocolate chip cookies and more). The location is right on the beach.
I also took a walk along the boardwalk (some sketchy hotels, which apparently will make room for new buildings soon) but the life guard stations were cool!
The ITF are pleased to confirm that the ITF Seniors World Team & Individual Championships 2019 will take place in Lisbon & Estoril, Portugal from Sunday 4 August to Saturday 17 August 2019. The Team Championships will run from Sunday 4 August to Friday 9 August although Saturday 10 August will be used if there is inclement weather. Further information will be made available in early 2019.
2019 Super Seniors World Team Championships
The ITF are pleased to announce that the 2019 Super-Seniors World Team Championships will take place in Umag, Croatia from Sunday 15 September 2019 to Friday 20 September 2019. Please note, Saturday 21 September will be used if necessary.
Further details of the 2019 event will be made available early in 2019.
2019 Young Seniors World Team Championships
The ITF are pleased to confirm that the ITF Young Seniors World Team & Individual Championships 2019 will take place in Miami Beach, Miami, FL, USA from Sunday 20 October to Friday 25 October (Saturday 26 October will be used if necessary). The Individual Championships will run from Saturday 26 October to Saturday 2 November inclusive. Further information will be made available in early 2019.