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  • Two Matches! Successful Start in World Championships

    Monday October 18, 2021

    Draws are here. 

    Photos are here

    Today I played my first singles match at the ITF Super Senior World Championships, ten days after my last match in the ITF 1000 here. I warmed up with Sabine Schmitz, my doubles partner at 8:15 (sunrise is about 8am). I played at Son Besso tennis club about five minutes from Font de sa Cala. I practiced there a few days ago and my match ended up being on the same court. I arrived early at Son Besso had my temperature taken (I was NOT hot headed), and watched Patricia Medrado, a former top 30 player and multiple ITF singles and doubles champion play as well as Tina Karwasky. Both cruised to victory and Medrado was very impressive in her movement. Tina was all over the net and also played really well.

    I played Christiane Deryckere of Belgium. I’ve played her several times before and we’ve had some good sets. She started out blasting the ball, and hitting quite a few winners. But I figured out some of her pattens (and she made some errors on big points), and won 61 60 but it was nearly 1 1/2 hours including warm up. However she plays quite a bit slower than I do, or at least did so today. There were a few interesting moments; after I won the first game of the second set she was sitting down on the changeover and I reminded her that she could not do that after the first game of set (she didn’t sit down after the first game of the match). She asked when that rule changed (around 2000)…but it turns out she thought the set score was 62, not 61 (even though the scoreboard showed it to be 61), so her confusion made sense, in retrospect (after the match). We had a fair match; she called a ball out on herself (it was 8 inches out but I had trouble finding the mark initially); I called a serve out but overruled myself when looking at the mark (it just caught). In ITFs which aren’t chaired a player can be invited over to the other end of the court to check a mark; Christiane wasn’t sure of whether a mark was in or out and so called me over (it grazed the line in my opinion, and she gave me the point).

    Christiane Deryckere and Carolyn

    Sabine won easily over Hildegarde Bruggaber, who said she played well but came away with only two games. I play Dagmar Sperneder again (I played her in the semis of the ITF 1000 two weeks ago); she beat Leena Ranta of Finland in a good match 64 76.

    In the afternoon we (Sabine and I) played doubles against Rosa Mendoza from Peru and Barbara Tsur from Israel. So we had players from four continents on the court, North & South America, Europe and Asia. Pretty cool. We won 60 60.

    Sabine Schmidt and Carolyn

    After the match we watched a dramatic women’s 70s match between two Germans, #4 seeded Heide Froeysok and Irene Smutny. They were half way through the second set when we started our doubles, and were at about 21 in the third when we finished. Another doubles match went on after our match and also finished before the women’s match (granted it was a 60 60 match). Heide finally won 76(5) in the third but not before Irene had two match points at 6-5 and led 52 in the tiebreak. Neither player held serve in the final set. There was quite a crowd watching to see who could finish off the match, which started about 1:30 and finished just before 5:30.

    Round up of American results: Tina Karwasky won singles/doubles in the 65s; Doug Ditmer/Daniel Grossman and Danny Shaw all advanced in 65 doubles; Danny Waldman won in 65 singles; Michael Beautyman and Donald Long advanced in 75 singles while Miguel Cordova lost; Beautyman/Les Buck won in 75 doubles as did Dean Corley/Don Long (top seeds) and George Balch/Karol Placek (by default); Heide Orth won in 75 singles and plays the Finnish player she lost to in the Cup last week; Robert Anderman won in men’s 80 singles; Donna Fales won in women’s 80 singles; Anderman/Thomas Brunkow advanced in 80 doubles; Fales/Dorothy Wasser won in 80 doubles; Four of the eight remaining players in the men’s 85s are American: top seeded King Van Nostrand; unseeded Herm Ahlers (who beat the #8 seed), Chuck Nelson (beat the #7 seed…all that practice the week of the Cups must have helped) and Ned Buckman (beat the #4 seed). Van Nostrand, Buckman/Nelson all advanced to the doubles semis. Sheila Palmer lost in 85 singles and 80 doubles. Leona Bryson hasn’t played doubles yet.

    Tomorrow I play singles only; all of the quarters in the 65s are at 10:30 except my match which is at 2:30 for some reason. I play at Beach Club Font de sa Cala. The schedule for the tournament is not done for the week as is normal in USTA tournaments…each evening an order of play is posted for the next day, so from day to day one may play only singles or doubles or mixed or all three, but till about 5pm it’s a mystery.


  • Last Practice Day (8)

    Sunday October 1y, 2021

    Draws are here.

    Photos are here

    Today was the last practice day before the Individual World Championships for me. I checked on practice courts in the morning (there were none till after 5pm at the earliest) so I checked on other options in the area, and found available courts at the Canyamel Park Hotel (for a fee, 20 Euros an hour per court). I reserved a court and practiced with Michael Beautyman again. We were given a court in the back that was very beach-like…thick and sandy. There was a steady stream of lessons net to us, all taught in German. On the first court, when we arrived five players were playing “dingles”…though they didn’t call it that.

    Top left, Carolyn Steve Dance, Dagmar Sperneder, Sabine Schmitz; Top Right, Carolyn and Salma (head of the Tunisian Tennis Association and Chair of ITF Seniors Committee); bottom; Tennis Club in Canyamel

    Canyamel is about 15 minutes down the coast from Font de Sa Cala, and is a beach resort, primarily visited by Germans.

    After practice I picked up my racquet I’d had strung and chatted with some of the players. Suella Steel lost a tight match to the #2 seed in the 80s, an unfortunate draw for her. She wasn’t used to all the softer balls and drop shots. Donna Fales (80s), Sheila Palmer (85), Dorothy Wasser (80), George Balch (75), Michael Gurmai (75), Miguel Cordova (M75), Dan Waldman (M65), advanced while I believe in men’s 75, Karl Placek & Les Buck both retired with injuries (the winner isn’t listed but both were hobbled) and Dean Corley lost. In the 65s, Danny Shaw (an American who lives in Austria) and Andrew Stanley (a Brit who lives in USA) both fell. Liana Bryson and Adrienne Sprouse lost in the women’s 70. Warren Mosler, the only American in men’s 70, lost.

    The Americans mostly did well yesterday in mixed with Suella Steel (with Peter Pokorny), Donna Fales/Dean Corley, Danny Shaw (with Hildegard Bruggaber) and Andrew/Ann Stanley advancing.

    I play tomorrow against a Belgian player, Christiane Deryckere at 10 at Son Besso tennis club, about a 5 minute drive from here. She’s a nice player, should be a good match. I practiced there two days ago and the courts are rather like the ones I practiced on today.


  • Practice Day 7 & Castell de Capdepera

    Saturday October 16, 2021

    Draws are here.

    Photos are here

    The ITF Super Seniors Individual World Championships began today with a light schedule: Men’s 65 Round of 128 and mixed doubles. Americans Dean Corley/Donna Fales advanced over a pair of Canadians to the quarters. Danny Shaw, who plays under an American passport but lives in Austria won both his singles and mixed matches today. Andrew and Ann Stanley won their mixed (and Andrew, who plays under the British flag but lives in the USA won his singles match).

    In the morning I decided to visit the Castell de Capdepera since I was not hitting till 1pm. I drove up near the Castle, up some very narrow streets (one car wide given that there were cars parked on the street and that it was 2-way traffic). The castle is pretty large on a hill. From the top views of both the sea and the surrounding farm land and the old city of Capdepera can be seen. The castle was first built in about 300 AD by Romans and enlarged by Moors, then destroyed, then rebuilt around 700 AD. There’s a church at the top.

    The castle looks…like a castle with the typical battlement at the top and openings in the walls for rifles and canons. There are parts near the top of the wall where visitors can walk. The cost to enter the castle is a reasonable 3 euros (about $3.50).

    Castel de Capdepera
    Narrow two-way street in Capdepera.

    After I returned to Font de Sa Cala I practiced with Michael Beautyman at one venue, Na Taconara. I saw a few other Americans there, Tina Karwasky, practicing with a Spanish player, and Leona Bryson. Later I went to Tenis Club Aguait near the water and hit some more with Michael and Les Buck. I had not played at this club before and it is a nice club, with a very busy restaurant (and the food looked very good), and lots of padel courts.

    Padel Courts at Tenis Y Padel Club Aguait

    Someone (or someones) were having a happy Saturday afternoon at Club Aguait.

    I don’t play tomorrow but my potential opponents do in singles so I may scout them before practicing in the afternoon.


  • Practice Day 6/World Team Championship Medal Ceremony

    Friday October 15, 2021

    Yesterday, Thursday was a rest day from tennis..I watched a bit of Spain vs France in the 65 Women’s division ( France won but only in the deciding doubles).

    Today it was back to practicing. First I checked in for the individual world championships where everyone received a polo shirt and player badge.

    Next I watched the Women’s 65 final between France and Germany. I thought the singles would be close…the French #1 Glaszmann lost to the Spanish #1 Chillida Belzunce, who in turn lost to the German #1 Dippner. And the German #2, Schmitz beat the Spanish #2, Togores Colom 2,0 while Le Grande beat her in three sets. But style matchups matter.

    In the final, France came out relaxed and ready and moving beautifully while Germany looked tense. The French women played nearly perfect tennis. Their #2, Benedicte Le Grand had never won a gold team medal.

    In the afternoon Americans Michael Beautyman and Les Buck then hit a bit with Suella Steel. We hit at a different venue, son Besso and the courts were different, slower, softer.

    This evening the ITF had its medal ceremony for the Cups. It was a little sad to watch, but also nice to see the joy on the winners’ faces…

    The medal ceremony was very nice, with a big screen, the team and players’ names announced. The national anthems of the gold medal winning teams were played..so basically Germany and France, which won eight of the nine the team events.

    France and Germany won all but one of the nine cups contested; the medal ceremony concluded with the men’s 65 cup (ironically called the Britannia Cup, ironic since Great Britain fielded no teams)…which was won by Spain. The only non-European team to medal was Chile which finished fourth in the women’s 70s. Not shown below is the Women’s 80’s, won narrowly by France over Germany. Germany dominated the men’s events, winning four of five cups while France dominated the women’s divisions, winning all but the 70s (won by Germany), or three out of four cups. A women’s 85 cup was offered but there were no teams entered at the end.

    Number 2 singles; Netherlands; Winning French team; Spain and Germany, Women’s 65/Kitty Godfree Cup

  • Practice Day 5, Wednesday

    Writing Thursday Morning 10/14/21

    Yesterday was my last practice day at Global Tennis, in Marraxti. I drove over in the morning, over the now familiar route, past the small agricultural towns in the center of Mallorca. I know know that on 2-lane roads the general speed limit is 90 km/hr unless otherwise posted (about 55 mph); 100 on four-lane highways (about 60 mph) and 120 on the freeways. The difference between highways and freeways: on the highways, about every 5 km there’s a roundabout for drivers to exit the highway or continue on the same route. On freeways there’s a normal exit (then most likely a roundabout…there aren’t many stoplights or stop signs in Mallorca but there are hundreds at least of roundabouts!

    The two-lane roads are often lined with stone walls (most ungrouted) and the farms are dotted with stone buildings and cisterns to water the fields. There are lots of olives (domesticated and wild) and almond trees all over the island, and citrus near the southeast part.

    I stopped again at Montuiri for a photo with a better camera…the town is actually even prettier from the other side. Montuiri is known for its many windmills.

    Montuiri
    Montuiri is known for its many windmills, used in agriculture extensively in Mallorca.

    After a 90 minute practice, I got gas, then hit the Alcampo one last time (peanut butter and apples of course) and drove back to Font de Sa Cala where I hit with Les Buck from USA who had arrived the day before. I saw Tina Karwasky, who was hitting with her doubles partner, Patricia Medrado from Brazil, an excellent player. And while waiting for a court I watched the French 65 team practice…they are playing Spain now and then Germany…the Germany/France match tomorrow should be a good one. I don’t believe any of the players on the teams has won a world team championship before (regards to the missing teams), so it’s a big match for all involved.

    A lot more Americans arrive this afternoon and evening.

    The singles draws came out last night for the individual world championships which begin Saturday. Doubles draws will probably be posted tonight. The link is in my previous blog post.


  • Draws Posted for Individual World Championships

    The singles draws have been posted for the ITF Super Seniors Individual World Championships.

    View draws here.

    The doubles draws should be posted tomorrow.

    Play begins Saturday. Women’s draws begin Sunday (other than perhaps mixed.)


  • Practice Day 4 & Sineu & Petra

    So Sineu and Petra are towns in Mallorca in the center of the Island.

    I had an early practice session…9:30 (remember that it doesn’t get light till about 8am and I was driving over an hour to play). On the way I passed by Montuiri, and pulled over to take a quick photo. Montuiri dates back to the 1300s and is famous for its windmills.

    Montuiri

    After hitting I decided to visit a couple of towns in the central area, Sineu (population about 4000) and Petra (population about 3000).

    Sineu is famous for its Church of Santa Maria, which is quite massive and old and in previous times, its palace, which is now a convent and its Wednesday market. It’s surrounded by agricultural fields and orchards. There were also a lot of bikers in the town both bicycle bikers and motor bikers. Next to the church is a central plaza lined. with restaurants.

    Petra is the home of Father Junipero Serra, who founded the missions in California including the San Diego mission. There’s a museum there (which was closed) and the house he grew up in along with a large church. The streets are narrow, as is common in Mallorca and the area surrounding Petra is agricultural…I saw a tractor going down one of the streets. There’s a central square with a statue of Serra, and there were lots and lots of bicyclists having lunch when I walked through.

    Petra
    Petra
    San Diego Mission

    After leaving Petra, I returned to Font de Sa Cala and decided to see if I could get in a short hit…and ran into Tina Karwasky who was looking for a hit as well, so we had a practice. We ran into the top two players from the French team who laughed when we told them that the USA teams were pulled in part because Spain was deemed too dangerous! France and Germany will likely play for the gold on Friday…the players on the teams haven’t won gold so it could be a nervous but exciting final.


  • Font de Sa Cala: Practice Day 3

    Monday October 11, 2021

    Today was day two of the teams event (the one the USA pulled out of for “various reasons”).

    I drove over to Marraxti near Palma to train for about 90 minutes at a small academy (Global Tennis…NOT Nadal’s academy which is in Manacor). I had a good hit then went to Alcampo again, the huge supermarket/appliance/homegoods store nearby.

    I had a few things on my list…more apples (the Fujii apples I bought a few days ago were great so I got more; some distilled water for Donna Fales (W80 and now she will have it when she arrives) and sharp kitchen knives (because somehow mine were left behind when I changed suitcases). So at the Alcampo, there is a person dedicated to weighing produce…one person for the entire store (there is no self service for this and if you don’t get the produce weighed, when you go to checkout the clerk will send you back to get it weighed). On the other hand there are a handful of checkout lanes which have live clerks and dozens of self-checkout lanes. It’s an odd juxtaposition.

    The carts for the Alcampo are outside and as is normal in Europe, one has to put a euro coin in the cart to use it..when it’s returned so is the euro, so there are not carts strewn about the parking lot. It might work in the USA but then our largest coin is a quarter, so it might not.

    When I got back to Font de Sa Cala (a nice drive via Petra…I hope to visit the cathedral there tomorrow) I got in an hour hit with Steve Dance which was excellent…I’ll be ready to play a lefty next week.


  • Practice Day 2: Font de Sa Cala

    Sunday in Font de Sa Cala, Spain

    The Super Senior World Team Championships started today in Font de Sa Cala, but of course the USA teams along with many others were missing.

    I watched some of the Men’s 65s Netherlands vs Italy #1 singles which was a good match…the Italian started strongly against Frits Raijmakers…winning the first set…I left for lunch just as the third set was beginning. Frits had turned the match around by then, winning the second set 76 and the Italian was tiring…and eventually he retired at 41 down. Italy had won the #2 singles so the match came down to the doubles, which the Netherlands won. It was a tough start to the event for both teams.

    Later in the afternoon I hit with Steve Dance and Tina Karwasky, and saw quite a few players walking around after their matches. It’s better really to just ignore the fact that the team event is going on.


  • Mallorca 1000 Wednesday: Into the Final

    Draws are here.

    Photos are here.

    Wednesday was semifinal day in Mallorca. There were some ominous looking clouds in the not too distant sky as we waited for our court assignment. It was also very windy (not by Florida standards though). I played my warm up partner for the week, Dagmar Sperneder. We had a good warm up and then were out on the same court 15 minutes later. I posted a solid win (and hit about half a dozen aces which was a personal best against a decent player), as did Sabine Schmidt, the top seed, who took out Encarnacion Gomez-Ruiz in the other semi. Sabine said Encarnita was a bit tired/hurt from her long three setter the day before. We both finished by 10am, and had to play through intermittent showers, which still feels weird for someone who grew up on California hard courts where rain = stop playing! These clay courts absorbed the showers, though just as we finished it started raining a lot harder.

    I didn’t watch a lot of tennis today because I moved into the apartment I rented for the rest of my stay. It turned out to be just across the street from the tennis courts, the location couldn’t be better. So now I have fast wifi (fiber), and a washer and dryer, a nice patio with a barbecue. The flat comes complete with an outdoor cat and food to give it. Of course, after transferring my luggage I had to hit the grocery store, Lidl and Eroski. Lidl is a lot like the European Aldi (quite a bit different though from American Aldi stores). I felt like a pro at the store…got bread, sliced and bagged it, a selection of Spanish cheeses they had which looked interesting, turkey, apples (of course), various drinks and items I hadn’t packed. The eggs of course weren’t refrigerated. They always have Feltsalat (I don’t know the word in English…something like lambs lettuce)..[update: it IS lambs lettuce] which is hard to find in the USA and delicious. And at the Eroski, some mango chutney sauce which is great on sandwiches. No peanut butter to be found though, so I’ll have to get that on the other side of the Island Friday or Saturday.

    There were some interesting results today though. Stephen Dance from Australia (given special permission to travel as was Andrew Rae) upset #1 Fritz Raijmakers of Netherlands, handing Fritz his first 65s ITF loss of the year, 75 64. the conditions were really difficult with the wind and rain, but Stephen was the steadier player. The men’s 80s final will feature Jaime Pinto Bravo from Chile (who looks nowhere near his age and plays like a much younger man), who won 60 60 while Peter Pokorny had to fight hard to beat #4 seeded Eckard Kaercher 10-8 in the match tiebreak. Pokorny looked good too, hitting his topspin lefty forehand over Kaercher’s head a times.

    In women’s 70, Heidi Eisterlehner (1) will face Leyla Musalem (2) of Chile in the final. Heide Orth will face her doubles partner Suzy Burggraf in the final.


  • ITF S1000, Font de Sa Cala, Mallorca: Into the Semis

    Draws are here.

    I played the quarters of the ITF S1000 in Font de Sa Cala, Spain today, against Katrin Dippner. I warmed up early (8:30) with Dagmar Sperneder of Austria (and Netherlands and Spain). The procedure is to book a practice court no earlier than 3pm for either 8 or 8:30 the next day. (As I was writing this I realized it was 3:30 and I had not booked a court for tomorrow, though now that the draws are whittled down to the semis, booking a court is pretty easy, and there were plenty of courts left.)

    She’s a good player (her ITF resume says she started playing at age 4), and has a good record against the top seed, Sabine Schmidt (who is playing very well). Katrin has four children (two of her sons and some of her six grandchildren are here), and recently retired so now has time to play more tournaments. I won 60 61 today, but we had some good points and a few close games…playing Dippner in two weeks could be a different proposition after she’s played the team event next week. Dagmar won too and even though we play each other tomorrow we are warming up together.

    After I finished, I watched Fritz Raijmakers of Netherlands (top seed and world #2 in 65s) play a British player, Peter Warnock. Warnock tested him…he began by ripping forehand returns to break the top seed and the two exchanged periods of good play with periods of…less perfect play. Raijmakers finished well, winning 63 76 (1) in front of an entertained crowd. Fritz maintained his 2021 perfect ITF Seniors record.

    After lunch I walked up to another venue, Na Taconara. It’s been a while since I was in Font de Sa Cala, and the Sports Club Na Taconara has added many beach volleyball courts, all of which were busy, though at the expense of four red clay courts. The fitness area seemed much upgraded too. There were a smattering of consolation matches from the tournament taking place there.

    I wandered back, and along the beach, which on a lovely day was busy. Back at the Beach Club there seems to be something for every tourist…big pools, kids pools with water features and small slides, bocce courts, mini golf and more.

    The dinner last night, buffet style, was quite good. There’s a lot to choose from: pasta bar, prepared meats and fishes, huge salad selection, fresh breads, potatoes of all sorts, fresh grilled chicken and fish and lots of deserts from fruit to cakes to ice cream. There is indoor seating and semi-outdoor seating in a screened in porch.


  • Mallorca, Font de Sa Cala ITF Seniors 1000

    Font de sa Cala, Spain

    I arrived in Font de sa Cala at around 9:15, checked in (my room was to be ready at 10:30, had a bit of breakfast, and read while I was waiting. The buffet breakfast was pretty much as remembered, lots of fruit, eggs, bacon, yogurts, breads (dozens) and cereals. Very nice and complete.

    When I arrived the decision had just been made to postpone play till noon. So I was able to get into my room (once I found it…it was tricky) and get ready to play. I was told 1:30 pm. I ran into quite a few people I knew and caught up a bit, then got my racquets and ran around on the basketball court up by some of the courts. There are quite a lot of clay courts here, all red clay. I played my first match though without having hit a ball on red clay for over two months. I won pretty easily and tomorrow play Katrin Dippner from Germany, a very good player and many time former champion here.

    I was able to get a practice court for tomorrow morning, get a bit of massage and finish transferring my luggage to my room in the afternoon, and get ready for tomorrow. I play second match on tomorrow, at 10:30 on Font A wherever that is, I just know it’s here at Font de Sa Cala.

    This tournament is very nice, they do a lot for players…provide a shuttle between venues, a shirt and towel to all players, a player party at the Beach Club, a happy hour, physios (trainers) (2) are available, and it’s well organized…practice courts for example can be booked at 3 pm for the next day.

    Also, I found out that antigen covid tests can be booked at the Beach Club for 30 euros, about $36…the antigen test is what Americans need within 3 days of departure for the USA return.


  • USA Women’s 45 Takes Bronze in Umag; Men’s 45s Take 4th (Copper)

    Click here to see the Team Draws and the Individual Draws.

    The USA Women’s 45 team took bronze over Spain on Thursday. Sophie Woorons won the #2 singles 60 62; Debbie Spence Nasim fell l76 62 at #1 and Woorons/Spence Nasim won the doubles point decisively 61 61.

    The USA Men’s 45 team lost to Netherlands 2/1 in the quarters on Thursday. Guillermo Cosson lost at #2 62 62; Chris Groer lost at #1 61 64; Netherlands defaulted the doubles.

    The USA Men’s 45s team fell today in the 3/4 playoff to Germany, dropping both singles points. Cosson lost 2,2 and Groer fought hard but fell 61 76 (6); The doubles wasn’t played.

    The Women’s 40s finished 8th, falling to Switzerland in the 7/8 playoff 2/0; Mary Beth Williams lost at #2 60 30 ret; Yulia Bolotova lost 61 63 at #1 and the doubles was not played. Williams, normally a doubles player, and playing down from the 50s, did a stellar job anchoring the #2 singles this week.

    The Women’s 35s finished 6th, falling to Argentina 2/1 in the 5/6 playoff. Jennifer Sinclair lost 75 60 at #2; And a Perianu won 26 61 63 at #1 and Evgenia Docktor/Sinclair lost the deciding doubles point 62 62. Perianu was a rock star for this team all week.

    The Men’s 40s finished 5th, beating Denmark 2/0 today. There must have been rain because the match was played using short sets and match tiebreakers. Ross Duncan won 42 42; Marvin Colley won a close one 41 14 10-12. The doubles point wasn’t played. Duncan was very successful at #2 singles all week and Colley gained valuable red clay experience this week.

    The Italia Cup (M35) team finished 8th, losing a tight 7/8 playoff today. Ryan Sablan lost at #2 singles 4-1 5-4(2); Jonathas Sucupira won at #1 singles 41 41 and Darrin Cohen/Sablan lost the doubles point 5-3 5-4(5). So close!

    So the final standings of the USA teams:

    • M35: 8th
    • M40: 5th
    • M45: 4th
    • W35: 6th
    • W40: 8th
    • W45: 3rd

    It’s very tough to compete on the red clay (which is NOTHING like green clay in case you were wondering…much slower and the balls used are much heavier) against all the European (and a smattering of South American teams). They are used to the dirt (though transition well to green clay or hard courts) and have many more tournaments all summer long plus leagues that aren’t available to players in the USA. Congratulations to all the Young Seniors teams.


  • USA Men’s 45 Advance to Semis, Remain in Gold Medal Contention; Men’s 40, Women’s 45 Fall

    View the team and individual world championship draws here (plus a link to photos).

    The USA Men’s 45s team, led by Chris Groer, beat France 2/1 to advance to the semifinals. After Jesse Walter lost 75 61 at #2 singles, Groer won 75 64 at #1 singles and combined with Guillermo Cosson to win the doubles point 63 63.

    The Men’s 40 team fell 2/1 to Argentina. Ross Duncan won at #1 singles 64 75, Marvin Colley lost 61 60 at #1 singles and Colley/Duncan narrowly fell in doubles 57 75 62. They play next the 5/6 playoff.

    The Women’s 45 lost in the semis to France 2/0 (the doubles was not played). Sophie Woorons lost at #2 64 62; Debbie Spence Nasim fell 64 63 at #1. They play next for bronze in the 3/4 playoff.

    The Women’s 35 team beat Hungary 3/0 to advance to the 5/6 playoff. Jennifer Sinclair played another marathon match, winning 63 57 62; And a Perianu won 60 61 at #1 singles and Perianu/Evgenia Docktor won the doubles point 60 60.

    The Women’s 40 team fell 2/1 to Estonia. Mary Beth Williams won at #2 singles 36 63 64; Yulia Bolotova lost 64 61 at #1 singles and Quynh Le/Williams lost the deciding doubles point 62 76 (2). They will play the 7/8 playoff next.

    The Men’s 35 team lost 3/0 to Ukraine and will play the 7/8 playoff next. Ryan Sablan lost 75 62 at #2 singles; Jonathas Sucupira fell 46 64 64 at #1 singles and Darrin Cohen/Sablan lost the doubles point 61 64.


  • USA Advances To Medal Rounds in M40/45 and W45; M35, W35/40 Play for Fifth

    Click here for a link to draws and photos.

    The USA Men’s 40/45 and Women’s 45 were unbeaten in the preliminary round robin play Sunday through Tuesday.

    Women’s 45: USA beat Switzerland 2/1, coming back to win after losing #2 singles. Patricia Zerdan fell at #2 64 63; Sophie Woorons won 62 64 at #1 singles and Debbie Spence-Nasim/Woorons won the doubles. mint 61 62. They face France tomorrow in the semifinals.

    USA Men’s 40s beat Chile 3/0. Ross Duncan won at #2 singles 61 60; Marvin Colley won at #1 singles 46 64 60 and Duncan/Ryan Pang completed the sweep with a 61 60 trouncing in doubles. They play Argentina in the quarterfinals tomorrow.

    Men’s 45s: USA beat Argentina 2/1, sweeping both singles and defaulting the doubles point. Jesse Walter won at #2 singles 75 63; Chris Groer took the #1 singles point 64 61 to clinch the win. USA plays France in the quarterfinals tomorrow.

    Women’s 35s: USA finished second in their round robin group of three and had the day off today. USA plays Hungary tomorrow in the 5-8 playoff.

    Women’s 40s: USA defeated Croatia 3/0; Quynh Le won at #2 singles 63 62; Yulia Bolotova won at #1 61 60 and Rocio Rodriguez/Mary Beth Williams took the doubles point 64 60. USA faces Estonia next in the 5th-8th place playoff.

    Men’s 35: Netherlands beat USA 2/1, winning both singles points. Ryan Sablan lost 60 62 at #2; Jonathas Sucupira fell 63 63 at #1 and Darrin Cohen/Sablan had won the first set of doubles 76(5) when Netherlands retired. They face Ukraine tomorrow in the 5-8 place playoff.


  • USA Men’s Teams and Women’s 45 Remain Undefeated in Round Robin Play in Young Seniors World Championships, Umag, Croatia

    Monday, August 13, 2021

    Draws and a link to photos (provided to me by various players…I am not in Umag) can be found here.

    The USA Women’s 45 team remained undefeated in Umag, trouncing Sweden 3/0 behind the singles player of Patricia Zerdan at #2 singles (63 60), Debbie Spence Nasim at #1 (60 60) and the doubles play of Tracie Currie/Sophie Woorons (60 60). The team has lost 7 games in two matches so far but it gets tougher from here on out.

    The USA Women’s 35 team rebounded from their loss yesterday to beat Finland 2/0 behind singles wins by Jennifer Sinclair at #2 singles 63 76(6) and And a Perianu 60 62. Doubles is ongoing.

    The USA Women’s 40 team were trounced by Italy with Mary Beth Williams losing at #2 singles 60 62 and Yulia Bolotova falling 61 61 at #1 singles. Doubles will follow

    The Men’s 35 team remains undefeated with a 3/0 win over Turkey today. Ryan Sablan won at #2 singles 62 60; Jonathas Sucupira won at #1 61 61 and Darrin Cohen/Sablan won the doubles point 62 60. (Though Tyler Browne is listed as the number one player on this team he did not make the trip to Umag.)

    The Men’s 40s advanced 3/0 over India; Ross Duncan won 61 60 at #2 singles; Marvin Colley won 62 62 at #1 singles and Duncan/Ryan Pang took the doubles point 61 61.

    The Men’s 45 team won 3/0 for the second straight day, beating Portugal 3/0. Jesse Walter won at #2 singles 62 74; Chris Groer won at #1 singles 63 61 and Guillermo Cosson/Walter took the doubles point 75 26 60.

    No photos sent to me today…if any of the players are reading this, photos are appreciated from Umag! You can message me on FB or twitter (@tenniscan).


  • USA Goes 5/1 on First Day of Play in Umag

    Draws and a link to photos are here.

    The USA Young Seniors overall had a good start on Sunday the 12th in Croatia.

    Women’s 35s: The Lenglen Cup team fell to Portugal 2/1. And a Perianu won the sole point, at #1 singles no less, winning 63 63. Jennifer Sinclair lost 61 62 at #2 singles and Perianu/Sinclair lost 63 61 in doubles. This is a three person team, since doubles specialist Lauren Lancaster hurt her knee and was unable to play.

    Women’s 40s: The Young Cup team (which has four players, only one of which was initially named to the team!) is up 2/0 over Sweden. Mary Beth Williams at #2 won 61 63 and Yulia Bolotova won 64 76(4) at #1 singles. Quynh Le/Rocio Rodriguez made it 3/0 with a 6/1 63 win in doubles.

    Women’s 45: The Margaret Court Cup team swept Slovenia with the loss of only four games. Sophie Woorons at #2 won 60 60; Debbie Spence-Nasim won 60 61 and Tracie Currie/Patricia Zerdan won the doubles 61 62

    Men’s 35: The Italia Cup team beat Croatia 2/1. Ryan Sablan lost at #2 singles 64 76 (7) but Jonathas Sucupira won 60 60 at #1 and Darrin Cohen/Sablan won the doubles point (which the #2 singles player did not play) 61 61.

    Men’s 40: The Trabert Cup team faced Portugal. Ross Duncan won at #2 singles 61 46 61. Marvin Colley lost 64 26 63 at #1 singles, but Duncan/Colley won the deciding doubles match 63 64 to beat Portugal 2/1

    Men’s 45: The USA beat Denmark. Jesse Walters won 64 64 at #2 singles; Chris Groer won 61 63 at #1 singles. Guillermo Cosson/Groer won the doubles point 61 62.

    Missing are photos of the Men’s 45 team


  • Young Seniors World Championship Draws (35/40/45)

    Photos will be here.

    See draws for individual “world” championships here.

    Note: USA players actually participating are listed, in order of strength.

    Italia Cup

    USA Players: Jonathas Sucupira (captain), Ryan Sablan, Darrin Cohen (#1 player Tyler Browne was not able to make the trip.)

    USA is in Group C with Croatia, Turkey and Netherlands.

    USA is now playing for 5th.

    Tony Trabert Cup

    USA Players: Marvin Colley, Stuart (Ross) Duncan (Captain), Ryan Pang

    USA is in Group F with Chile, India and Portugal

    USA is now in the 1-6 playoff and is in the quarterfinals.

    Dubler Cup

    USA Players: Chris Groer (captain), Jesse Walter, Guilermo Cosson, Jared Jacobs

    USA is in Group F with Denmark, Portugal and Argentina

    USA is now in the 1-6 playoff and is in the quarters.

    Suzanne Lenglen Cup

    USA Players: Andi Perianu, Jennifer Sinclair, Evgenia Docktor (Captain)

    USA is in Group D with Finland and Portugal

    USA is now in the 5-8 playoff.

    Young Cup

    USA Players: Yulia Bolotova (Captain), Mary Beth Williams, Quynh Le, Rocio Rodriguez

    USA is in Group B with Croatia, Italy and Sweden

    USA is now in the 5-8 playoff.

    Margaret Court Cup

    USA Players: Debbie Spence-Nasim (Captain), Sophie Woorons, Patricia Zerdan, Tracie Currie

    USA is in Group B with Slovenia, Switzerland and Sweden

    USA is now in the semifinals.


  • Klitch Wins 55 Singles; Coulton, Prejean/Buholz &Tammen/Fedderly Win Doubles Titles in Umag

    Jenny Klitch saw an opening this year, she trained hard and smart for the team and world championships and is now the 55 singles world champion. She beat Rosa Bielsa-Hierro, the #4 seed in the final 63 57 62 to win her first world title. She wasn’t done after that (even though she admitted she was exhausted afterwards)…she combined with Tom Coulton (USA) 64 26 10-7 to take the mixed 55 doubles titles too over Lisa Prechtel/Christian Greuter. Added to her two titles was a bronze (with Andrea Rice) in 50 doubles. Congratulations!

    Coulton added the men’s 55 doubles gold to his mixed gold. He combined with Anders Jarryd to cruise through the doubles draw, winning the final 62 60 over the 4th seeds.

    Vicki Buholz/Gayle Prejean won the 55 doubles 75 64 over unseeded Ekberg/Sekkenes (they took out the top seeds). But it was their remarkable semifinal won 14-12 in the match tiebreak which got them to the final. Vicki also reached the singles final, falling to Helga Nauck 60 63 (Nauck took out American Fran Chandler in three sets in the semis). Prejean was a consolation finalist in singles.

    Chandler/Susan Wright lost to Nauck/Boeroecz 75 61 in the 60 doubles final. Shannon Gordon-Carney was a consolation finalist and 60 mixed semifinalist.

    Mike Tammen/Mike Fedderly won the 60 doubles 60 62 over unseeded Jacques Hervet/Alain Coffe of France. Stu Saiki was a 60 singles semifinalist.

    From top left: Jenny Klitch/Tom Coulton; Klitch; Mike Tammen/Mike Fedderly; Gayle Prejean/Vicki Buholz; Anders Jarryd (SWE)/Coulton
    From top left: Susan Wright/Fran Chandler; Vicki Buholz; Chandler; Medalists; Shannon Gordon-Carney & partner

    In summary, Americans who medaled in the individuals:

    Jenny Klitch, Won W55S/55 Mixed; Bronze 50 doubles (with Andrea Rice)

    Tom Coulton Won 55 Doubles (with Jarryd, SWE) and Mixed

    Andrea Rice W50 doubles bronze

    Vicki Buholz, Won W55 doubles (with Gayle Prejean); Final 60 singles

    Gayle Prejean, Won 55 doubles (with Buholz)

    Susan Wright: Final, 60 Doubles (with Chandler)

    Fran Chandler: Final 60 doubles (with Wright) & 60 singles bronze

    Stu Saiki: Bronze, 60 singles

    Mike Fedderly/Mike Tammen: Gold 60 doubles

    Congratulations all! And another shout out to Denise Saiki for all the great photos she’s sent me this week!


  • Tammen/Fedderly & Klitch/Coulton Advance to Final

    Fedderly/Tammen & Stu Saiki

    Photos by Denise Saiki

    Mike Fedderly and Mike Tammen advanced to the Men’s 60 doubles final in Umag. Stu Saiki fell in three sets in the semis but earned his first individual medal by reaching the semis.

    Tom Coulton/Jenny Klitch won their mixed 55 semi in straight sets. Coulton reached 55 doubles final too (with Andrea Jarryd).

    Klitch/Andrea Rice lost their doubles semi in a tight 2-setter. Shannon Gordon-Carney lost her 60 mixed semi.

    Finals tomorrow.

    Clockwise:Klitch/Rice; Wright/Chandler; Shannon, Klitch, Klitch, Rice