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  • Recent Category I Champions

    Husband/Wife Grass: 100: Kathy/Paul Settles; 120: Mai Ichikawa Abel/Brent Abel; 140: Dean Corley/Randi Reznik

    50/60/70/75/80 Hard Mixed: 50: Pat Crow/Tracie Currie; 60: Jonathan Fears/Shannon Carney; 70: Kathy Bennett/Jimmy Parker; 75: Suella Steel/Dean Corley; 80: Wilbur Jones/Roz King

    40 Hard Court/Father/Son/GF/GS: M40S: Francisco Clavet; M40D: Ross Duncan/Simon Chen; W40S: Hiromi Sasano; W40D: Debbie Spence Nasim/Tracie Currie; Mxd: Spence Nasim/Duncan; F/S: Bruce & Bruce Man Son Hing; GF/GS: Ethan Smith/James Stelson

    Men’s 60/75 Grass:  60S: Mark Vines; 60D: Mike Fedderly/Mike Tammen; 75S/D: Jimmy Parker (with Ken Robinson)

    Husband Wife Indoors: Open: Kathy/Trung Nguyen; 100: Kathy/Paul Settles; 120: Peggy Kirkeeng/Michael Sperling; 140: Dean Corley/Randi Resnik

    30 Clay: WS: Charlotte Sikora; WD: Katrina Barnes/Marissa Chapin; MS: Christian Guevara; MD: Kriegler Brink/Cameron Nash; Mxd: Guevara/Abika Sperl:

    Father/Son Clay: Sr: Brett/Jerry Morse Karzen; SSr: Scott/P Estes; 80+: Alan/Robert Croll

    Men’s 35 Clay: S: Rodrigo Pacheco; D: Darrin Cohen/Ryan Sablan

    W90Grass: S/D: Rita Price (with Jane Lutz)

    M/S, F/D Clay: FD Open: David/Karly Friedman; SrFD: Steve/Jordan Vaughn; SSr FD: Julia/Richard Cohen; 80+ FD: Sheldon/Chance Fechtor; M/S: Caryn/Jordan Krasner; Sr M/S: Kyle/Anni Collette

    Women’s 35-85 Hard: 35S:Laura Graff; 35D: Jennifer Lyons/Julie Shapiro; 45S/D: Dina McBride (with Debbie Nasim); 55S: Fran Chandler; 55D: Rainy Miller/Shelly Works; 65S: Tina Karwasky; 65D: Andrea Barnes/Kandy Chain; 75S/D: Carolann Castell (with Heather Fiscalini); 85S/D: Margaret Canby (with Rose Austin)

    Men’s 75/80 Clay: 75S/D: Jimmy Parker (with Ken Robinson); 80S: Lester Sack; 80D: Wilbur Jones/William Woflf

    Men’s 60/65 Clay: 60S: Dan Waldman; 60D: Mike Fedderly/Mike Tammen; 65S:Fred Robinson; 65D: Stanley Mescon/Alan Turner

    40-70 Mixed Clay: 40: Ben Cook/Liz Kotz; 50: Garth Thomson/Laurie Yarbrough; 60: Shannon Carney/Jon Fears; 70: Ann Bradley/Bernie McGuire

    M/D Clay: open: Michelle/Caitlyn Williams; Senior: Sheila/Nicole Chiricosta; SSr: Brenda Humpheys/Shelly Stillman Scott

    Men’s 55 Clay: Erik Luxembourg; D: Scott Works/Willie Alumbaugh

    Men’s 50 Clay: S: Oren Motevassel; D: Johan Hoegstedt/Fredrik Skoglund

  • USTA Senior Teams (2020, Florida) Announced (World now postponed to 2021)

    2020 USA Senior Cup Team Members

     Maria Esther Bueno Cup
    Women's 50
      Fred Perry Cup
    Men's 50
    Andrea RiceBethesdaMDArt HernandezHuntington BeachCA
    Jenny KlitchPalm Beach Gardens (captain)FLDana GillSan JoseCA
    Julie CassAustinTXEoin CollinsHoustonTX
    Vesna McKennaHollywoodFLOren Motevassel (Captain)Boynton BeachFL
    Maureen Connolly Cup
    Women's 55
    Austria Cup
    Men's 55
    Fran ChandlerJacksonTNBill Moss (captain)MalibuCA
    Mary DaileyDelray BeachFLEric LuxembourgSarasotaFL
    Shelly Works (captain)San AntonioTXLeo YoungEagleID
    Vicki BuholzDallasTXWilie AlumbaughLeawoodKS
    Alice Marble Cup
    Women's 60
    Von Cramm Cup
    Men's 60
    Robin HarrisSan DiegoCADaniel WaldmanWashingtonDC
    Pat PurcellSt. LouisMOMark VinesNaplesFL
    Shannon Gordon-CarneySt. LouisMoMike FedderlyPalm DesertCA
    Susan WrightOrlandoFLMike Tammen (captain)PortlandOR
    These 24 players were to have represented the USA in Senior Fed and Davis Cup (using the new Davis Cup format of one week with round robin play followed by knockout play). The competition originally was to take place in Boca Raton, Florida April 26-May 1, 2020. The competition has now been postponed to 2021 but will still take place in Florida, USA. There may be some change to team makeups for 2021, but the USTA will announce any changes.

    From USTA.com: (note that Robin Harris has replaced Diane Barker on the Women’s 60s team; Barker is injured.)

    From itftennis.com:

    2020 ITF Seniors (50-55-60) World Team & Individual Championships


    Team Championships: Boca Raton, Florida, USA

    Individual Championships: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA


    Team Championships: Sunday 26 April to Friday 1 May 2020. If there is inclement weather, matches may be played on Saturday 2 May

    Individual Championships – Saturday 2 May to Saturday 9 May


    Team Championships: Boca Raton, Florida, USA

    Individual Championships: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA

    Fact Sheet

    The fact sheet for both the Team & Individual Championships are now available. Please note that the listed venues for the individual world championships may change.

  • USA Wins W65, 70, 85, M 75/85 Friday in Umag; W75 & 80 Finish Second; M65,70, & 80 Place Third

    Writing from California, USA

    The USA has won five gold medals in Umag so far by Friday, two silver and three bronze. What a fantastic effort by our “super” Super Senior Teams!

    The Kitty Godfree Cup, W65, trounced Germany 3/0 with Wendy McColskey at #2 and Tina Karwasky at #1 winning in straight sets. Jan Kirkland Cochran/Lil Peltz Petow completed the 3/0 win.

    The Althea Gibson Cup, W70, battle hardened after winning two matches in deciding doubles to reach the final, won both singles against Great Britain to win the gold. Judy Dixon edged Shirley Fox at #2 76 75 and Toni Novack beat Margory Love by a similar score 75 75 to secure the win.

    Queens Cup, W75, fell to France, losing both singles decisively. France was a level above the rest of the competition this year with Sylvia Galfard at #2 and Michelle Bichon at #1. The USA finishes with silver medals which is a fantastic finish for the team.

    The Women’s 85, who played Argentina several times this week, split singles yesterday and had an unbeatable lead of 5-1 after that.

    The Women’s 80 playoff bracket was a 3 team round robin. The USA lost yesterday 2/1 to Argentina, and beat France on Wednesday. Argentina beat France today 2/1 so USA finishes second.

    The Bitsy Grant team, M75, handed Peter Pokorny rare losses in beating Austria to win the Cup. Don Long apparently hit the wall in singles after a series of marathon singles wins and lost at #2 singles, but Jimmy Parker beat Pokorny at #1 60 76 and Parker/Long won the doubles point 60 61.

    The Britannia Cup, M65 placed third, beating Australia in both singles matches. Gary Jenkins won in three sets at #2 singles and Geoff Cykman won at #1. USA #1 Mark Meyers and AUS #1 Andrew Rae didn’t play today.

    In Jack Crawford Cup, M70, the USA beat Switzerland 3/0 to win bronze with singles wins by Geoff Moore at #2 in three sets, Bob Litwin at #1 in straight sets and Steve Gottlieb/Brent Abel in doubles.

    The Gardnar Mulloy, M80 team edged Sweden 2/1 to finish third. Lester Sack was the MVP today, winning at #2 singles 13-11 in a Match tiebreak and then combining with Wilbur Jones to win the deciding doubles (after Quall fell at #1 singles) in two tight sets.

    I will add more photos later.

    Draws for 2019 Super Senior Cups in Umag Now Posted

  • Doubles Champions; Singles Final Saturday

    Bordeaux, France

    It was another lovely day in Bordeaux. Sue Bartlett and I were rescheduled to the 6th match after 8:30 (not before 2pm)…we got on around 5pm. We played two Spaniards, Encarnacion Gomiz and Carmen Lang and won 60 60, (and there were 3 no-ad games we played). We played on Court 7, which is basically concrete with a bit of red clay on top, painted lines, dangerously slippery.

    Sue and I play the singles final tomorrow 4th match after 9am, not before 1:30pm but on Court 1, the first time either of us has played a match on the main bank of courts. It’s unlikely I’ll see much if anything of Bordeaux this trip but I’ve seen a lot of Villa Primrose, which is a lovely old club.

    Don’t forget to sweep the court after play!

    Ross Persons finds himself in three finals; he won the mixed 55 with Luisa Gouveia of Portugal; and he’s in the 60 men’s final vs Belgian Pierre Godfroid and the men’s doubles final with Fritz from the Netherlands.

    Darren Price from USA and Andrew Moraghan GBR are into the QF of the men’s 45 doubles, beating two Brits to reach the semis.

    And that’s a wrap on today’s action. Final tomorrow then on to the next stop Sunday morning.


    Previous posts:


    Bordeaux Doubles Day

    Bordeaux Thursday; Singles Success; Slippery Clay!

  • Bordeaux Doubles Day

    Bordeaux, France

    Today was a pretty relaxing one since I only had one doubles match, 2nd match on court 9 after 2pm. We started around 3:30 or so I think and played Sylvia Shipley and Fiona Walker, whom we’d played in singles yesterday. We won 60 61. Here the format is no ad and a match tiebreak in lieu of a third set. We forgot about the no ad on our first deuce and won the point (and game; we asked the referee and he said points played in good faith stood); we remembered it the second time and lost the point.

    Sue won her round robin group today while I still have to play my second round robin match tomorrow. I play fourth match on court 7, 2nd match after 11am. So maybe around 1, 2 or3pm. It depends on the length of matches earlier in the day.

    Here’s a photo of Sue Bartlett and me. She’s playing the deuce side and when she comes to net for some reason our opponents lobbed me. Hmmmmm. We don’t have doubles tomorrow so she has an off day to tour a bit. My touring day will be on Saturday.

    Draws are here.


  • Traveling…

    Bordeaux, France, Wednesday (WiFi was down Tuesday….)

    After a long weekend watching my nephew getting married (The Carmel Mission Church is beautiful as was the wedding), I drove to SFO. I had a stop in Scott’s Valley (bear Santa Cruz) for a tennis match. We interrupted the match several times to listen to Wimbledon Radio as the men’s final kept going…

    I flew Tap Airlines to Lisbon. It arrived late but I made my connection. Neither flight left from a gate. We were bused to the terminal a long way. There were only stairs, not ramps.

    I cleared passport control and security and made my flight where we waited for quite a while, 20-30 minutes outside on steps for a bus, then once again were driven to the plane.

    The flight to Bordeaux was smooth and my bags came pretty quickly. I arrived at my lodgings on time. After a walk to the market I went to the club, only 10 minutes away by foot and hit some balls with Sue Bartlett, with whom I am playing doubles this week. The courts, red clay of course, are very very dry and quite fast for red clay.

    I won my first round on Tuesday over Sylvia Shipley from Great Britain. Sue had a tough match with Fiona Walker, winning 75 64. The second set was pretty topsy-turvy. Sue led 30- 40-15, Fiona leveled at 4-4, redlining her ground strokes. Sue was up 5-4 but down 40-0 with Fiona serving and won five points on the trot to finish the match. Sylvia is shown below.

    I play the #1 Spanish player tomorrow, Thursday, but we play Fiona and Shirley today in doubles.

    Ross Persons from the USA, a member of the men’s 60 Cup team is here, one of the few Americans in the draw.

    Draws are here.

  • Successful Semis in Poertschach

    June 13, 2019, Poertschach, Austria

    The order of play here was posted pretty late yesterday (about 9:30pm), due to the thunderstorms which delayed play. I was scheduled for 9am which meant an early warm up. Fortunately Ellen Neumann and her friend Katy Boeroecz (who was in the 55 semis) allowed me to warm up with them!

    I played Cornelia Keller from Germany. We played on Center Court (only women’s matches were scheduled for such an early hour!). I won 60 61 and then watched the other women’s 60s semis for a while. I knew for sure I’d play another lefty, since the other semifinalists were both lefties. In the end Karin Theeuwes of the Netherlands won 75 75 over the #2 seed, Sylvia Reigl.

    I also watched a bit of Lucie Schwab’s final…she looked tired and her wrist was taped but she played very cleverly, using lots of spins and angles and drops and won 63 63 to take the 50s division over Karola Thumm. In the women’s 75s, Michelle Bichon beat Heide Orth again, in two close, tough sets. Laura DiVittori beat Katy in the 55s semis and Barbora Koutna took out Lisa Prechtl, so they face each other tomorrow. DiVittori played smart, mixing up the pace of her serve and ground strokes and holding off a determined opponent in the second set, winning 75 64. Koutna used her superior groundstrokes to power past Prechtl. In men’s 85’s, Aussie Adrian Alle lost but German Herbert Althaus won. Werner, the German 80s player I hit with the other day lost to an unseeded player who moved very well. Wayne Crowley of Australia won in men’s 65s. Heidi Eisterlehner, with whom I trained the second day I was here beat Carol Campling of Australia 61 61. Canada’s Taras Beyko was playing top seeded Alexander Lindholm when I left and the two were having a good, even battle in the first set. I ran into Danny Shaw, and American living in Europe. He was playing doubles with Keith Porter of Canada and mixed with an Austrian.

    The weather today was great, no rain, sunny and warm. They had a nice display of trophies up today since some finals were already played.

    I play the singles final tomorrow and doubles semis (50s).

    Draws are here.

  • King Van Nostrand Sweeps 85s; San Diegans Win 75 Doubles

    While in a rain delay during Thiem/Novack (and the Barty/Anisimova semi was…streaky).

    I won my singles semis against Gundi Wieland from Germany. She beat the #3 seed yesterday; I won 60 60, though we had some good points. Gundi is the second straight lefty I’ve played and I practiced with a lefty most of last week…so it will be a bit weird playing a righty tomorrow! However, I warmed up with my doubles partner, Ellen Neumann who is in the 55s and a righty.

    Ellen played an excellent match against Laura DiVittori who is the #2 seed in the 55s. When I started watching it was the beginning of the third set and there wasn’t much between the two of them…believe perhaps. Laura won 75 in the third set, rallying from 1-4 and 4-5 down. Lots of slices and drop shots and from Ellen, great drives, from DiVittori, high changeups at critical times.

    King Van Nostrand beat his doubles partner, Herbert Althaus of Germany in the 85 singles final and then teamed with him to beat Hans Jell of Austria and Ashley from New Zealand. Ashely was really happy since they won 8 games. King is on his way home to Florida after this tournament.

    Dave Van Den Berg and Karl Placek won the 75 doubles over Peter Pokorny and his partner, and they are off, Dave to Spain and Karl to his native Czech Republic. Karl lost his semifinal singles today.

    Lisa Prechtel won her singles today and plays DiVittori in the 55 singles final.

    Taras Beyko from Canada was playing again on Center Court and Germany’s Stephanie Kolar was on a side court playing W40.

    Michel Bichon beat Heide Orth in the 75s in three sets but they are the top seeds next week, so may play again soon.

    They are using Babolat Team balls (not available in the USA…and they come in a metal can!). 8 Euros for 3 balls or you can rent them with a 5 euro deposit. Needless to say we search for lost balls and on the warm up court there is a lot of foliage at the end and side of the court where balls go to hide. So far we’ve found them all.

    Lake Worth, DiVittori, Neumann, Prechtel, Kolar, Beyko, W60, Sabine, Karl & Dave


    Draws are here. 

  • Last Practice Day

    While NOT watching the French Open….

    Poertschach am Worthersee, Austria

    Unlike Paris, where it rained all day, it was a warm, sunny day in Poertschach, and even a bit humid. I had a great hit with King Van Nostrand and then with Bruce Barrett, so hopefully I’m ready for my first round match tomorrow.

    I did scout my opponent a bit. I play a lefty Austrian who is a good solid player, and hopefully we’ll have a good match tomorrow. I watched from the top of the Center Court bleachers and could see the Worthersee and the red clay court at the same time. They played on court 1, which on the weekend was nearly unplayable and covered with weeds. It still has issues (grass growing into the court making the sidelines narrow) but is playing much better.

    Left: Heide Orth; Right: Shirley Friedl on Court 1

    I also saw Heide Orth play a really nice match against a Swiss player who could move. Heide hits each shot with purpose (her backhand in particular is gorgeous) and won quite handily against a not bad player (she could move!)

    The #4 seed, Karin Theeuwes of the Netherlands fell to an Austrian player, Inge Pils-Feichter in straight sets. Pils-Feichter won the Grade 2 last week in Klagenfurt and beat the person who is the #3 seed here so she’s obviously a good player.

    My doubles partner, Ellen Neumann played a solid match in the 55s, scoring with several aces and some nice net play against her athletic opponent. She plays Laura DiVittori of Italy next in round robin play.

    Dave Van Den Berg and Karl Placek who are from my club at home won their 75 doubles match. Placek, seeded 7th in men’s 75, plays singles tomorrow.

    That’s it for today…waiting for the schedule to come out and there are still many matches on court.

    Draws and schedule are here.

    Previous blog posts:

  • Biking Around

    Poertschach am Worthersee, Austria

    While watching Wawrinka play another classic, this time against Federer….well, now in a rain delay at 3-3 in the fourth.

    Today was another warm and sunny ☀️ day in Austria. I hit for an hour in the morning, and after lunch rented a bike and rode along the sea a bit and stopped by Aldi (called Hofer in Austria). It looked pretty much like an Aldi in the USA with better (and fresh) bread.

    After my ride I went back to the club and on center court who do I see but Dave Van Den Berg from Rancho Santa Fe playing the legendary Peter Pokorny. Dave impressed the locals who are used to Pokorny winning 60 60…it was 2,2 and Dave rued his missed opportunities. He played the correct strategy though, serving big and giving Pokorny little rhythm. Pokorny though hits pretty deep and accurately and has a wicked drop shot… When Dave missed his big first serve he got behind in the points.

    I set up practice for tomorrow and then stared watching the French Open…

    Poertschach, Austria…Planes, Trains and Tennis

    Practicing on the Dirt

    Werzer Cup: Hitting With a Legend

    Draws and results.

  • Finals Day, National Women’s Hard Courts, La Jolla: Two Marathons in One Day!

  • Friday was finals day at the USTA National Hard Courts at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. I didn’t get to see much tennis because I was on court most of the day from about 11:30 till about 8pm. Susan Wright and I played our second marathon in a month, and it was a tough match. I came away with the 26 75 76(4) win in about 3.5 hours (was down 41 in the third but kept on fighting). Susan is as gracious in defeat as in victory, the sign of a champion. About 90 minutes later Robin Harris and I took on Susan and Shannon Carney in the doubles final. Three hours later Susan and Shannon came away with a well deserved 57 63 62 win.
  • Shannon won the 3/4 playoff over Cindy Johnson in a match tiebreak 14-12. Their tiebreak (they were playing next to us) seemed to go on forever, though I think their match was shorter than ours. Erin Boynton/Abbi Neuthaler won the bronze over Una Davis/Tracey Thompson. Kathy Vick took 5th and Erin Boynton took 7th. (The tournament had a quarterfinal playoff and then a 7/8 playoff for the quarterfinal losers who lost their first match in the playoff, a first.
  • Jen Dawson was the only double gold winner of the week, edging top seeded Andrea Rice in a grueling 75 75 win. I saw a little of the beginning of the match and it was fantastic tennis. Jen is a rock at the baseline and Andrea played athletic all court tennis. You won’t find two nicer competitors anywhere (Shelly Works, you have competition for this title in these two!). Dawson teamed with Jenny Rens Keller to win the doubles over Rice/Anna Zimmermann 62 62. It was Jenny Keller’s first gold ball.
  • Conan Lorenzo, Andrea Rice and Jen Dawson with TD Bill Kellogg, photo courtesy of Mary Johnson
  • Kristen Kepler won the 50 singles bronze over Keller; Deb Higa/Jennifer Lyons took the bronze over Kepler/Neuthaler.
  • Judy Dixon won the 70 singles with an emphatic 63 60 win over #2 seeded Molly Hahn. I believe it was her first singles gold ball. Liane Bryson/Kathy Bennett won the doubles over Dixon/Vicky McEvoy 64 63. Sue Kimball edged Carol Gay in three sets for the singles bronze but Carol Gay/Sheila Johnson came away with the doubles win against Hahn/Kimball to win the doubles bronze.
  • Lorna Brooks, unseeded, won the 80 singles 62 64 over top seeded Dorothy Wasser. She did it the hard way too, beating the #3, #2 and #1 seeds en route to the title. Brooks is from Wyoming now but used to live in Exeter, in the Central Valley of California and we used to practice together about 35 years ago… I knew how good she was then and so wasn’t too surprised when she won. She was one of the top 2 juniors in SoCal as a youngster (Sally Huss was the top junior). She played with her hair down, which amazed some of the spectators (it doesn’t move). Lola O’Sullivan/Barbara Oldfield were the surprise doubles winner. For Barbara it was her first USTA ball of any color! They beat Claudia Giacommini/Dorothy Matthiessen 76(4) 63 for the gold.
  • Burnett Herrick won the 80 singles bronze by default (injury) over Carol Wood; Herrick/Wasser beat Lynn Tietz/Wood for the 80 doubles bronze.
  • The 90s final is this morning at 9am between Rita Price and Jane Lutz, followed by the de facto doubles final (it’s a three team round robin between the two undefeated teams) scheduled for 1pm.
  • Draws are here.
  • Day 1 Blog
  • Day 2 Blog
  • Day 3 Blog
  • Day 4 Blog
  • Photos (more will be added).

  • Miami Regional Championship: Sunday Wrap

    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)

    Men’s 65: (1) Frits Raijmakers d. (2) Galba Couto (60 62)

    Men’s 75: 1) Jimmy Parker d. (2) Fred Drilling (61 63)

    Men’s 35 and 70 finished yesterday.

    Note again, that Heather Nobler won the women’s 35s. It was incorrectly recorded into the tournament software program initially.

    Nobler, Smashey


    Men’s 45: Keymer/Mehech d. (1) Engel/Sack (63 63)

    Men’s 55: (1) Persons/berner d. Blanno/Garman

    Men’s 65: 1) Raijmakers/Shaw d. (2) Barrett/Beautyman (62 60)

    Men’s 75 & 35 were played yesterday…reported in yesterday’s blog.

    Women’s 45: Vasconcellos/Yanagi d. Chase/Williams (64 63)

    Women’s 55: Rainy Miller/Shelly Works won a 3 team RR

    Mixed 35: Rawlings/Turner d. (2) Beaudoin/Demer (by default); however Rawlings/Turner beat top seeded Choi/OLEJNIK in three sets in the semis, reported as 76 in the third.

    Mixed 45: Chase/Craft d. Maheu/Martinez (75 61; no seeds in this division)

    Mixed 55: Miller/Persons d. (1) Dumas/Stobbe 46 75 1-0 (6); photo below courtesy of Rainy Miller

    Persons, Miller, Stobbe, Dumas

    Results are here: https://m.tennislink.usta.com/TournamentHome/tournament.aspx?t=232508

    Photos are here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/C8xN2wqwfJTUXM1X7

    Other articles about this event:

    Miami Beach: North American Regional Tennis Tournament

    Miami Beach RC: Friday Vibes; Works Wins a Saturday Marathon

  • Miami Beach RC: Friday Vibes; Works Wins a Saturday Marathon

    March 9, 2019

    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.

    Fran, Rainy, Carolyn, Kaysie, Shelly

    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.

    Bruce Barrett

    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.

    Draws are here: https://m.tennislink.usta.com/TournamentHome/tournament.aspx?t=232508

    Photos are here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/C8xN2wqwfJTUXM1X7

  • 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.

  • Bordeaux Doubles Success

    Lyn Mortimer and I played the 2nd seeds in the doubles yesterday and won 61 61, but the match was a bit closer than that score would indicate. We had several long deuce games during which the lead changed hands a few times. We played Beatrix Mezger Reboul of France and Ayse Sevtap Akdere of Turkey.

    After the match I had some massage from the physio..because one can never have too many massages, then the tournament director gave us our prizes. I got 2 bottles of wine, a big one and a small one. Lyn drove from Germany and so ended up with a double prize.

    In the morning and early afternoon I walked around Bordeaux along with what seemed to be half of France. The shopping streets were packed and there were sales everywhere.

    I walked by the Cathedral and went by the Opera House and Intercontinental hotel. The doors on the old buildings are painted various colors and are pretty.

    I did some clothes shopping and never saw any yoga pants. In fact, most of the clothing was pretty fitted, not much stretch to them. It was warm and most of the French women wore dresses or skirts. That’s the end of my fashion report.

    Off next to Frankfurt then back to the USA.

  • Bordeaux!

    My third and last tournament on this trip starts tomorrow at the Villa Primrose in Bordeaux.

    I flew early to Bordeaux from Barcelona on Vueling, a discount Spanish airline. The checkin process was pretty much done without interaction with humans…check in, get bag tags and put them on bags then scan the bag tag, and if all is ok the belt starts moving. Not super efficient but cost efficient for the airline I imagine. The seats were tight…My knees touched the seat in front of me and my legs are short! But so was the flight and it arrived on time.

    I rented a more civilized apartment this year only a few minutes walk from the club. And it’s hot here but the AC works. There are lots of nice older buildings on my street. 😊

    I walked to the grocery store then to the club to try and hit a few balls. However the skies almost immediately began growling and sparking and eventually it poured. However the courts went from being under water to playable in under an hour.

    I play tomorrow not before 2pm, weather permitting (good chance of thunderstorms).

    Draws are here. Not all divisions have draws posted.

    World Cup, France 🇫🇷 vs Croatia 🇭🇷 was today….I heard lots of cheering during the game.

    Bon soir, a bientot. (Good evening, see you soon).

  • Donner und Blitzen & Rain in Essen; Successful Semifinal Day

    Thursday began with Thunder (donner) and lightning (blitzen) followed by scattered showers The courts got wet at the club but many people worked hard to dry them off, mostly by dragging mats around to get rid of puddles. No fancy clay court dryers here!

    The 9am consolation matches were farmed out to other clubs and main draw 10:40 matches started by 10:30. Sabine and I got on at 11:15 for our 10:30 match (the one that was scheduled for 1:30, then 6pm then 10:30!

    I won 62 60, but the first set was closer than that, many back and forth long games. Our match lasted about 75 minutes; the other semi between Gundi Weiland and Lyn Mortimer went over 3 hours. I saw some of the first set and both players were playing well, long rallies and deep slices. Lyn prevailed 57 64 62. We play tomorrow, presumably at 10:30.

    Jenny Cerff won the consolation singles and is playing mixed now at 6pm. There’s a player dinner later.

    Draws and Results (click on order of play first).

  • Successful Start to the German Open

    Today was another warm, sunny day in Essen, and I finally played my first match. I played Eldeltraut Horstmann from Germany, a steady, quick lefty. However, she didn’t take any volleys or overheads in warm up…and approached the net only to retrieve drop shots. We had some good rallies, but I managed to win most of them, and after dropping the opening game won 61 60. We played on Center Court before one fan (hundreds of empty seats…must have been roaming the grounds instead of watching us!).

    Jenny Cerff had the match of the day. She played Jutta Boekmann who is a member of the German Marble Cup team this year. She has a nice drop shot and a very good backhand. Jenny said she made too many errors in the first set but was on track in the second, on serve and finally broke to go up 65…then she started cramping. That was just as I finished my match (we started about 40 minutes later than Jenny). I could see she was having some issues but she still managed to win the 2nd set 76 (5). The third set was tough to watch since Jenny kept cramping, but she didn’t stop, fought till the end and lost 62 in the third. She plays consolation now at 9am…fast turnaround after a long match.

    In the women’s 65s, Heide Eisterlehner plays Nora Blom in the final in a battle of two former world champions. Heide Orth is in the 75 semis in singles and doubles. I had a nice visit with all of them…Heide and Heidi are shown below.

    And below are some words for the day, courtesy of the wall of the Mercure Hotel (which has one of these pairs on each floor in the stairwell).

    Draws can be found here (click on order of play, then draws).

  • Hubbard/Watanabe Upset Top Seeds at National Clay

    On a breezy warm (but not oppressively hot) day in Naples, nearly all the seeds were in action, second round (round of 16 or quarters) matches were played and no one ended up at the hospital…all in all business as usual. (FYI, Carol Gay was recovered enough to visit the tournament site, though said she felt woozy still. She also said the ride to the hospital…strapped to a gurney and cramping…was something special, and not in a good way. But she will be ok in a few days she thinks.)

    Barbara Hubbard/Janet Watanabe (Jolene’s mom) upset Molly Hahn and Sue Kimball 76 (5) 63 today in the women’s 70s. It wasn’t Sue’s best day…she also dropped her singles match to Ellen Goodman 61 63 and in all fairness (though she didn’t complain about it), she was suffering from a calf strain. The better women on the day won. Mary Alice Pisani, who upset Carol Gay yesterday, continued her fine play into the quarters where she’ll face Betty Wachob. The other seeds advanced to the quarters including Toni Novack (below).

    In the 60s, Betsy Savitt edged #5 seeded Mary Morgan 64 76. Sally Smith played a great match to upset #6 seeded Sherri Bronson 60 63. The other seeds advanced.

    Dorothy Wasser showed she is more than a doubles specialist, taking the middle set off of #2 seeded Dori DeVries before fading in the third. King, Weber and Herrick, the last 3 world champions, all advanced as well to the semis.

    In the 50s, the three seeds in action, McKenna, Rice and Works, advanced without incident.

    In 50 doubles, McKenna/Klitch advanced to the semis while a round of 16 match has yet to be played.

    All four seeds advanced to the semis in the 60s doubles, though there were some tight first sets in a couple matches…Mosely/Smith stuck with #3 seeds Jones/Neuthaler for a set, before succumbing 76 62. Peltz-Petow/Savitt likewise were neck in neck with Purcell/Allare before falling 75 60. Susan and I beat Lesley  Pixley/Lee Roisman.

    In the 80s, top seeded Herrick/Wood edged Kathie Meyering/Jeanette Tubbs 46 75 62. They face either DeVries/King in the semis. Wasser/Weber, the #2 seeds, advanced to the semis.

    Photos are here.

    Draws are here: http://m.tennislink.usta.com/tournamenthome?T=212073

  • Gold!

    Today, Saturday, Susan Wright and I played for the gold balls in Seattle against Andrea Barnes and Leslie Murveit and won 63 63 in a very fun match with lots of good points. Earlier in the day Leslie made sure neither she nor Andrea would be worn out for their doubles final by playing a very good and not overly long match against Andrea and winning it and the bronze ball.


    The match of the day however was the battle between Susan, seeded #2 and Diane Barker, seeded #1. Diane had won all but one previous encounter, but it had been 10 years since the two had played on an indoor court, which is Susan’s favorite surface. Susan played a flawless first set, and Diane misfired on more backhands than usual..Susan won the set 62. Diane was more consistent and forced Susan into hitting short more in the second set and took it 62, and looked ready to run away with the match in the third when she led 3-1 and Susan momentarily looked resigned to a loss. But Susan’s backhand regained its depth and she reeled off the next 4 games before finally finishing off the set and the match 64. The third set was very high quality from both players and the first two weren’t too shabby.


    France O’Sullivan/Mary Morgan took the third in the doubles with a three set win.


    Susan went for a third gold ball in mixed but had to settle for a silver. Jennifer Shorr/Kurt Chan were just too powerful for Susan and Ross, serving big, volleying well and returning well to  regain their mixed title first won last year. Shannon Gordon-Carney/Rollin Rhone beat Jack and Diane Barker to take bronze. Rollin was happy earlier today to receive a care package from Adidas. Rollin had his bag and racquets stolen earlier in the week downtown and bought shoes from Big 5 for the tournament…they were nearly bald by today.


    On the men’s side, Mark Vines was close to going down 3-0 and 4-1 against Ross Persons, but changed up his patterns enough to eke out the first set 76 and then cruised to a 61 second set win. He faces Tony Crabel in the final.


    Wes Cash/Vines won the men’s doubles with a victory over Doug Ditmer/Fred Robinson.

    The men’s singles final is tomorrow. The winner takes home $2000 courtesy of Crabel Capital which sponsors the men’s 60 division at all four 60s nationals. Vines plays Crabel in the final.

    Draws are here: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=186516

    Photos are here: https://goo.gl/photos/xN8UASoymWb3FtVn6

  • Susan Wright Reaches Three Finals in Seattle

    Susan Wright is a triple threat in Seattle. Today she beat Leslie Murveit 60 64 in a good match. Leslie had game points in four of the six games she lost in the first set, so it was much closer than the score would indicate. In the second set, Susan and Leslie each held, then there were five consecutive breaks of serve and Leslie led 4-3, before Susan found another gear and won the final three games. There were lots of long, full court (angle to deep to volley) rallies, keeping the viewing audience entertained. While Susan and Leslie were playing on the first court, Andrea Barnes and Diane Barker played for the first time on the last court. Diane won 63 60.

    In the doubles semis, Susan and I played Carolann Castell and Anne Corsano, the #4 seeds today and won 62 60. Next to us, Andrea Barnes and Leslie Murveit fell behind 4-1 in the first set and then 5-4, but rallied to win the final 9 games of the match. We play them tomorrow at 9am.

    Susan and Ross Persons beat Shannon Gordon-Carney/Rollin Rhone in one mixed semis and played really well..there were some amazing points, but Susan and Ross seemed to come up with one last shot each time. Even Susan’s father Enver was impressed! They face Jennifer Shorr/Kurt Chan who were 62 62 winners over Diane/Jack Barker.

    Myron Pushyk upset #2 seed Fred Robinson, winning the third set 60 to advance to the semis against #4 seed Tony Crabel. Mark Vines and Ross Persons advanced to the semis in straight sets and play the other semi.

    Doug Ditmer/Robinson play top seeded Vines/Wes Cash in the men’s doubles final tomorrow.

    There was a really nice player dinner on the lawn, featuring salmon of course. The desert, a warm berry cobbler or shortcake was really special. Leslie and Andre arranged a photo of most of the women players here, though they missed one, Kari Anderson, who played mixed (shown below with Susan Wright).

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    Lime Bike update: Today the lime bikes were not working so I walked…they kept saying bike already in service, even though they were locked and there was basically no human customer service. Too bad, it was fun to ride them. But they have a lot of kinks to work out.

    Draws are here: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=186516

    Photos are here: https://goo.gl/photos/xN8UASoymWb3FtVn6

  • Practicing, Eclipse! & Site Seeing in Seattle

    Today was a long and very nice day in Seattle. The weather was gorgeous from sunrise to sunset and we were busy practicing, viewing the eclipse and then taking a ferry to Bainbridge Island.

    Susan and I got up early and practiced at 6:30am indoors till matches began at 8am. The view of Mt. Rainier was beautiful at 6:20 in the morning when the air was clear and there was still a touch of pink in the sky. By 8am I had managed to misplace my phone (thank you to the orchid man who picked it up and turned it in!) and to the referee who offered to retrieve my water bottle for me (which I left on our practice court).

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    The eclipse started a bit after 9am here in Seattle and the lawn at the Seattle Tennis Club was a nice place ot view it. Susan Lammers, with whom Susan is staying, had an extra pair of eclipse glasses which Susan and I shared. There was a family there too which had created a multi pinhole camera which was reflected on a board so we could follow the path of the eclipse. We also found time to take portrait photos of each other. It was fun and relaxed. It was interesting how shadows reflected the partial eclipse. It also got really cold during the apex of the eclipse.

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