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2019 ITF Super Seniors Team & Individual Draws, Results & Photos as Available & List of USA Team Players
- McColskey, Van Nostrand Win World Singles Titles; USA Shines in Doubles at World Championships
- American Super Seniors Find Success on Red Clay in Croatia
- USA Wins Althea Gibson Cup: Brenda Carter Reports from Umag
- USA Wins W65, 70, 85, M 75/85 Friday in Umag; W75 & 80 Finish Second; M65,70, & 80 Place Third
- USA Men’s 75 Advance to Final in Umag; Men’s 70 Fall to Denmark; Women’s 80 Fall to Argentina; Men’s 65 Down 0-1 and Men’s 80 Up 1/0
- USA Wins Inaugural Women’s 85 Cup in Umag
- Draws for Individual World Championships in Umag
- Wednesday: USA Men’s 85, Women’s 80 Win, One Match from Gold; W 65, 70, 75, M70 Split Singles; Update: USA Win Deciding Doubles in M70, W65, 70, 75; USA Wins W85 Cup!
- Women’s 70, Althea Gibson Team Reaches Final in Umag
- USA Men’s 70s (Jack Crawford) Team Wins RR Group on Tuesday in Umag
- USA W70 Squeak Out a Win in Umag
- USA Wins RR Group in W65, 80, M65,75; First Monday Update
- Althea Gibson (W70) Cup Update
- USA Super Senior Teams Go 9/9 on Day 1 in Umag
Hotel information for the Team event is available here
Team Factsheet is now available here
Participating Teams are now available here
To see the list of USA players, click here: 2019 USA Super Senior Teams Announced by USTA
Individual Tournament Information
Individual Factsheet is available here
Hotel booking information available here.
Individual Draws will be posted here in September.
See the teams below and check here for updates on the USTA Senior International page.
You can see any official updates regarding the team rosters here. The rosters below were last updated July 19th.
2019 USA Super Senior Teams, UmagThe USTA has selected 10 Super Senior Teams, 40 players, to represent the USA in Senior Fed Cup and Senior Davis Cup play in Umag, Croatia in September.
Kitty Godfree Cup, Women’s 65 Gary Jenkins Boston MA Jan Kirkland-Cochran Fayetteville GA Geoff Cykman San Francisco CA Lil Peltz-Petow Sarasota FL Mark Meyers
Houston TX Tina Karwasky
Glendale CA Tom Smith Alpharetta GA Wendy McColskey Durham NC Jack Crawford Cup
Althea Gibson Cup
Brent Abel, Captain Morada CA Brenda Carter
Charleston SC Bob Litwin Lafayette CO Liane Bryson San Diego CA Geoffrey Moore Boynton Beach FL Judy Dixon (replacing Molly Hahn) MA Steven Gottlieb New York NY Toni Novack Fort Lauderdale FL Bitsy Grant Cup
Donald Long Rochester NY Carolann Castell Kirkland WA
David Dollins Escondido CA Cathie Anderson Del Mar CA Dean Corley Also Viejo CA Charleen Hillebrand Harbor City CA Jimmy Parker, Captain Santa Fe NM Suella Steel, Captain La Jolla CA
Gardnar Mulloy Cup
Doris Hart Cup
Herm Ahlers Las Vegas NV Burnett Herrick Tarboro NC Robert Quall Merced CA Carol Wood, Captain Rockville MD Lester Sack, Captain New Orleans LA Dorothy Wasser Palm Beach Gardens FL Wilbur Jones Shawnee KS Sheila Palmer La Jolla CA Men’s 85 Cup Women’s 85 Cup Team (If ITF holds this competition) George McCabe Oxford OH Mary John Lynch Rockport TX John Powless (captain) Madison WI Irene Bretzel Fircrest WA Joe Russell Chagrin Falls OH Margaret Canby, Captain San Antonio TX King Van Nostrand Vero Beach FL Rose Austin Naples FL
2020 World Championships
The ITF Seniors Committee are very pleased to communicate the following dates and venues for the 2020 World Team & Individual Championships.
2020 Young-Seniors World Championships (35/40/45)
Location: Umag, Croatia
Team Event: Sunday 13 September up to Saturday 19 September 2020
Individual Event: Saturday 19 September to Saturday 26 September 2020
2020 Seniors World Championships (50/55/60) April 23 update: postponed to 2021
Location: Boca Raton & Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA
Team Event (Boca Raton) – Sunday 26 April up to Saturday 2 May 2020
Individual Event (Palm Beach Gardens) – Saturday 2 May to Saturday 9 May 2020
2020 Super-Seniors World Championships (65/70/75/80/85)
Location: Mallorca, Spain
Team Event: Sunday 11 October up to Saturday 17 October 2020
Individual Event: Saturday 17 October to Saturday 24 October 2020
Thursday, September 20, 2018
San Diego, California, USA
The USA will compete in seven finals on Friday in Croatia. Matches in Center, Grand Stand and Court 1 at ATP Stadium will be streamed live (see links below). Draws have been posted for individuals, see link below.
The USA was in action in four Cups today, the Men’s 65, 70, 75 & 85.
The USA WON the Men’s 85 behind the singles play of Saul Snyder and Joe Russell and the doubles expertise of George McCabe/Chuck Nelson. Here’s a photoof McCabe, Snyder, Russell and Nelson from the opening ceremonies. They beat Australia in the final round robin match, going 4/0 in the competition.
The Men’s 70s, Crawford Cup, has been on a roll since their loss on Monday. They beat Finland 3/0 today and play for 9th tomorrow. Geoff and Brent played the doubles; Clark and Hammel played the doubles (winning again in a match tiebreak).
The Men’s 65s and 75s both played Australia today in their respective divisions and both won 2/1.
The Britannia Cup team, M65 saw Dave Sivertson win at #2 singles; Len Wofford played a great match against Andrew Rae but fell 76 64 and Paul Wulf/Tom Smith won the doubles point. Photos courtesy of Jeanne Sivertson; I created the collage.
In the Men’s 75, Bitsy Grant cup, G. Waygood was too good for USA’s Fred Drilling at #2 singles, winning 76 46 62. Jimmy Parker at #1 won 64 64 over A.Walker. Drilling and Michael Stewart were too good for Waygood/B. Rehn, winning 64 62.
Matches on center court are being streamed here: http://Htsv.hr/live-stream. Matches start at 9am CET (GMT +2).
Please click on the following links below to view the draws and order of play for the 2018 ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships.45.431388913.5238889
Trieste Airport, Trieste, Italy
The Super Senior World Team Championships started today; since I finished my tournament on Thursday, I’ve been biking around Umag and taking photos of the players practicing and helping take team photos and photos of the opening ceremonies. Today and yesterday I biked into old Umag which is a real mixture of old and new…a very old building with a satellite dish and air conditioner; laundry hanging between streets above restaurants; clear water filled with small fish not far from t-shirt hawkers.
Yesterday the opening ceremonies took place after all the captains’ meetings, where draws were made. (These can be found here, along with photos). The players all walked into the stadium to music and four flag bearers remained as the rest of the countries paraded in. It made for a colorful picture when all the players in their nations’ tracksuits walked in. Players from countries from A (Argentina) to Z (Zimbabwe) walked in before host country Croatia arrived to cheers.
And that’s a wrap for this European trip…I’m on my way to home via Munich…thanks for reading.
Please click on the following links below to view the draws and order of play for the 2018 ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships.
Draws for Cups (click on results to see draws)
Super Senior Applications Open Feb. 15, 2018 and close April 1, 2018. World Team Championships are to be played Sept 16-21 in Umag, Croatia.
The ITF Super Seniors Individual World Championships finished on Friday October 20th with a lot of excellent matches.
Donna Fales won the 75 singles, doubles and mixed. She beat Heide Orth in the singles final, rallying from 51 down in the first set to win it in a tiebreak. Orth rallied to win the second set and led 2/0 in the third at which point Fales won the last six games to claim her third (or fourth) ITF singles title. That was only the warm up though. Orth and Fales took on the all-American team of Suella Steel and Charleen Hillebrand. The latter team won the first set and the second set was close throughout. Orth/Fales won it in a tiebreak and took the ensuing match tiebreak 10-8. It was a good match with lots of long rallies between Steel and Orth and finishing shots by Hillebrand and Fales. Fales then played the last match of the championships with Fred Drilling (a former UCLA player who was on the team with Arhur Ashe). They beat an Aussie pairing for the title.
The men’s 85s was won by George McCabe who was playing his 4th final at a world championship. It was his first singles title. He beat Max Byrne in a match tiebreak in the final. He combined later with John Powless to win the men’s doubles over Adrian Alle/Burns from Australia. The mixed was won by Byrne and Margaret Fisher.
The women’s 85 singles final was an all-Canadian affair with Muffie Grieve beating Rosie Asch in the final. Asch though won the doubles with Fisher over Margaret Canby/Angie Ray of the USA.
The men’s and women’s 80s finals were both all-American matches. King Van Nostrand won his 12th (!) individual world singles title over Lester Sack and then combined with Peter Froehlich to win the doubles. Roz King beat her doubles partner, Dori DeVries to win the 80 singles and they were doubles semifinalists. Inge Weber, CAN and Dorothy Wasser, USA won the doubles title. Mixed went to Elizabeth Von Boemmel and Sylvio Linzbauer of GER over Jean Stevens/Evan Delarue of NZL.
The men’s 75s was won by Eltjo Sasker of NED over Jaime Pinto Bravo from CHI in a battle of the top two seeds (though the 2nd seed won this encounter). In doubles, Michael Stewart/Fred Drilling, USA beat Aussies Bob Howe/Bruce Rehn62 67 10-7 (match tiebreaks were used in all doubles and mixed matches).
The 70s men’s title went to Jose Camina Borda from Spain, who, though limping around all week, dominated the singles. Elle Krocke of NED won another singles championship, a three set battle over Sylvie Galfard of FRA. Galfard pulled a rabbit out of her hat the previous day against Brenda Carter, USA when she rallied from 0-4, ad out in the third set to win it 64! Carter though combined to win the doubles with Betty Wachob, USA. It was Wachob’s first world title. They beat Carol Campling AUS and Frances MacLennan GBR in the final. The men’s 70 doubles was also won by the American team of Jimmy Parker/Richard Johnson over Mark Cox/Richard Tutt. Johnson was supposed to play with Les Buck, who badly sprained his ankle during the team event and had to pull out. Jimmy pulled out of singles to play doubles and the rest is history. Mixed was won by Petro Kruger/Petr Kolacek over Campling/Alan Gooch.
In the 65s, the men’s final was a familiar face, Andrew Rae, who beat defending champion Bruno Renoult of France. The first set was a dogfight, won 76 (5) by Rae on at least his third set point (Renoult finally missed a drop shot!). The second went 61 to Rae. Renoult didn’t go home without a title though…he teamed with Adrienne Avis of AUS to defend the mixed title they won in Umag. They beat Sandraw Tritt/Keith Porter in the final. Rae combined with American Daniel Grossman to win the 65 doubles over Ukranians Iurii Krolenko/Vladimir Nazarenko 62 61. Kerry Ballard/Sue Walter of AUS eased past Americans Molly Hahn/Judy Dixon. Dixon was playing in the world championships for the first time. They took out Karwasky/Kirkland-Cochran in the semis. Jana Sedlakova of CZE, who played Fed Cup for that country, earned her first win over Nora Blom and it was decisive, 60 62.
And that’s a wrap on the ITF Super Seniors for 2017. Many thanks to the USTA, ITF, especially Hayley, Jo, Michael, Marco and the rest of the hard working staff and volunteers.
Today, October 19 was a great day for tennis at the USTA National Campus in Orlando. Muffie Grieve beat fellow Canadian Rosie Asch in the women’s 85 final. George McCabe won the men’s 85 title over Max Byrne (note corrected surname!)from AUS. He said it was his fourth final and first win. He’s in the doubles final tomorrow too. In an All American final, Roz King beat her friend and doubles partner, Dori DeVries to capture her second world title with a 64 64 win. They also reached the doubles semifinal (not final..that will take place Friday) where they fell to Canadian Inge Weber and Dorothy Wasser from Florida (those lobs…deadly!).
It was very windy and the players struggled in the wind, especially the smaller players.
in men’s 80s it will be an All American final as were the semis. King Van Nostrand easily moved past Gordon Hammes, but #2 seed Lester Sack dropped the first set to unseeded Herm Ahlers before prevailing in a match tiebreak.
Both women’s 65 matches were terrific. Nora Blom, NED, rallied from a set down to beat Adrienne Avis AUS. Kerry Ballard, AUS had a set point in the second set against Jana Sedlacova from CZE but failed to convert and fell 75 76. Blom is seeking her second straight world title.
Bruno Renoult beat Larry Turville, moving brilliantly and slicing and dicing his much taller opponent.
Peter Keller, AUS advanced to the men’s 75 singles final, taking out Flor, ESP.
IN men’s 70s, Camina Borda advanced when Ken Dahl retired with a bad leg.
In women’s 70s, Sylvie Galfard (who took out Brenda Carter) will play Elle Krocke NED (I think).
In women’s 75, the final between doubles partners Donna Fales and Heide Orth, both former tour players will take place tomorrow.
There were lots of doubles results too…more in a day or two with photos!
Wednesday morning this was the weather:
Wednesday afternoon it changed to this:
So there’s now no play till 4:30 pm, but there was quite a bit of play before the rain this morning.
In the 65s, Adrienne Avis (Main) upset Tina Karwasky in two tight sets 76(5) 64. Adrienne moved well, dropshotted well and volleyed well. Jana Sedlackova, CZE beat Nichole Hesse Cazaux in straight sets 60 63. Nora Blom (NED), defending champion, beat Helen Worland (AUS) 61 76(6)and #2 seed Kerry Ballard beat Judy Dixon, USA 61 60 to complete the final 4.
In the women’s 70s, Elle Krocke, the top seed from Netherlands, edged Frances Maclennan (GBR) in three sets. Maclennan got going after losing the first 8 games, and commented that Krocke was flawless up till then. Mary Ann Gaskin, CAN was in a battle with June Peck, GBR which June won 76 (9) 63. The remaining matches are unfinished in this division. Brenda Carter (USA) is down a set but up 2/0 40/0 against Sylive Galfard-Kirsetn (FRA). Petro Kruger (RSA) is playing Carol Gay (USA).
In the women’s 75, Donna Fales is up 64 42 against Brigitte Godfroid (FRA). Heide Orth (GER) the top seed, beat Charleen HIllerbrand 62 63.
In the 80s it will be an All-American final since Dori DeVries (USA) took out Inge Weber (CAN), the defending world champion 46 64 (10-2). It was the second win this year for DeVries over Weber. DeVries will play her doubles partner, Roz King (USA) for the world singles title. King beat Carol Wood (USA) 61 36 (10-5) to advance in a drop shot filled semifinal.
For the 85s, it will be another North American final, but for that division it’s an all-Canadian final between Doris Hart Cup teammates Muffie Grieve and Rosie Asch. Grieve beat Margaret Canby (USA) 61 62 while Asch (the defending champion) took out #2 seeded Yvette Laubus (FRA) 60 60.
In men’s play George McCabe, the #3 seed, took out Henri Cruchet (FRA), 64 26 (10-2). He will play Max Byrne (AUS) the #4 seed. Byrne upset top seeded John Powless (USA) 64 36 (10-7).
In the men’s 80s, Herm Ahlers (USA) is playing the last men’s QF against Andreas Seeholzer (GER) and leads by a set and 3-1. Gordon Hammes (USA) upset Herbert Althaus (GER), the #3 seed 62 75. King Van Nostrand the top seed and defending champion beat Kevin Crump (AUS) 60 61. Lester Sack (USA) beat Silvio Linzbauer 5-0 ret.
In the men’s 75, Jaime Pinto Bravo (CHI) beat Ernst-Gunter Ehmke 60 60. Henk Nijeboer (GBR) allowed Fred Driling (USA) only a game. Eltjo Sasker (NED) beat Henry Steinglass (USA) 61 61. Steven Lunsford (USA) though did score a win for the host country, beating Bob Howes (AUS) the #3 seed 64 63.
In men’s 70s, Ken Dahl (CAN) took out Jamie Pressly (USA) 76(5) 64. Jorge Camina Borda (ESP) the top seed, beat Richard Tutt (GBR) 62 61. There are 2 uncompleted matches, Peter Keller (AUS) vs Steve Gottlieb (USA) and Luis Flor de la Morena (ESP) vs Ramior Benavides Saravia (BOL) the #2 seed.
In men’s 65, Andrew Rae (AUS), the #2 seed, won by default over Alain Vaysset (FRA). Torsetn Hansson (SWE) beat Tom Smith (USA) 46 51 ret. Padg Bolton (USA) is playing Bruno Renoult (FRA). Larry Turville (USA) is taking on VIttorio Costella (ITA).
The singles should be completed tonight if there’s no further rain (no guarantees, check with the tournament). The sun is out now!
Link to all photos from teams: Photos from Lake Nona of Players
Click here for blogs about team event: Super Senior Cup Teams, Lake Nona, 2017- Players; Cup Information, Draws, Photos
Saturday began with wet courts but quickly turned sunny. The USA Women’s 70 team finished the tie with Netherlands on Center Court. The USA led 64 3*4. Netherlands promptly broke USA and had a set point at 45 30-40 but Brenda Carter rose to the challenge, USA fought back to take the match 76 (5). The USA women’s team was the only unseeded USA team.
USA won all 7 finals contested and seven of nine Cups!
The USA won 3/0 in the Bitsy Grant Cup (men’s 75) over Argentina and also won 3/0 against Argentina in the Althea Gibson Cup (women’s 70).
It was a really hot and humid day again with the “feels like” temperature hovering around 100…humidity will do that to you. However, the players are resilient and smart, pacing themselves so that no one fell ill.
The day started with the exciting finish to the Austria/France Men’s 65 match. Harald Hellmonseder (AUT) was up 63 54 40-15 last night as the skies threatened. Bruno Renoult (FRA) saved the first match point with a net cord. On the next point Harald faulted and then it started POURING down rain. They resumed play at 8:30 today. And on the second match point, Bruno hit a second net cord winner on a passing shot! Harald hit and ace but match point #3 came and went, but it was 4th time lucky, as the Austrian was successful with a serve and volley to seal the upset over #2 seeded France. Austria beat Mexico later in the day but the #1 singles was a three setter.
Most of the seeds were off today except for those in groups of four.
Here’s some photos from today’s matches.
The USTA has announced that USTA ranking points will be awarded for the ITF Senior World Championships played in Miami and for the ITF Super Senior World Championships played at the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona, Florida. Points will be awarded for men’s and women’s singles and doubles. Mixed doubles points are not awarded because there are no USTA rankings for mixed doubles.
The points awarded will be equivalent to USTA Category I ranking points (10x, with 1000 points going to the event winner). Gold balls will NOT be awarded for these events and they do not count as a Category I tournament for meeting the minimum play requirement for qualifying for a USA international team (though the results may be considered when selecting the 2018 teams).
Only USTA members who are USA citizens or residents will receive ranking points.
The ITF awards international ranking points for the world championships separately. The awarding of USTA ranking points is separate and does not affect the awarding of ITF ranking points.
Super Seniors: October 14-21, 2017
Seniors: November 4-11, 2017
Super Seniors: M/W 65/70/75/80/85, S/D/Mxd (No USTA ranking points for mixed)
Seniors: M/W 50/55/60, S/D/Mxd (no USTA ranking points for mixed)
Super Seniors: Wednesday September 3rd, 2017 at 2pm British time (9am EDT/6am PDT)
Fact Sheets (with information on how to enter, how to pay, venues, hotels etc.)
Super Seniors: Click here to see the fact sheet.
How to enter: Players must have an IPIN to enter. If you do not have an IPIN do not wait till the last minute to enter, get your IPIN now!
Super Seniors: See the fact sheet
Seniors: Fact sheet not yet available, but will be posted her, at itftennis.com/seniors and at carolynnichols.com when available (and here).
Who can play?
Anyone who is in good standing with their national association (see fact sheet for further details). However, qualifying may be necessary if draws exceed 128 for singles or 64 for doubles/mixed. See the fact sheet for further details.
Questions about USTA ranking points? Email email@example.com.
After receiving feedback from players and national associations the surface for all Cups in Lake Nona (M/W 65-80 & M85) is projected to be HarTru (green) clay.
However, the USTA reserves the right to play matches if necessary (due to rain or other circumstances) on Plexicushion (cushioned) hard courts in order to complete this competition.
Update Sunday: USA won the bronze in Men’s 65 & gold in Women’s 75 thus winning 3 gold and 2 bronze overall.
The USA Doris Hart Cup beat Great Britain today, winning both singles in straight sets this time. Carol Wood and Burnett Herrick won #2 and #1 singles respectively.
The USA Men’s 80s, Gardnar Mulloy Cup, completed their victory over Germany with Lester Sack completing his match that was in progress yesterday when rain halted it, then beat Australia 2/1, sweeping both singles in straight sets behind wins by King Van Nostrand and Lester Sack before dropping the doubles match.
The USA Kitty Godfree Cup swept Great Britain today 3/0 to earn the bronze medal. Their vanquishers, Australia, won the Cup.
The USA Britannia Cup team fell 2/1 to Spain, losing the deciding doubles today. They were to play for third either later today or tomorrow; as of 10:30 pm local time in Umag no results were posted. There will be a later update.45.431388913.5238889
65s: The USA Britannia Cup team beat Sweden 3/0 to advance to the semifinals on Friday in Umag. Their match tomorrow will be live streamed. Here is the live stream link: http://www.htsv.hr/live-stream. The USA Kitty Godfree Cup team fell 3/0 to Australia. (More on Sue Bramlette’s blog once I post it.)
70s: The USA Althea Gibson Cup team fell 2/1 to France, dropping both singles before winning the doubles point. France won this event last year so it was a tough back draw. Betty Wachob lost to Sylvie Galfard and Brenda lost to world champion Gail Benedetti. The men’s Crawford Cup team had a bye today.
75s: The Betsy Grant Cup team fell 2/1 to Great Britain. They started well, with Ivo Barbic beating former British great Roger Taylor but Joe Bachmann lost at #1 singles and Rudy Hernando/Frank Hagelshaw lost the doubles point. They play for 5th next. The Queens Cup team had a day off Thursday.
80s: Both the USA Mulloy and Hart Cup teams had a rest day today and play the semis tomorrow.
Summary: USA plays semis of Men’s 65, Women’s 75, Women’s & Men’s 80s on Friday; Plays for bronze next in Women’s 65; Plays for 7th in Women’s 70; Plays for 5th, Men’s 75; plays for 7th-10 in Men’s 70.45.431388913.5238889
From Kay Dandel: The GOLD BALLS MOVIE (goldballsmovie.com), is an upcoming documentary about tennis players over age 80! GOLD BALLS is a film about champions in the world of ULTRA Senior tennis. It’s a world where the players actually look forward to getting older if only every 5 years when they age up into the next category and have relative youth on their side.
GOLD BALLS includes numerous National and World tennis champions, along with underdogs and competitors new to the tournament circuit, focusing on the humor and drama that takes place off center court.
We are launching a 30-Day Kickstarter campaign today (Kickstarter.com, search: GOLD BALLS MOVIE) to raise the funds to support the filming of this independent documentary during the 2014 National Championship season.
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Roz King into Singles Final in Villach; Van Nostrand, Powless, McCabe, Ginnard, Karwasky, HIllebrand, Fales, Drilling Reach Semis
Roz King upset #2 seed and defending champion Inge Weber today in Villach, Austria, putting her into the final against Germany’s’ Elisabeth Von Boemmel, her conqueror in the team event last week. It is King’s first world singles final.
Also in Villach, in a couple of All-American battles, John Powless stopped unseeded Joe Russell’s run, besting him in straight sets, to reach the semis and unseeded King Van Nostrand, a 9 times world champion, and the finalist last year, edged Bitsy Grant Cup teammate Lester Sack 76 in the third set.
Yesterday Margaret Canby, women’s 80, Lyn Tietz and Ria Graham, women’s 75, lost close battles in the quarters.
Charleen Hillebrand, also unseeded, continued her run through the draw, beating Frances McClennan of Great Britain to reach the semis. She plays Michelle Bichon, a 62 62 winner over American Cathie Anderson in the semis. On the other half of the draw Donna Fales also advanced to the semis, beating Germany #8 seed Birgitte Hoffmann without incident.
Fred Drilling advanced to play Peter Pokorny in the semis in the men’s 70s while Milesi of Italy upset Jimmy Parker in the other semi.
Richard Johnson lost a tough three setter in the quarters of the men’s 65s today.
Later today Rita Price and Jane Lutz play the 85s singles semis. There are a lot of American teams still in the doubles and they play later today.
George McCabe upset #1 seed and defending champion Lorne Main in a thriller 67 62 1/0 (8) (beat him 10-8 in a match tiebreak, Lorne’s second match tiebreak loss of the competition). Mary Ginnard beat Dagmar Sperneder of Austria in the 60s and Tina Karwasky won 60 60 again. Rita Price and Jane Lutz both won their semis in the 85s and will play each other in the final, probably tomorrow. Brenda Carter/Betty Wachob; Jimmy Parker/Everet Johnsson and Les Buck/Richard Johnson advanced in doubles; Clem Hopp defaulted to Doug Corbett in the men’s 85 semis.
There will be more results later. Click on the link below to see them.
Today was a day of practice for the players…I saw the women’s 75 and 80s practicing twice and the men’s 80s once at least. The Aussies were also very keen as were the Canadians. I ran over to the courts and back, a couple of miles and chatted with some of the players there.
We had a meeting in Portschach on “Lake Worth” which normally is a 25 minute drive from Villach. Due to the Harley Davidson parade though, we had a take a roundabout route and also ran into major traffic…it took an hour. I met up in Portschach with the other ITF reps there and ITF referees and ITF staff.
Back in Villach, the referee, Sandor from Hungary, and I got a bit organized for the captains’ meetings tomorrow. Somewhere along the way I lost my laptop charger, but one of the tournament helpers here found a replacement and so I have laptop power and can edit my photos and web page after all…whew!
Tomorrow I move hotels and also help with the captains’ meetings. Following that are opening ceremonies. Monday play begins except for the seeded players in round robin groups of 3. There will be draws posted by the end of the opening ceremonies tomorrow, hopefully for all cups.
All for now…took no photos today.