The individual world championships begin tomorrow; click here to view draws and seeds.
Draws and results from the each of the cups across the team event are also available at the links below.
The USA Women’s 60 played Germany in the final (spoiler alert, Germany swept the women’s divisions…they are great on clay, have tons of tournaments and leagues and are a stone’s throw away from Umag..and did I mention they are great on players especially on clay).
Susan Wright lost a very tough match at #2 singles, 64 26 64; Helga Nauck, a particularly tremendous German player beat Fran Chandler 61 63…they could have a rematch next week. So Germany won the Cup and the USA took the silver medals.
The USA Women’s 55s played France in the 3/4 playoff. Vesna McKenna played #2 singles and lost 76 4/0 retired. (I don’t know what happened). Jenny Klitch at #1 played a tremendous match to beat Sylvie Mattel 46 74 75 and level the tie. The French though dominated the doubles, beating Mary Dailey and Judy Newman in straight sets to take the bronze. USA took copper.
The Men’s 60s team beat Italy 2/1 to finish 5th. Fernando Cavalleri beat Stu Saiki at #2 63 61; Bill Moss leveled the tie against Raffaello Putti 63 75 and Mike Fedderly/Mike Tammen (the #1 seeds next week) clinched the win with a 62 62 win over Cavalleri/Alessio Frontespezi.
The USA Men’s 50s team finished on a high, beating Slovenia 2/1 behind the singles play of Brendan Murphy at #2 (63 67 63) and (61 62). USA defaulted the doubles point.
The USA Men’s 55 team finished 6th, falling to Sweden 2/0 (Willie Alumbaugh lost at #2 75 63 and Andy Stoner at #1 75 62).
And that’s a wrap for this year’s ITF Seniors World Championships. I’ll be posting occasionally during the individuals and in a week’s time will resume daily posts for the Young Seniors World Championships. Thanks for reading!