Reporting from California, USA
I will update the results of the Men’s 65 & 80 later today.
Update, 10 pm CET:
USA lost 2/1 to Chile in the M80 and 3/0 to France in M65. Both teams and M70 play for third tomorrow.
W65/70/75 play for first along with M75 & 85.
W85 have won their division.
The Bitsy Grant Cup team, Men’s 75, led by Jimmy Parker, won both singles against France to advance to the final on Thursday in Umag. Don Long put in a gritty performance against Francois Pierson, winning 76 (5) in the third set to give the USA a 1/0 lead. Parker sealed the win with a 64 63 win over ?Serge Andres to send the USA into the final. Dean Corley/David Dollins were scheduled to play the doubles.
The USA Men’s 70 team (Jack Crawford) fell to Denmark in two tightly contested singles matches. Brent Abel lost 64 in the third to Claus Peterson at #2 singles and Bob Litwin fell to former top 50 player Kasper Rud 63 in the third. They will play for third place tomorrow.
The Men’s 65 team (Britannia Cup) is down 1/0 to France. Bruno Renault, last year’s world champion, playing #2 singles, beat Geoff Cykman handily; Mark Meyers is playing Didier Kaisserian at #1 singles; if he wins, he’ll play the deciding doubles with Tom Smith.
The Gardnar Mulloy (M80) team is up 1/0 vs Chile behind the strong singles play of Lester Sack at #2 singles. Bob Quall is playing the very tough Jaime Pinto Bravo at #1; Wilbur Jones/Sack are scheduled for doubles.
The Doris Hart Cup team (W80) lost 2/1 to Argentina; Burnett Herrick won at #2 singles; Dorothy Wasser lost at #1 to Romero and Flint/Romero beat Herrick/Wasser 76 75. Argentina plays Great Britain tomorrow in the three team round robin. If Argentina wins, USA finishes second. If Great Britain wins, then it will come down to sets and games to determine the order of finish. The USA will finish 1, 2 or 3.
The following teams are off today: Kitty Godfree (W65); Althea Gibson (W70); Queens (W75); W85 (who have already won their division) and Men’s 85. All play for gold tomorrow and are guaranteed silver. In fact, all 10 teams will medal in Umag, what a great result for our “super” Super Seniors!