USA swept the singles in the Crawford, Godfree, Marble and Grant Cups today. That was not the case in the Doris Hart Cup, women’s 80s. Jane Lutz won a hard fought victory at #2 singles though to start off the tie positively against Australia. Margaret Canby played #1 singles and lost convincingly to Ann Fotheringham…60 60. Margaret’s comment before the doubles was that if Ann played the doubles, her partner was going to see every ball! However, Ann didn’t play the doubles point, Rose Austin and Margaret did. Rose was making her Cup debut on her 80th birthday and had a nice birthday present: a victory in her first Cup match and a deciding one at that! The USA plays Argentina tomorrow. Argentina upset #1 seeded Germany 2/1 today…in fact every tie in the Doris Hart Cup today was hotly contested, with all four going to the deciding doubles match and three out of four being decided by a match tiebreak in the doubles.
Several USA players made their Cup debuts today and all but one was successful.
In the men’s 70, Crawford Cup, Donald Long won at #2 against Denmark; Jack Metalsky played his first ever clay court match (he’s a SoCal player), debuting at #1 and won comfortably as did Jody Rush/Dean Corley. They take on Ireland tomorrow.
In the women’s 60s, Alice Marble Cup, Sherri Bronson and Tina Karwasky swept the singles, allowing rookies Sue Bramlette and Rita Giles to make their debuts in doubles and they won convincingly 64 60. They take on Spain tomorrow.
The women’s 65s, Godfree Cup, USA beat Brazil, dropping only a handful of games in winning at #2 singles (Brenda Carter), #1 singles (Martha Downing) and doubles (Carol Clay/Kathy Bennett). They play Switzerland next.
In men’s 75s, Bob Quall (whose suitcase has STILL not arrived in Turkey; everyone else has received their delayed luggage) won at #2 singles against Japan; Rookies Willie Wolf and JB Hayes lost a tough doubles match. They take on Sweden tomorrow.
All teams are in action tomorrow.
I found out today that the “Beach Courts” are still in existence, behind the big new hotel, which is not owned by Ali Bey, and there are now six of them. I’m not sure they still belong to Ali Bey but they still appear on the court plan map.