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Florida Players Collect 14 Titles at USTA Adult National Tennis Events

April 21, 2011 10:06 AM
Larry Turville at the USTA National Men's 60 Hard Court Championships (photo: Carolyn Nichols)
Florida age-division tournament players amassed a total of 14 singles and doubles titles in March-April 2011 in USTA Adult National tournaments across the U.S.

Naples' Larry Turville, the reigning men's 60s world champion who has not lost a tennis match in the men's 60s in the U.S. in nearly two years, led the way by successfully defending his title at the Campbell Soup USTA National Men's 60 Hard Court Championship, April 11-17 at Mission Hills Country Club in Palm Springs, Calif.

In the final the top-seeded Turville cruised past No. 5 seed Paul Wulf of Salem, Ore., 6-2, 6-1. Another Floridian made his presence known in the doubles final as Philip Landauer of Santa Rosa Beach teamed with Arizona's Brian Cheney as the top seeds to win the crown, defeating Thomas Connell of Carmel, Calif., and Tony Dawson of Sealy, Tex., 6-4, 6-7, 6-1.

Top-seeded Joe Bachmann of Sarasota was another singles champion in the Men's 70s division at the USTA National Men's 70 & 75 Indoor Championships, held March 21-27 at the Downtown Club At The Met in Houston, Tex. In the singles final he came from a set down to defeat Atlanta's No. 5 seed Ivo Barbic 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(6).

Bachmann almost made it a singles-doubles sweep in the doubles final where he finished runner-up with Dripping Springs, Texas' Del Campbell. As the No. 2 seeds the pair lost to top-seeded Robert Anderman and Thomas Brunkow of Sykesville and Bethesda, Md., respectively.

Florida women captured five titles during the USTA National Women's 35, 45, 55, 65, 75 & 85 Clay Court Championships, held March 21-27 at the Houston Racquet Club.

Taking home the lone singles hardware in Houston was Ft. Lauderdale's Carolyn Nichols, who as the top seed eased past No. 3 Leslie Airola Murveit of California 6-1, 6-2 for the Women's 55 title. Panama City's No. 3-seeded Betty Wachob was the runner-up in the Women's 65 division, losing the final 3-6, 7-6(3), 7-5 to No. 2 Brenda Carter of Charleston, SC.

In doubles Florida took four titles with Delray Beach's Mary Dailey teaming with Austin's Michelle King to win the Women's 35 Doubles title; Nichols matching her singles title with the Women's 55 Doubles title with Tracy Viebrock of Ft. Lauderdale; Palm Coast's Heide Orth teaming with Californian Suella Steel to win the Women's 65 Doubles title over Panama City's Wachob and Brenda Carter of Charleston, SC; and Vero Beach's Boots Van Nostrand teaming with California's Dorothy Matthiessen to win the Women's 75 Doubles crown.

The Florida pairing of Kim Cashman of Clearwater and Vesna McKenna of Hollywood were runners-up in the Women's 45 Doubles division, losing as the No. 4 seeds to top-seeded Mariana Hollman of Winston Salem, NC, and Jarilyn Joseph of Pacific Palisades, Calif., 6-2, 6-1.
“Tracy Viebrock from Fort Lauderdale won her first national title when she won the 55 doubles with me,” Nichols said. “Tracy is a math teacher in ‘real life,’ and was very excited, as were all her friends at the Lauderdale Tennis Club. Kim Cashman, another Floridian, was out with cancer last year and it was a nice story that. Not only was she back playing, but she was a doubles finalist with Hollywood's Vesna McKenna in the 45 doubles.”

McKenna was a doubles winner at the USTA National Women's 40 Clay Court Championship on March 30-April 3 at the Ballenisles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, teaming with Californian Amy Alcini as the top seeds. In the final they defeated No. 2-seeded Floridians Dailey of Delray Beach and Trish Riddell of Maitland 6-3, 6-2.

Jacksonville's Trudy Vermeer was the unseeded runner-up in the Women’s 40 singles final, losing to the No. 3-seeded Alcini.
Florida women collected another five titles at the USTA National Women's 60, 70, & 80 Clay Court Championships on April 9-15 at the Huntsville Tennis Center in Huntsville, Ala. Singles winners were top-seeded Kerry Young of Maitland in the Women's 60 final, defeating Ft. Lauderdale's No. 2-seeded Carol Clay 6-3, 6-2. Top-seeded Donna Fales of Coral Gables won the Women's 70 title, and top-seeded Doris Lutz of Sarasota won the Women's 80 title, losing only one game in the final.

Young and Margaret Cooper of West Palm Beach won the Women's 60 doubles title as the No. 2 seeds, and Lutz and Louise Russ of Boca Raton won the Women's 80 doubles title as the No. 2 seeds.

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