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Blog: ITF Tennis, Larry Turville, Day 4

September 13, 2012 08:33 AM
Larry Turville of Naples, Fla., the playing captain of the U.S. Von Cramm Cup (Men's 60 & over) team, blogs from the 32nd International Tennis Federation (ITF) Super-Seniors World Team Championships hosted by the Hrvatski Teniski Savez (Croatian Tennis Association), Sept. 10-15, 2012 in Umag, Croatia.
 
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 12
 
turville_blog-photo-US_vs_Ireland_2012Ok, so there are 28 countries represented in the Von Cramm Cup, Men’s 60’s, which means that we have 4 groups of three and 4 groups of four which play round robins and then the teams that win their round robins go to a quarterfinal round.  
 
It’s pretty much a compass draw which means you keep playing until you finish somewhere between 1 and 28.  In each group of three, there is one seeded team and two others.  \In each group of four there are two seeded teams, a 5-8 team and a 9-12 team. The top eight seeds are:
 
1.     USA
2.     Australia
3.     France
4.     Germany
5.     Austria
6.     Great Britain
7.     Spain
8.     Canada
 
Ireland and Finland were picked to be in our group of three. On Tuesday we played Ireland; Wesley was #2 singles, I played #1, and Paul and Tony doubles. Wesley started by losing the first set, but pulled it out in a four-hour marathon.  If you thought you saw some long rallies in the US Open, these were twice as long but with a little less pace. After that we picked it up a bit and the luck of the Irish didn’t last. As most teams, they were nice guys to play against (see picture).
 
They didn’t used to have round robins, but remember the year we had the parade in Ireland -- that year the U.S. was unseeded and we upset #2 seed Australia in the first round.  There were only 16 teams so Australia got to play a couple more matches in the consolation and that was it. They weren’t happy. After that we started having round robins so you got several matches in before being relocated to a consolation group. By the way we went all the way and won it that year beating Spain in the finals. 
 
Today was Finland -- Tony played #2, Paul #1, and Wesley and I in doubles.  Tony won pretty easily, but Paul had to work for it a bit. His match was interrupted by rain, and when he came back he won 5 points in a row to win 6-2, 6-2.  Wesley and I had a fun match with the guys being pretty good doubles players; we prevailed 6-3, 6-2.
 
So that means we’re on to the quarterfinals but a little hiccup; we have no opponent at the moment. Canada & Sweden were not able to finish their match because of the rain and five 7-6 sets. The #1 players are tied a set all.  If Canada wins then they have to play the doubles and whoever wins that we play. If Canada loses the singles, it’s over and we play Sweden. To add to the confusion it’s supposed to rain again tomorrow. It could be a long day.   The lineup will be Paul at #2, myself at #1 and Paul and Tony at doubles, and will probably stay that way for the rest of the event. Wesley is our #4 player and backup. So it’s a bit of a mystery, but we’ll be ready to take on whoever comes our way.
 
All for now….
 
Also see: Blog Day 1
 
 
 
 

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