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Blog: ITF Tennis, Larry Turville, Day 5

September 14, 2012 10:48 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.


The Canadian and U.S. teams
The Croatian site and courts, host of the ATP event
US vs. Canada. It rained all night and turned cold and windy.  At 1:30 they announced that matches on 8 courts would start at 2pm. As we walked out to the last court down, one of the fences had even blown down. The wind was ranging between 20 and 30 miles per hour. What a difference a day makes. 

Paul started slow and Canada started strong; he lost the first set. Paul is normally a serve and volley guy, and it was very difficult to do. Second set he started staying back and picked his game up: 6-3, 6-0 for Paul last two sets. 

I'm next against Keith Porter (who likes to serve & volley). In the wind it's good to use a bit of spin which makes it curve even more. I was able to do that pretty well (he didn't serve and volley much) and throw in drops against the wind. I won 6-3, 6-0.  

So at 6:30pm we were to start the doubles, but fortunately they had other matches that needed to play, and we didn't have to play it. Our dedicated supporters Cheri (Paul's wife) and Ellen (Tony's) were mostly frozen. At 10:15 there were matches still going, but the referee decided it was time to stop (they were hungry) and start again next day. 

Germany beat the Czech Republic in the doubles, finishing about 9:30, so Friday is Germany. Germans will be tough as always.

On to Germany...





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