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September 9, 2013 08:52 AM
Various Florida players of the 15 total from Florida competing for the U.S. at the 33rd annual International Tennis Federation (ITF) Super-Senior International Team Competition in Austria and the Czech Republic, held Sept. 9-14, 2013, will blog for USTA Florida during the competition.
 
Florida Players on 5 Winning Cup Teams in Austria and Czech Republic
By Carolyn Nichols
 
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The U.S. Hart Cup team, from left to right: Lucille Kyvallos, Mary Ann Plante, Jane Lutz and Margaret Canby
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The U.S. Queens Cup team, from left to right: Lyn Tietz, Ria Graham, Roz King, Dorothy Matthiessen
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The U.S. Crawford Cup team, from left to right: Jimmy Parker, Allan Carter, Fred Drilling, Joe Bachmann
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The U.S. Von Cramm team, from left to right: Fred Robinson, Tony Dawson, Tom Smith, Larry Turville
 
 
 
 
The USA won six Cups in the 33rd ITF Super Senior World Championships last week in Austria and the Czech Republic. Florida was represented by players on five of the Cups and on the two Cup teams which earned silver medals.
 
The USA came close to sweeping the men's divisions, winning the Von Cramm (60-over), Jack Crawford (70), Bitsy Grant (75) and Gardnar Mulloy (80). The Gardnar Mulloy Cup of course is named after the legendary Mulloy who resides in Florida.
 
In the women's divisions, the USA won the Alice Marble (60) and Queens (75) Cups and was a finalist in the Kitty Godfree (65) and Althea Gibson (70) Cups.
 
The men's 60 team featuring Larry Turville at #1 singles beat France to win the title for the fourth straight year 2-1. Larry fell at #1 singles but teammates Fred Robinson at #2 and Tony Dawson/Tom Smith in the doubles clinched the win.
 
The Crawford Cup team, though seeded second after finishing fifth in 2012, had an outstanding win over host Austria. Fred Drilling, Joe Bachmann and Allan Carter were all on the team. Drilling dropped his match at #2 singles but combined with Jimmy Parker to clinch the tie in doubles. Parker played a flawless match to beat world #1 Peter Pkorny at #1 singles.
 
The Grant Cup team was so strong that Floridian King Van Nostrand was relegated to doubles duty where he was undefeated. They beat Germany in the final, which had to be moved indoors due to rain in Czech Republic. The team played at the same club where Thomas Berdych and Petra Kvitova practice and where Davis Cup ties are held. Florida's Fred Farzanegan played #2 singles and captained the team to the win. Lester Sack at #1 and Herm Ahlers rounded out this dominating team.
 
Though the Mulloy Cup didn't feature any Floridians, it did Mulloy proud, not coming close to dropping a set in winning the Cup over France in the final. John Powless at #1 was flawless against former world champion Henri Cruchet, George McCabe was impressive at #2 singles and Richard Doss and captain Joe Russell played smooth doubles in the 3-0 victory.
 
The Alice Marble Cup "dream team" featured Floridians Kerry Young at #2 singles and Mary Ginnard in the doubles slot. World champion Tina Karwasky at #1 and Martha Downing rounded out the team. The USA beat host Austria to win the Cup 2-1. Ginnard and Karwasky clinched the win in doubles.
 
The Queens Cup team, with Florida's Ria Graham, repeated as champions. They played a three team round robin for the Cup, beating Great Britain 2-1 in what was the final behind singles wins by Roz King and Dorothy Matthiessen. They also beat Germany 2-1 in the other round robin match, with Lyn Tietz winning the singles and doubles point, with Matthiessen. Great Britain beat Germany 2-1 to take the silver medals while Germany had to be content with bronze.
 
The Kitty Godfree Cup had two Floridians, Carol Clay and Betty Wachob. Brenda Carter and Molly Hahn played the singles with Wachob and Clay in the doubles slot. The team advanced to the final where they fell to France again 2-0. The doubles wasn't played because it rained.
 
The Althea Gibson Cup team, with Floridian Donna Fales at #1 singles lost a heartbreaker in the final against Great Britain. Both Cathie Anderson at #2 and Fales at #1 dropped three-setters in singles. Fales actually won the same number of games as her opponent, losing 6-3, 0-6, 6-3. Fales and Charleen Hillebrand won the doubles point. Susanne Clark captained the team.
 
The USA Doris Hart Cup team (also named after a long-time Florida resident) had three Floridians on the team: Jane Lutz, Mary Ann Plante and Lucille Kyvallos. Margaret Canby was the captain and #1 player. This team had just plain bad luck: in the first match, playing on indoor clay, Kyvallos won at #2 singles and Canby lost a tight match at #1 playing against the Netherlands. They were leading in the doubles (Kyvallos/Canby) against their Dutch opponents 6-1, 1-1 when Kyvallos fell and broke her elbow. (She had surgery, is in a cast but doing well at the moment). They lost that match and the rest of the matches in their round robin group, but after a day off, and with Kyvallos rejoining the team as a spectator, swept their last two matches against the Dutch and Germany to finish fifth.
 
The USA Britannia Cup (M60) finished fourth.
 
Next year this event will be held in Turkey in October and the Senior World Championships will be held in Florida in Boca Raton and Palm Beach Gardens in late April/early May.
 
 
 
Saturday, Sept. 15
From Larry Turville
 
 
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Today was the finals of the Men's 60 & Over Von Cramm Cup between the USA vs. France.
 
It started a bit strange with our #2 player Fred Robinson going up 5-1 in the first set, and then losing 6 straight games. Then Fred got his rhythm back and won the second set 6-3. Then out of the blue Fred goes down 4-0 in the third, and we starting to get a little nervous.
 
But here comes Fred and after a few close games he wins 6 games in a row. Whew, what a roller coaster. Now my turn and instead of playing Bruno Renout who I have beaten several times, they made a switch.
 
Instead I played the #2 played Dominque Lemone who gave me a lesson after I won the first set. It seemed he had an answer for every shot I hit, and then added a few let cords to rub it in. The good thing is it's a team event, and even though I felt bad for losing my match, we still had a good chance to win the team match.
 
Our doubles team of Tom and Tony started strong and went up 5-2 only to get broken at 5-4 and then go to a tiebreaker. After a few tight moments they prevailed 10-8. The next set they started strong again and stayed strong winning 6-0. Game, set and Von Cramm Cup to the USA 2-1 over France.
 
This is my fourth straight time being on the winning team of the Von Cramm Cup, and it never gets old winning. We had a great group of guys, and as I will be moving up in age groups -- I will miss playing with them for a few years.
 
Austria was a beautiful venue and hope to return there before too long. I would to thank the USTA for giving us the opportunity to play in these competitions and represent the USA.
 
Included are some pics of French & USA teams and award ceremony.
 
 
 
Sept 13
From Larry Turville
 
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Today, Friday, was as expected very tough match against Austria, the host country, which beat the #4 seed Germany on Thursday.
 
Fred at #2 singles, started out losing the first set and was having a hard time finding his rhythm. Fortunately, the guy got a little tired and finally started missing a few. Fred won the last two sets 6-4, 6-3.
 
My opponent didn't have much serve, but had great groundstrokes and ran well. I started pretty strong and got up 5-2 and held for 6-2. Then things started to get a bit tougher.
 
I got down 4-3 and 0-40 on my serve, but somehow squeaked out the game. Then the tide turned and I won the last two games for 6-4.
 
Tony and Tom had a tough time of it too with a tiebreaker in the first. In the end we managed a hard fought USA 3 Austria 0.
 
On to the finals!
 
 
Sept. 12
From Donna Fales
 
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The USA Althea Gibson Cup team
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Sept. 12
From Larry Turville
 
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What looked to be a tough match today turned out a little easier than we thought; USA 3 Sweden 0.
 
Fred Robinson started well on a bit of a cold morning with a 6-2, 6-1 victory at the #2 singles. Then I played #1 against Carsten Swenson, who had beaten the #1 for the Swiss and I expected it to be a battle. In the first game on my serve he broke a string returning, and after that he couldn't find a racquet he liked. I also hit a couple good shots at the right time to win the first set 6-0.
 
Second set I got up 3-0 and 40-0 but lost that game. He picked up a little confidence and made me work for it, but I ran out the set 6-3.
 
In doubles Tony and Tom took care of business. Tomorrow will be semi-finals against either Austria or Germany. Each day it gets tougher and both teams will be good, whoever wins. We hope to be a little better.
 
 
Sept. 11, 2013
From Larry Turville
 
So rain again today, but the ITF decided it was time to go Indoors which made it a long day. The club was in Klagenfurt, the next biggest city to Portschach and part of a sports complex that had several soccer (over here called football) fields.
 
The courts were a bit unusual in that they are carpet but with clay mixed into it. The problem is the clay is in some areas and not others so slippery some places and fine others. Being carpet it also plays much faster than clay.
 
In a strategic move we put Tony Dawson at #1 in my place as he is a little more comfortable with indoors and Fred Robinson at #2 with Tom Smith and I in the doubles. Playing against the Swiss, Fred won fairly easily at #2, but Tony was in for a dogfight at #1. Down a set and 4-2 it was not looking good, but after a tough service game he held to go 4-3.
 
Next game was a big one, and he finally broke after 4 or so ads. The tide now turned with his opponent getting a little tired, and Tony won 6-4, 6-2 in final two sets.
 
Now the doubles was a formality, but Tom and I got some exercise with a 6-4, 6-4 victory. USA 3 Swiss 0.
 
Tomorrow the match is scheduled against Sweden, who beat the Swiss before us. Should be a tough one and probably indoors again given the forecast.
 
 
Sept. 11, 2013
From Carolyn Nichols
 
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Yesterday the Hart Cup with Lucille Kyvallos, Mary Ann Plante and Jane Lutz, all from Florida, and Margaret Canby, Texas, played the Netherlands. Kyvallos won at #2 singles but Canby lost at #1. They had to play on indoor clay due to rain.
 
In the doubles, the USA was leading 6-1, 1-1, when Kyvallos fell (serving and volleying) and hurt her arm. It ended up being broken. She had surgery last night and is doing ok after having 2 pins inserted.
 
The USA Queens Cup team with Ria Graham beat Switzerland 3-0 today and advanced to the semifinal.
 
The USA Kitty Godfree Cup team with Carol Clay and Betty Wachob advanced to the knockout rounds (semis) after beating So Africa 2-1. Wachob teamed with Brenda Carter to win the deciding doubles match.
 
The USA Crawford Cup team (M70s) also won 3-0 and features three Floridians, Fred Drilling, Joe Bachmann and Allan Carter.
 
The USA Gibson Cup team (W70s) with Donna Fales also advanced 3-0 today, and the Bitsy Grant Cup team with King Van Nostrand advanced 2-0. There aren't results yet from the USA women's 60s cup team.
 
I'll post more tomorrow, I was up with Lucille really late last night, 'til she came out of surgery and need sleep!
 
Carolyn
 
 
Sept. 10, 2013
From Larry Turville
 
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Because of rain on Monday our match with Switzerland was postponed until Wed. We are eager to start the matches after practicing with each other for several days. On the good side we have three private courts next to our hotel that we have been able to use so getting in some good practice sessions.
Since we had the day off yesterday, we took a little side trip to the Castle Hochosterwitz. It's a pretty amazing castle that was built on top of a rock back in the 1500's. It made it pretty hard to attack the castle. Above is picture in background.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Sept. 10, 2013
From Carolyn Nichols
 
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Ria Graham (left) is playing on the Queens Cup (W75) and Mary Ann Plante, Lucille Kyvallos and Jane Lutz are representing the USA on the Doris Hart Cup (W80). The Queens Cup team is seeded #1 and the Hart Cup team is seeded #2. The Queens Cup team had a bye today and plays tomorrow. The Hart Cup team was scheduled to play today but it rained and so their matches were postponed till tomorrow.
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The U.S. Bitsy Grant Cup (Men's 75 & Over) and Kitty Godfree Cup (Women's 65 & Over) teams
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Sept. 9, 2013
From Donna Fales, U.S. Althea Gibson (70 & Over) Cup team
 
 
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Donna Fales (second from right) and the U.S. Althea Gibson (70 & Over) team
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Larry Turville (left) and the U.S. Von Cramm Cup squad
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From Larry Turville, U.S. Von Cramm (60 & Over) team member
Sept. 8, 2013
 
 
This year the Super-Senior (60 to 80 ages) ITF Cup matches are being held in southern Austria. I am a member of the Von Cramm Cup (60 & over) representing the USA with other members Tony Dawson, Tom Smith, and Fred Robinson.
 
We are the #1 seeds and defending champs, but there are 18 other countries here as well and many tough competitors. France, Australia, and Spain are the other top four seeds.
 
The actual site is in a quant little vacation town of Portschach located next to Lake Worther or over here better known as the Worthersee. The club has a nice stadium court with 11 other courts, all red clay. However, some of the courts are a little funky with walls or grass quite close to sidelines; in doubles it could get interesting. In all there are five other sites being used as well.
 
My girlfriend Kelli and I arrived on Thursday driving down from Munich. It was beautiful drive with the exception of a few too many tunnels to go through under the mountains. The weather has been beautiful until today, Monday, the beginning of the matches. It started raining last night , but hoping for it to clear this afternoon. We have a bye; so doesn't affect us as much but will mess up later schedule. We are in a round robin group with Switzerland and Sweden, both of which have solid teams. The winner of the group goes into the semi-finals. For scores and results go to the ITF website for seniors.
 
So today is Castle Day and hopefully a little practice later. Tomorrow down to business.
 
Larry Turville
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The not-so-bad view from the team hotel window
 
CLICK HERE to see the photo blog for the Florida Kitty Godfree Cup (Women's 65 & Over) team
 
 
 
 

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