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Florida Players at ITF Super Seniors; Dadamo Wins US Open Playoffs Tennis

August 21, 2013 08:47 AM

15 Florida Players Selected to Represent U.S. at ITF Tennis

 
By Carolyn Nichols, special to USTA Florida
 
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Larry Turville
Fifteen Florida players are among those selected by the USTA to represent the USA at the 33rd annual International Tennis Federation (ITF) Super Senior International Team Competition in Austria and the Czech Republic, held Sept. 9-14, 2013.
 
Florida players are: Larry Turville, Dunnellon; Fred Drilling, Estero; Allan Carter, Boca Raton; Joe Bachmann, Sarasota; Fred Drilling, Estero; Fred Farzanegan, Tampa; King Van Nostrand, Vero Beach; Kerry Young, Maitland; Mary Ginnard, Fort Lauderdale; Carol Clay, Fort Lauderdale; Betty Wachob, Panama City; Donna Fales, Coral Gables; Ria Graham, New Port Richey; Lucille Kyvallos, Fort Lauderdale; Mary Ann Plante, Winter Park; and Doris Jane Lutz, Sarasota.
 
The age division teams are the senior equivalent of the Davis and Fed Cup competitions. The top American tennis players in age divisions 60-80 will represent the USA on red clay.
 
The USA is the defending champion of the Von Cramm Cup (men 60+), Britannia Cup (men 65+), Bitsy Grant Cup (men 75+), Gardnar Mulloy Cup (men 80+), Alice Marble Cup (women 60+), Althea Gibson Cup (women 70+) and Queens Cup (women 75+). The USA finished second in the Kitty Godfree Cup (women 65+) and Doris Hart Cup (women 80+), and fifth in the Jack Crawford Cup (men 70+). These events were last contested on red clay in Croatia in 2012.
 
Following the ITF Seniors World Team Championships, the ITF World Individual Championships will take place Sept. 15-22 in Austria.
 
Turville has been named to the Von Cramm Cup team for men 60+ for the fourth consecutive year. Last year in Croatia he won the deciding singles and doubles matches to clinch the Von Cramm Cup for the USA. Turville was a finalist at the USTA 2012 Clay and won several Category II Nationals. This year he won the prestigious Atlanta Invitational Category II. His teammates are Tony Dawson (Austin, TX), the playing captain; Fred Robinson (Charlotte, NC) and Tom Smith (Alpharetta, GA). The Von Cramm Cup will take place in Klagenfurt, Austria.
 
Drilling, Carter and Bachmann have been named to the Jack Crawford Cup team, with Drilling to serve as the playing captain. Drilling won the 2012 National Clay Courts in singles and doubles. He was a singles finalist at the ITF World Championships, and Austrian and European Championships in 70 singles. He recently finished third at the USTA National 70 Hard Courts. Carter won the 2012 Hard doubles title and was a semifinalist in singles. Bachmann was a singles finalist at the 2012 Hard and Clay. The fourth member of the team is Jimmy Parker (Santa Fe, NM). The Crawford Cup competition will take place in Austria.
 
Farzanegan and Van Nostrand have been named to the Bitsy Grant Cup team along with Lester Sack (New Orleans, LA) and Herm Ahlers (Las Vegas, NV). Farzanegan was also selected to be the playing captain of this team. Playing in his first year in the age division, he won the 75 Indoors over Sack. Van Nostrand was a finalist at the 2012 Clay and 2012 World Championships in Croatia, both in the 75s division. Van Nostrand has won nine individual world championship singles titles during his senior career. The Bitsy Grant Cup competition will take place in Prostejov, Czech Republic.
 
Young and Ginnard have been named to the Alice Marble Cup along with playing captain Tina Karwasky (Glendale, CA) and Martha Downing (Shingle Springs, CA). Young upset Ginnard at the 2013 60 Clay and won the bronze ball. Ginnard was a finalist in all four 60s nationals in 2012 and a finalist at the 2013 Hard and Grass. She teamed with Karwasky to win the "Gold Slam" in 60 doubles in 2012 (winning the 60 doubles at the Clay, Hard, Grass and Indoors) and the duo is on track to repeat this year, having won all but the upcoming Indoor title. Ginnard and Karwasky also won the 2012 60+ World Doubles title. The Alice Marble Cup will be contested in Klagenfurt, Austria.
 
Clay and Wachob were selected to the Kitty Godfree Cup team along with playing captain Brenda Carter (Charleston, SC) and Molly Hahn (Belmont, MA). Clay won the bronze at the 2012 and 2013 Clay. Wachob and Carter won the 2012 and 2013 Clay doubles title and the 2012 Indoor doubles title. Wachob reached the semis of the 2013 Clay. The Kitty Godfree Cup will take place in Prostejov, Czech Republic.
 
Fales is the top player on the USA Althea Gibson Cup team. She won the 2012 and 2013 Clay singles and doubles titles (with teammate Cathie Anderson, Del Mar, CA). Joining them on the team are Charleen Hillebrand (San Pedro, CA) and Susanne Clark (New City, NY), the playing captain. The Althea Gibson Cup competition will be played in Portschach, Austria.
 
Graham was named to the Queens Cup. She aged up to the 75s in 2013 and made an immediate impact when she reached the final of the Clay. She placed third in doubles at the Clay and won the Crawford Cup doubles title (both with Carol Wood, Rockville, MD). Her teammates are Roz King (San Diego, CA), Lyn Tietz (Oakbrook, IL), the playing captain, and Dorothy Matthiessen (Pasadena, CA). The Queens Cup will be played in Villach, Austria.
 
Kyvallos, Plante and Lutz will represent the USA on the Doris Hart Cup team along with Margaret Canby (San Antonio, TX). Kyvallos won the 2013 Clay doubles and 2012 Clay singles and doubles, and was a singles finalist at the 2012 Grass. Plante is having a stellar year in singles, which propelled her onto her first-ever Cup team at age 80. She was a singles finalist at the 2013 Grass and Clay and won the 2013 Clay doubles. Lutz had a solid year in the 80s in 2012, reaching the singles final of the Clay and in 2012 was a finalist at the 80 Hard in singles and doubles. She has simply dominated the 85s, dropping few games in winning the Clay and Grass singles titles. The Doris Hart Cup will take place in Villach, Austria.
 
To see the list of all USA Cup team members go to:
 
 

Tampa's Dadamo Wins US Open Tennis Qualifying Wildcard

 
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Jeff Dadamo
Tampa resident Jeff Dadamo and California's Mayo Hibi won the 2013 US Open National Playoffs -- Men's and Women's Singles Championships to earn wildcards into the 2013 US Open Qualifying Tournament. The Playoffs were held Aug. 16-19, 2013, in New Haven, Conn., in conjunction with the New Haven Open at Yale presented by First Niagara, the final Emirates Airline US Open Series women's event of the summer.
 
As the No. 1 seed, Hibi, 17, who represents Japan, but lives in Irvine, Calif., defeated No. 2 seed and 2013 US Open National Playoffs mixed doubles champion Nicole Melichar, of Stuart, Fla., 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 in the final to capture the women's title. Hibi is a standout junior, who peaked at No. 62 in the ITF World Junior Rankings in April after winning the 2013 Easter Bowl singles title and the USTA International Spring Championships in back-to-back weeks.
 
She also won two USTA Pro Circuit singles titles this year, including the $50,000 event in Sacramento, Calif., and she captured one additional title last year in Hilton Head Island, S.C. Hibi is ranked No. 262 in the WTA Rankings. She competed in qualifying at the 2012 US Open Junior Championships.
 
The top-seeded Dadamo, 24, defeated unseeded Matija Pecotic, of Bogota, N.J., 6-4, 6-4, in the men's final. A former NCAA champion and top collegiate player, Dadamo has moved his game to the pro level and been ranked as high as No. 480 in the world. He was the 2011 NCAA men's doubles champion at Texas A&M University with fellow Floridian Austin Krajicek before turning professional.
 
As a pro, he holds two USTA Pro Circuit doubles titles -- one in 2011 with Krajicek and one in 2012 with American Devin Britton. Dadamo is ranked No. 616 in the world and competed in men's doubles at the 2011 US Open as a wildcard team with Krajicek.
 
The 2013 US Open Qualifying Tournament is held this week at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., at the home of the US Open. Hibi will play Florida's Allie Kiick in the first round of qualifying and Dadamo will face Spain's Guillermo Olaso.
 
There were 950 men and women (649 men and 301 women) who competed in the fourth year of the US Open National Playoffs in singles, playing in one of 13 USTA Sectional Qualifying Tournaments held throughout the United States. The US Open National Playoffs are designed to bring the spirit of the US Open to cities and sections across the country, making the US Open eligible to anyone and everyone 14 and over with the passion to compete, regardless of playing ability or nationality.
 
The US Open Playoffs-Florida Section tournament was held this past May on the campus of Florida State University in Tallahassee.
 
The US Open National Playoffs Mixed Doubles Championship will take place in New Haven on Aug. 21-24, with the winning team earning a wildcard into the main draw of the 2013 US Open.
 
For updated scores and information go to http://usta.usopen.org/US-Open/us_open_national_playoffs.
 
 
 
 

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