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Floridians on All 3 Winning Teams at ITF Super-Seniors

October 20, 2014 08:47 PM
Florida's Carol Clay (left) and the champion U.S. women's 65 & over team
Florida players were members of all three winning cup teams at the 34th International Tennis Federation (ITF) Super-Seniors World Team Championships, held Oct. 13-18, 2014 in Antalya, Turkey. 

The tournament is the senior tennis equivalent of the Davis Cup and Fed Cup competitions, and this year consisted of 156 teams from 30 countries competing in 10 age categories, from 60-and-over to 80-and-over.
The U.S. won titles in the men's Gardnar Mulloy Cup, and in the women's Kitty Godfree Cup and Queens' Cup events. The Americans also had runner-up showings in the men's Von Cramm Cup and the women's Alice Marble Cup competitions.
The U.S. team win in the Gardnar Malloy Cup (Men's 80) was its fourth consecutive. The U.S. team of John Powless, Florida's King Van Nostrand, Neil Hurlbut and George McCabe won all three matches against their German opponents, losing only 10 games in the final.
U.S. women likewise continued their dominance in the Queens' Cup (Women's 75) by retaining the Cup for the fifth consecutive year. Roz King and Doris de Vries led the team, which included Florida's Ria Graham, to victory.
In each of the last two years, the U.S. women's team has finished runners-up to France for the Kitty Godfree Cup (Women's 65), but this year defeated the French team seeking its fourth consecutive title, 3-0. Brenda Carter and Martha Downing each won their singles matches while Florida's Carol Clay and Kathleen Bennett won in a walkover in the doubles.
Following the ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships, the World Individual Championships are being played Oct. 19-26.
Below is a list of the players representing the U.S. at the 2014 ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships and the final team finishes:

Gardnar Mulloy Cup -- Men's 80 & over
(USA def. Germany 3-0) -- Result: Champion

1. King Van Nostrand, Vero Beach, Fla.
2. John Powless, Madison, Wis.
3. Neil Hurlbut, Big Canoe, Ga.
4. George McCabe, Oxford, Ohio Captain

Kitty Godfree Cup -- Women's 65 & over
(USA def. France 3-0) -- Result: Champion

1. Martha Downing, Shingle Springs, Calif.
2. Brenda Carter, Charleston, S.C., Captain
3. Carol Clay, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
4. Kathy Bennett, Laguna Woods, Calif.

Queens' Cup -- Women's 75 & over
(USA def. Germany 3-0) -- Result: Champion

1. Doris de Vries, Rancho Mirage, Calif., Captain
2. Roz King, San Diego
3. Burnette Herrick, Tarboro, N.C.,
4. Ria Graham, New Port Richey, Fla.
Von Cramm Cup -- Men's 60 & over
(France def. USA 2-1) -- Result: Runner-up

1.  Mark Meyers, Houston
2.  Geoff Cykman, San Francisco
3.  Tony Dawson, Austin, Texas
4.  Tom Smith, Alpharetta, Ga., Captain

Alice Marble Cup -- Women's 60 & over
(Great Britain def. USA 2-1) -- Result: Runner-up

1. Tina Karwasky, Glendale, Calif., Captain
2. Sherri Bronson, Scottsdale, Ariz.
3. Rita Giles, Falls Church, Va.
4. Sue Bramlette, Houston
Britannia Cup -- Men's 65 & over
(USA def. France 2-1) -- Result: Third Place

1.   Brian Cheney, Chandler, Ariz., Captain
2.   Les Buck, Ashville, N.C.
3.   Mike Dahm, Dayton, Ohio
4.   Armistead Neely, Atlanta

Althea Gibson Cup -- Women's 70 & over
(Great Britain def. USA 2-1) -- Result: Third Place

1. Charleen Hillebrand, Harbor City, Calif.
2. Cathie Anderson, Del Mar, Calif., Captain
3. Suella Steel, La Jolla, Calif.
4. Lee Delfausse, Concord, N.H.

Doris Hart Cup -- Women's 80 & over
(Australia def. USA 2-1) -- Result: Fourth Place

1. Mary John Lynch, Rockport, Texas
2. Margaret Canby, San Antonio, Texas, Captain
3. Doris "Jane" Lutz, Sarasota, Fla.
4. Rose Austin, Naples, Fla.
Jack Crawford Cup -- Men's 70 & over
(Australia def. USA 2-1) -- Result: Fifth Place

1. Jack Metalsky, Manhattan Beach, Calif.
2. Jody Rush, Tumwater, Wash., Captain
3. Donald Long, Rochester, N.Y.
4. Dean Corley, Aliso Viejo, Calif.
Bitsy Grant Cup -- Men's 75 & over
(USA def. Norway 2-1) -- Result: Seventh Place

1. Lester Sack, New Orleans, La.
2. Fred Farzanegan, Tampa, Fla., Captain
3. Robert Quall, Merced, Calif.
4. Jerald Hayes, Westfield, Ind.

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