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West Coast Reclaims 9th Annual Florida Cup Tennis Trophy

May 2, 2012 09:29 AM
Florida_Cup_logoThe 9th annual Florida Cup team tennis competition saw the West Coast reclaim the trophy from the East Coast, which last year had ended the West's seven-year-winning streak

Turning around a largest-ever margin loss last year, this year the West defeated the East 34-16 on April 28-29, 2012, at the Waldorf Astoria in Naples, Fla. The competition features men's age divisions from 35-80 in a Davis Cup team format.

"Play was suspended on Saturday because of rain with the West leading 16-11," said West competitor Larry Turville. "On Sunday with what looked like a full day of rain, the competition finished with the West winning 17 or the last 20 matches. Unfortunately for the East, some of their players left early thinking it was going to rain, some the 35's division had a wedding, and the 80's just didn't make at all for the East Coast. However, those who did play were many of the best players in Florida and competition was fierce. A new addition this year was that the tournament helped the Naples Christian Academy in a recycling campaign to raise funds."

Players sweeping their age division in both singles and doubles were Diego Brunicardi and Jonathan Goldfarb (East 35s), Andy Lake (East 40s), Roberto Saad and T.A. Niles (West 50s), Warren Eber and Peter Redpath (West 55s), Larry Turville (West 60s), Larry Albritton and Mike Melnick (West 65s), Elmer Mangrum and Gordon Hammes (West 75s), and the West 80s team which won all its matches by default.
 
The West won the doubles competition for the first time ever (6-4), and the teams combined to field 16 players who were first-time Cup participants. The Waldorf-Astoria Resort hosted the Cup for the first time, and the city of Naples for the seventh time overall.

In 2013 the Florida Cup will return to the East Coast of Florida, to be hosted at the PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens.

Florida Cup History 
  
2012 West d. East 34-16
2011 East d. West 35-15
2010 West d. East 28-22
2009 West d. East 26-24
2008 West d. East 31-19
2007 West d. East 30-20
2006 West d. East 29-21
2005 West d. East 27-19
2004 West d. East 22-18
 
 

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