December 4, 2021

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Canadians show well at ITF world senior championships

The ITF world senior championships wrapped up Saturday in Palm Beach Gardens and Boca Raton, Fla.

Next week is the individual event.

Here are the lineups and final results for Canada.

MEN

Italia Cup
(men’s 35-and-over – in Pool B with France and India. Results here)

(In the 8-14th playoff bracket, defeated Mexico 2-1 Saturday to finish 10th).

AHLBERG, Brian
POURREAUX, Philippe
CROSS, Cameron
MYLES, Jeremy

Tony Trabert Cup
(men’s 40s – in Pool F with the U.S. (ouch), Finland and Latvia. Results here)

(In the 8-14th playoff bracket, lost to Argentina 3-0 and finished 11th).

OXNER, Andrew
WOO, Ben
HEINE, Julien
SIMON, Rene

Dubler Cup
(men’s 45s – in Group C with the Netherlands and Norway. Results here)

(In the 17-24th bracket, defeated New Zealand 3-0 Saturday and finished 17th).

BROWN, Max
SERVANT, Claude
BLUM, Hannes
NIERFELD, Joachim

Fred Perry Cup
(men’s 50s – in Group D with the U.S. and Romania. Results here)

(In the 9-15th bracket, they lost to the Netherlands 3-0 Saturday and finished 12th).

BENNETTO, Murray
KIMOFF, Stephen
LORTIE, Michel
KRAUT, Oliver

Austria Cup
(men’s 55s – in Group B with Great Britain and Estonia. Results here).

(In the 8-14th bracket, they lost to the Netherlands 3-0 Saturday and finished 11th).

PICKEN, John
BETTAUER, Robert
WILLSON, Cary
VIAU, Richard

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WOMEN

Suzanne Lenglen Cup
(women’s 35s – in Pool A with Great Britain and Turkey. Results here).

(In the 5-8th bracket, they finished 7th after beating Finland Friday).

KOLROVIC, Renata
RONAN, Sophie
DOBSON WAHL, Teresa
BULLER, Sherry

Young Cup
(women’s 40s – in Pool D with the U.S., Estonia and Sweden. Results here).

(In the 9-12th bracket, they finished 9th after beating Mexico 2-1 on Friday).

BISHOP, Jennifer
FILYUS, Kateryna
KILBURN, Patricia
STUART, Shiera

 

Margaret Court Cup
(women’s 45s – in Pool A with France and Sweden. Results here)

(In the 9-12th bracket, they finished 11th by beating Turkey 3-0 on Friday).

FOUGHT, Susie
LYDON, Anne
LAU, Carol
SCHAICH, Roswitha

Maria Esther Bueno Cup
(women’s 50s – in Pool A with the U.S. and Mexico. Results here)

(In the 6-10th bracket, they lost to Argentina 2-0 Saturday and finished 7th – best among all the Canadian teams).

HANNAH TAYLOR, Alison
MANLEY, Mary
BOYNTON, Erin
LITTON, Cathy

Maureen Connolly Cup
(women’s 55s – in Pool B with Great Britain and Argentina. Results here)

(In the 9-12th playoff bracket, they swept Turkey 3-0 Friday to finish 11th).

CAMERON, Brenda
BÉRUBÉ, Madeleine
KARIS, Michelle
WILLS, Cora

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Here’s some preview material, written before the tournament started.

Canada's senior representatives get the same jackets the big guns get.
Canada’s senior representatives get the same jackets the big guns get.

The first week is country vs. country (you get boss jackets, just like the big kids in Fed Cup and Davis Cup wear – see right). The second week’s individual championships is a regular tournament draw.

Here are the Canadians competing in the various categories; the worlds are (at least until 2015) separated into two groups: the super-seniors (60-and-over and up), and the “regular” seniors, which is the 35-and-over to 55-and-over age categories, inclusively.

The teams with the best chance to do a little damage are the ladies’ 35s (with Renata Kolbovic, who played on the Tour, on that squad) and the men’s 55s, with former pros/Davis Cuppers Robert Bettauer and John Picken leading the way.

Bettauer, a former Davis Cup captain, was in Quebec City last weekend doing the colour commentary on the Fed Cup tie. While he was there, naturellement, your humble Open Court tried to keep him sharp on the tennis court.

For Canada, of course. 🙂  If it backires well, we plead the fifth. 🙂

A few things to read, if you’re interested in the world seniors.

Main setup piece from the ITF website.

Former pros playing at Worlds (the Swiss 35s team is especially scary).

Former Davis Cuppers Bettauer and Picken reunite to represent Canada again.

It’s a heck of a lot of fun, you meet tennis players from all over the world (actually, not virtually). And the tennis level is often scary – not just the former pros who play, but even the amateurs who make this effort a full-time job.

Here are then and now pics of the two (with Montrealer Sydney Azancot in the middle of the “now” pic). There’s a lot to be said about tennis as a sport for a lifetime, for those of you who haven’t picked up the game yet. Dudes look good.

John Picken on the left, Robert Bettauer on the right - then and now. Looking good.
John Picken on the left, Robert Bettauer on the right – then and now. Looking good. (Tennis Canada pics)

Florida is sort of a meh destination for North Americans (I mean, not exactly exotic, although no doubt the strong American contingent loves being at home). To give you an example, the 2015 worlds in Open Court’s age category will be in La Baule, France right after the French Open. In 2016, they will be held in Helsinki, Finland. We’ve played them in Manavgat, Turkey, Mallorca (Rafa’s ‘hood) and Durban, South Africa.

But the location (and the heavy, humid weather at that time of the year) is evened out by the fancy, swanky clubs they’re playing at. One of them, Ballenisles in Palm Beach Gardens, hosted the U.S. clay-court nationals last October and it’s understatement to say that these clubs are POSH.