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’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).
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).
(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).
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).
(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).
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).
(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).
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).
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).
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).
Here’s some preview material, written before the tournament started.
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.
Former pros playing at Worlds (the Swiss 35s team is especially scary).
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.
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.