Senior Team and Individual News Update
By Irwin Tobias, Manager, Seniors Tennis and Events, Tennis Canada
It has certainly been a busy time for our Canadian Senior World Teams who participated from August to October at the ITF Senior Teams Championships around the world.
The Canadian Senior teams (50-60) participated August 12-18 in Ulm, Germany. The competition was very strong with many European teams fielding solid teams. Canada’s best result was the 8th place finish of our Women’s Over 55 team that consisted of Anabelle Anderson, Susanna Sekely, Kelly Stobbe and Janice Hebert. The Super Senior teams (65-80) then took centre stage in Umag, Croatia, September 16-21. Our Women’s Over 80 team took home a bronze medal by finishing fourth in the Doris Hart Cup. Kudos to Inge Weber and her teammates Heather Kontaxopoulos, Ruth Neroutsos, and Heather Hill on a fine performance. Special mention to the following Canadian players for their placings in the Super Senior Individual World Championships: Inge Weber for winning the Women’s Over 80 doubles with Dorothy Wasser from the USA. Joyce Cutts for her finalist performance in the Women’s Over 85 doubles with Sabine Leflave from France. Rosie Asch for winning a bronze- medal triple. The never-aging phenome reached the semi-finals of the Women’s Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles Over 85 events, partnering with husband Bob Asch in the Over 85 Mixed doubles. And, finally the Young Seniors teams (35-45), held court in Miami Beach, Florida, October 21-26 at the Miami Beach and Flamingo Park tennis clubs. Our Women’s Over 35 team, who finished 5th and our Men’s Over 45 team who ended up 6th, led the way with best performances for Canada. Cristina Popescu, Leigh Bradwell, Anthea Poon and Ali Low competed for Canada on the Suzanne Lenglen team and Andrew Oxner, Julien Heine, Ben Woo and Joachim Nierfeld represented Canada on the Dubler Cup team. Canada also picked up three bronze medals in the Young Senior Individual Championships, with Henry Choi having a great run in the Men’s Over 35 singles, losing to Romano Frantzen from the Netherlands in a third set tiebreaker. Anna Iglewski and Kateryna Filyus also picked up bronze medals, respectively in the Women’s Over 40 and 45 doubles events. Congratulations to all the BC players and all of Team Canada on an outstanding international performance this season!