Paulo Roberto(BRA) & Ennio Lopes Moreira (BRA)
PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL: The ITF Seniors Internacional de Porto Alegre took place from 12-17 November in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The ITF Seniors Circuit Grade 1 event attracted many top ranked players fighting to end the year in the top ten rankings.
In addition to over 300 players from 16 different countries taking part, the sun and settings provided the perfect ingredients for a successful tournament.
In the men’s 35s, the final saw Brazilian’s Grobocopatel Marcio and Fulvio Meira Dinech Fagundes compete for the title. Marcio proved the stronger player and eased to a 63 60 win.
The men’s 40s saw Clayvert Gusmao (BRA) return as title holder of the 2011 men’s 35s age category. He was to progress to the final as number one seed, without dropping a set. Unseeded Walmir Bandeira (BRA) and 2011 runner up had a harder fight to reach the final having to beat the number fourth seed on the way. Gusmao took the first set convincingly 62 with Bandeira being forced to retire in the second set at 02. This win also moved Gusmao to fourth in the world.
Current world number two added the men’s 60s title to his other six in 2012 including the European Senior Championships, Tournoi Seniors Plus Menton and 55th European Senior Open for Super Seniors.
The men’s 70s saw a repeat of the 2011 final however 2011 runner up Ilio Linhares Dos Santos (BRA) was to take the title off Klaus-Juergen Klein (GER) with a very close three set match 62 57 62
American John Powless maintained his current world number one ranking after taking the title in the men’s 80s.
The women’s 40s saw current world number three, Bulgarian Tzvetelina Nikolova take on current world number four, Monica Yanagi (BRA). Nikolova was to take the title in two sets 64 75.
Laura De Viorris took the women’s 50s title after beating Dulce Maria Botto De Barros (BRA) 57 75 76(6).
Rosangela Fritelli was to go one step further than in 2011 to take the women’s 55s title, whilst Vera Klingensteiner retained her 2011 title.
Current world number two Sylvia Galford-Kirsten (FRA) added the women’s 65s title to her many other titles in 2012 including Adriatic International Seniors Championships, 36th International Seniors Tennis Championships of Hungary and Torneo Internacional San Isidro.
The final women’s singles event of the tournament saw current world number two Nanda Fischer (GER) take the women’s 70s title.
In addition, players were also invited to participate in the doubles events which were available for all age categories.