Photo: Paul ZimmerWinning 2011 Von Cramm Cup Medal
ANTALYA, TURKEY: The remaining three team cups in the Super-Seniors World Team Championships were decided today with the USA winning two cups to end up with seven titles in total.. Held over to Sunday because of bad weather earlier in the week, the finals took place in front of a sizeable crowd at Club Ali Bey Manavgat in Antalya, Turkey. Italy won the M70 Jack Crawford Cup and the USA M60 Von Cramm and M80 Gardnar Mulloy Cup. The World Individual Championships also began today with first round matches in the Men’s 60 and 65 age categories.
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Von Cramm Cup
1. USA 2. Australia 3. Spain
Defending champions USA met fourth seeds Australia in today’s final on centre court. The first rubber saw Brian Cheney (USA) face Ray Bray (AUS). On paper it should have been an easy victory for Cheney, but Bray fought hard and it took Cheney three sets and three hours to secure a 46 62 64 victory.
The second rubber saw one of the most eagerly awaited matches of the week, with defending world champion in this age category Larry Turville (USA) facing Andrew Rae (AUS). It is Rae’s first year in this age category and he has enjoyed considerable success in younger age categories on the ITF Senior Circuit. The match drew a large crowd on centre court and was of high quality. Turville struggled early on and never found his rhythm with Rae dominating the rallies from the baseline. The Australian romped to 62 61 victory and sent the tie into the deciding doubles.
The USA pair of Tony Dawson and Paul Wulf were unbeaten as a pair all week and they were in no mood to let that record slip. They were dominant from the off and eased to a 64 62 victory to take to the Von Cramm Cup for the second succesive year. Spain beat France to seal third place.
Jack Crawford Cup
1. Italy 2. Austria 3. Great Britain
Top seeds Austria faced second seeds Italy in a repeat of last year’s final. The Italians were looking to avenge last year’s defeat but faced a tall order against an Austrian side led by world number one Peter Pokorny. In the first rubber Giorgio Enio Rohrich (ITA) continued his good form, defeating Peter Kruck (AUT) 62 61, to maintain his unbeaten record and give Italy the lead. Next saw a match of high quality as Pokorny faced Giancarlo Milesi (ITA). A large crowd gathered to witness Milesi take the first set and gain a 4-0 lead in the second. However Pokorny used all of his experience to fight back, but at 6-5 Pokorny’s resistance was broken and Milesi sealed a 62 75 victory. Great Britain secured an excellent 2-1 victory over the USA to finish third.
Gardnar Mulloy Cup
1. USA 2. France 3. Canada
Today saw the final match in the 1st-3rd place playoff with the USA needing to win just one rubber to claim the title. With world number one Lorne Main scheduled to play the second rubber for the Canadians the pressure was on George McCacbe (USA) who faced Roland Dulac (CAN) in the opening rubber. McCabe did not disappoint with an emphatic 61 61 victory. Lorne Main won the second singles with Russell Seymour retiring at a set and 2-1 down. The American doubles pair of John Bradshaw and Melvin Lewis ensured they won the tie in style, with a 63 63 victory in the deciding doubles.