Tennis Super-Seniors get better with age

South African Super Seniors at the opening ceremony of the 2015 Super-Seniors World Individual Championships held in Umag, Croatia.
South African Super Seniors at the opening ceremony of the 2015 Super-Seniors World Individual Championships held in Umag, Croatia.

Umag, Croatia – South Africa performed well at the ITF Seniors and Super-Seniors World Individual Championships played in Umag, Croatia over the past two weeks.

Both tournaments are the premier events on the ITF Seniors Circuit.

This year over 470 players from 37 countries competing in singles, doubles and mixed doubles across five age categories from 65-and-over to 85-and-over took part.

South Africa took home two Gold, a silver and five bronze medals.

Petro Kruger  together with British partner Frances MacLennan beat Jacqueline Boothman (Great Britain)/Ellie Krocke (Netherlands) 3-6 6-3 [10-5] in the Women’s Doubles 70 and over to win Gold. The second Gold for South Africa came from Derek Lawer in the Men’s Doubles 80 and over category. Lawer partnered Michael Van Berckel of the Netherlands to beat the German duo of Wilfried Mahler and Guenter Schwellnus 6-3 6-4 in that final.

The Silver came from Jackie Zylstra who lost in the finals of the Women’s 80 and over singles to Burnett Herrick of the USA 4-6 2-6.

South Africa’s five Bronze medals were won by Petro Kruger women’s 70 and over singles, doubles partners Peter Carter & Daan Spengler in the mens doubles 65 and over and Jackie Zylsta and Francois van der Merwe in the mixed doubles 80 and over.

The final results are as follows;

Final results

Men’s 65 Singles

Bruno Renoult (FRA) d. Jorge Camina Borda (ESP) 6-1 6-3

Men’s 65 Doubles

Max Bates/Ramon Funtera (AUS) d. Kasper Rud/Frans Norby (DEN) 6-3 3-6 [10-5]

Women’s 65 Singles

Heidi Eisterlehner (GER) d. Sylvia Bauwens (GER) 6-4 6-2

Women’s 65 Doubles

Adrienne Avis/Helen Worland (AUS) d. Kerry Ballard (AUS)/Shirley Fox (GBR) 6-4 6-4

Mixed 65 Doubles

Adrienne Avis (AUS)/Bruno Renoult (FRA) d. Helen Worland/Max Bates (AUS) 6-3 6-3

Men’s 70 Singles

Richard Johnson (USA) d. Petr Kolacek (SUI) 6-4 7-6 (9)

Men’s 70 Doubles

Giancarlo Milesi/Giancarlo Ranghi (ITA) d. Petr Kolacek (SUI)/Johannes Muehlenburg (AUT) 4-6 7-6 (5) [10-5]

Women’s 70 Singles

Gail Benedetti (FRA) d. Ellie Krocke (NED) 6-0 6-4

Women’s 70 Doubles

Petro Kruger (RSA)/Frances MacLennan (GBR) d. Jacqueline Boothman (GBR)/Ellie Krocke (NED) 3-6 6-3 [10-5]

Mixed 70 Doubles

Frances MacLennnan (GBR)/Hugh Thomson (USA) d. Phyllis Bentham/Norman Church (GBR) 6-4 6-0

Men’s 75 Singles

Peter Pokorny (AUT) d. Jaime Rene Pinto Bravo (CHI) 6-1 6-1

Men’s 75 Doubles

Peter Pokorny (AUT)/Giorgio Rohrich (ITA) d. Don Biddle/Michael Parslow (AUS) 6-0 6-0

Women’s 75 Singles

Marie Jose Montagne (FRA) d. Nanda Fischer (GER) 0-6 6-4 6-1

Women’s 75 Doubles

Joan Hassell/Jean Porter (GBR) d. Nola Collins (AUS)/Nanda Fischer (GER) 6-1 2-0 ret.

 

Mixed 75 Doubles

Jill Taylor (AUS)/Peter Pokorny (AUT) d. Nola Collins/Don Biddle (AUS) 7-6 (2) 6-3

Men’s 80 Singles

Gerhard Coldewey (GER) d. Michael Van Berckel (NED) 4-6 6-2 [10-4]

Men’s 80 Doubles

Derek Lawer (RSA)/Michael Van Berckel (NED) d. Wilfried Mahler/Guenter Schwellnus (GER) 6-3 6-4

Women’s 80 Singles

Burnett Herrick (USA) d. Jackie Zylstra (RSA) 6-4 6-2

Women’s 80 Doubles

Burnett Herrick/Judy Smith (USA) d. Brigitte Jung (GER)/June Pearce (GBR) 6-1 6-0

Mixed 80 Doubles

Elena Mikola (HUN)/Claude Wenzel (AUS) d. Ann Fotheringham/Max Byrne (AUS) 6-4 6-1

Men’s 85 Singles

Clem Hopp (USA) d. Angelo Sala (ITA) 6-2 6-2

Men’s 85 Doubles

John Draper/Leonard Lawrence (GBR) d. Adrian Alle (AUS)/Vladimir Rubtsov (RUS) 6-0 6-0

Women’s 85 Singles

Rosemarie Asch (CAN) d. Monique Giffard (FRA) 6-0 6-1

Women’s 85 Doubles

Rosemary Asch (CAN)/Erzsebet Szentirmay (HUN) d. Marlies Jennis (GER)/Marj Niccol (AUS) 6-0 6-0

Mixed 85 Doubles

Rosemarie Asch/Lorne Main (CAN) d. Erzsebet Szentirmay (HUN)/Angelo Sala (ITA) 6-2 6-4