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;
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