Canada wasted no time notching its first big upset at the ITF Young Seniors World Team Championships in Cape Town, South Africa. The over-45 Canadian men served a 2-1 upset to the fourth-seeded Americans in the opening round of the Dubler Cup’s Group C action on Sunday.
Benjamin Woo secured the first rubber against Gerrit Disbergen 6-0, 6-4 before Woo’s compatriot Taras Beyko dispatched Eoin Collins of the United States 6-1, 6-1 to clinch the victory. Canada’s Dave Bell and Julien Heine fell to Collins and Dana Gill 6-3, 6-1 in the doubles rubber to finalize the first day’s score at 2-1. Canada’s Dubler Cup team next takes on India in more round-robin action on Tuesday.
In Italia Cup action, the over-35 Canadians recorded a 2-1 victory over Ireland on Sunday. Canada’s Philippe Pourreaux commanded an early lead between the two nations, with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Gary Kilduff. However, the Irish struck back, as David J. Mullins handed David Rowat a 6-4, 6-2 defeat in the second singles rubber. The Canadian pairing of Mathieu Giguere and Simon Tremblay-Larouche took the deciding doubles rubber 6-2, 7-6(4) against Robert Cherry and Justin Clarke to give Canada the win. The No. 7 seeds take on South Africa on Monday.
Canada’s over-45 women were also in action this weekend. They opened up their 2017 campaign for the Margaret Court Cup with a tough 3-0 loss to host nation South Africa. Deliana Matei of Canada and Marijke Nel dropped their singles rubbers before the South African duo of Ronel Pieterse and Annerie Wessels completed Sunday’s sweep. The Canadians look to rebound Monday when they take on No. 3 seeds Great Britain in more Group C play.
Canada’s Tony Trabert Cup fell to the fourth-seeded German team 2-1 on Sunday in the opening match of the tournament’s round-robin stage. The doubles team of Jason Christie and Cameron Cross produced Canada’s sole point of the day, after defeating Christian Fuchs and Ron Rohrig 6-0, 6-1. The over-40 men look to pick up their first win on Monday when they face the United States.
Canada’s Suzanne Lenglen Cup team plays its first match of the tournament on Monday. The over-35 women meet the Netherlands, the No. 3 seeds. The Dutch team is hot off a 2-1 win over the United States on Sunday.
The ITF Young Seniors World Championships is the biggest event on the international seniors circuit for male and female players in the age categories of 35-45. The team tournament began on Sunday, and runs from March 19-24 in Cape Town, South Africa to be followed by the individual world championships. For live scores and complete results, please visit the official tournament page and check back here for more coverage during the week.