The ITF Super Seniors World Team Championships wrapped up in Umag, Croatia on Sunday, with the Canadian women’s over-65 squad earning the country’s best final finish with an eighth-place result in the Kitty Godfree Cup competition.
After falling to Brazil 2-1 in the sixth to 10th place play-off semifinals, Canada beat Japan 2-1 to secure eighth place. Jean Martin gave Canada the 1-0 lead by defeating Yuri Kusunoki 6-0, 6-4 before Mary-Ann Gaskin secured her team the win with a 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Chisato Fujita. In the doubles, Japan got on the board as Kusunoki and Sachiko Oshio bested Canadians Coby Dommasch and Patricia McLachlan 6-4, 6-2.
The best men’s finish for team Canada was ninth in the over-70 Jack Crawford Cup. In the eighth to 14th place play-off, the Canadians advanced all the way to the final before losing 3-0 to Italy. Shaheer Mikhail fell to Gino Cerri 6-1, 6-0 while John Tibbits was ousted by Antonio Claudi 6-0, 3-6, 6-3. Ali Bacha and Jean Larose then lost 6-1, 6-3 to Aldo Carboni and Cerri in the doubles rubber.
Canada’s over-75 team won its play-off group to secure a 13th place finish. Horst Dammholz needed just one game to put his team on top over Switzerland, as his opponent Samuel Mathys retired down 0-1. The Swiss evened the tie back up as Hanspeter Born won over Canadian Guido Weber 4-6, 6-0, 6-1 before Gaston Blais and Rene Roptin won the deciding doubles to give Canada the victory and 13th-place result. The pair bested Born and Hans-Peter Girod 6-4, 1-6, 6-4.
In the men’s over-80 Gardnar Mulloy Cup draw, Canada ended in 10th place after falling to Great Britain 3-0 in the ninth to 13th place play-off final. The results in the final saw Tom Baron beat Morton Katz 6-2, 6-2, Ken Bate oust Kar Liang 6-1, 6-0, and John Draper and Gordon Oates eliminate Liang and Lorne Main 7-5, 0-3, ret.
Finally, the men’s over-65 team in the Brittania Cup competition ended in 12th place. After falling in the first round of the eighth to 14th place play-off, Canada ultimately beat Norway 3-0 then Finland 2-1 for 12th overall. Against Finland, Canadian Joe Forrayi won 6-0, 6-1 in the first rubber against Kari Saarela and Fernand Martin posted a 6-4, 6-1 victory opposite Tuomo Lahtinen to clinch the win for Canada. Finland then won the doubles to get on the board.
Next up in Umag will be the Super Seniors World Individual Championships, taking place next week. For the complete final draws and results for the ITF Super Seniors World Team Championships, please visit the ITF website.