Canada will be well represented at the ITF Young Seniors World Championship in Umag, Croatia from May 1-5. Some of the country’s best young seniors are in the coastal city to compete in the men and women’s team championships in the 35 and over, over-40, and 45 and over age categories. The individual championships will follow on May 7.
A total of 109 teams from 30 different countries make up the competition in Umag, and the field consists of many former and a few current professional players. However, one member of Canada’s Young Cup team (women aged 40 and over) boasts impressive WTA experience of her own.
Maureen Drake reached a career-high of world No. 47 in the WTA singles rankings in September of 1999. After a four-year hiatus, she returned to professional competition in 2014 and still competes in some pro events. She will represent Canada in both the team and individual tournaments at the world championships and is joined by returning Young Cup team member Jennifer Bishop and newcomer Paula Myslivecek.
Taras Beyko headlines the men’s over-45 Dubler Cup team and looks to improve on his run in last year’s individual competition, which saw the world No. 7 and former world champion fall in the fourth round to Christophe Tjijs of Belgium. Returning from last year’s team is Hannes Blum, who won both of the two matches he played in 2015. Joachim Nierfeld and Jean Francois Mathieu round out the experienced squad.
Competing for Canada in the Margaret Court Cup are Lucie Lean, Deliana Matei, Rosie Schaich, and returning member Anne Lydon in the 45-and-up age category. Lydon currently holds the western indoor national title in her age group from last year.
Representing the country in the over-40 Tony Trabert Cup is the 2015 Steve Stevens senior national men’s singles champion for his age group, Olivier Borlee, along with runner-up Andrew Oxner, this year’s eastern indoors champion Ben Woo, and returning member Steve Deakin.
Philippe Pourreaux returns for another year on Canada’s Italia Cup team for men aged 35 and over. He won last year’s national outdoor championship for his age group in men’s doubles. National outdoor singles champion Simon Tremblay-Larouche as well as Mathieu Giguere, and Dave Rowat will also join the Italia Cup team in Croatia.
The women’s over-35 Suzanne Lenglen Cup group features the 2015 senior outdoor singles national champion,Christina Popescu, the reigning outdoor doubles champion Liana Marr, as well as Virginie Villani and Leigh Bradwell.
To follow along with the draws and results of the world team championships, please visit the ITF Seniors website.