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WORLD CHAMPIONS: Depth is key to Von Cramm Cup Title

November 6, 2006 10:56 AM

Playing high pressure tennis, the U.S. Men’s 60 tennis team defeated Switzerland 2-1 to win its tenth International VON CRAMM CUP competition. The U.S. team was victorious earlier in the week in their “pool” play defeating Norway and Ireland by identical 3-0 scores. Those wins placed the team into the final 8 of the world’s best men’s 60 tennis teams for the International Tennis Federation’s Team Championship held at Antalya’s Ali Bay Tennis Club. Teams from 21 Countries were entered in this year’s competition.

Playing #1 Singles for the U.S. Michael Beautyman, of Flourtown, PA lost a hard fought battle 6-3,4-6,6-2. Hugh Thomson, Liburn, GA evened the match by winning the #2 Singles 6-3,6-2. In the deciding doubles match, Charlie Hoeveler, Ross, CA and Richard Johnson, Ballwin, MO crushed the Swiss 6-0,6-2 to clinch the Cup.

In the quarterfinals, the U.S. defeated a strong team from the Czech Republic 2-1.

The FRENCH were next in the semifinals and went down, also, by a 2-1 score. Having the depth to insert 2 fresh players in the match-deciding doubles was the key to victory.

The prestigious “VON CRAMM CUP” is an international tennis team competition, similar to Davis Cup, for men 60 years of age and older. The International Tennis Federation (ITF) sponsors it annually. This year’s victory marks the 3rd consecutive year to win the Cup and the 10th win in the 19 years that the Cup has been contested.




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