October 12th, 2014
Floridians Compete in Turkey in Senior Davis and Fed Cup
Fred Farzanegan (Tampa), King Van Nostrand (Vero Beach), Carol Clay (Fort Lauderdale), Ria Graham (New Port Richey), Jane Lutz (Sarasota) and Rose Austin (Naples) are all in Turkey competing in the ITF Super Senior World Team Championships. They are representing the USA in this prestigious event.
Today was a busy one. Team photos were taken at 8am; captains’ meetings started at 11 am and finished at 2:30 pm and the opening ceremonies were held.
The draws were done as well as the seeding at the captains’ meetings. Ten teams are competing here; Floridians are on five of them. All the draws can be found here.
Monday through Wednesday teams play round robins, similar to the format used in World Cup soccer. After the round robin play is concluded, the knockout portion of the competition begins. The group each USA team is in is listed below. That’s where you will find results from the first three days of play. The top seed in a group of 3 players will not play till Tuesday.
Farzanegan is the captain of the Bitsy Grant Cup team. The USA is ranked #1 but not seeded #1 due to the loss of their top player. You can see the draws here: Bitsy Grant Cup (M75) (USA in Group C )
Here is a list of all USA players in Turkey: Click here.
Van Nostrand is a member of the Gardnar Mulloy Cup team. The USA is seeded #1 and has a very strong team. King is the top player on this team. You can find the draws here: Gardnar Mulloy Cup (M80) (USA in Group A )
Clay is a member of the Kitty Godfree Cup team which is seeded #2. The draws can be found here: Kitty Godfree Cup (W65) (USA in Group B)
Graham is a member of the Queens Cup team which is seeded #1 and is quite strong. The draws can be found here: Queens’ Cup (W75) (USA in Group A)
Austin and Lutz are members of the bad luck bears team, the Doris Hart Cup. The USA is seeded #3, but was weakened considerably when their #1 player Mary John Lynch of Texas injured her hand in a freak accident on the way to Turkey. She reached under the seat in front of her and there was a sharp metal piece protruding, she cut her hand and cannot play this week. Here are the draws: Doris Hart Cup (W80) (USA inGroup B)
USA Team Photo and Photo of Florida Players in Turkey