Four gold medals for Australia
Australia has won four gold medals in the doubles division at the ITF Super Seniors World Championships in Antalya, Turkey
Australia has won four gold medals in the doubles division at the ITF Super Seniors World Championships in Antalya, Turkey (16-22 October 2011).
The players who clinched gold included – Doug Corbett (Bronte, NSW), Andrew Rae (Mt Eliza, Vic), Max Bates (Eatons, Hill, QLD), Peter Froelich (Robina, Qld), Wendy Gilchrist (Miami, Qld) and Carol Campling (Newington, NSW).
Gilchrist and Campling defeated English duo Christine Lockhart and Marjory Love, 6-2, 6-0, to win the 60+ women’s doubles. The Australians used the court well and had the English ladies playing defensive tennis from the start.
In the 60+ men’s doubles, Rae and Bates defeated French pair Xavier Lemone and Bruno Renoult, taking the match 7-6, 6-4.
In the 75+ doubles, Alan Hocking (Tewantin, Qld) combined with Chuck Nelson (USA) and Peter Froelich (Robina, Qld) combined with King Van Nostrand (USA). However, Froelich and Nostrand proved too strong, winning 6-1 6-2.
In other doubles matches, Bob Howes (Highett, Vic) and Bruce Rehn (North Adelaide, SA) did battle against Giancarlo Mileski (Italy) and Peter Pokorny (Austria) in the 70+ men’s division. However, they were outplayed 6-0 6-0 by the talented Europeans.
Corbett got the closest of all Australian to winning a gold medal in the singles championships. After a set point was lost on a near-miss forehand drive in the first set, the Sydney-sider battled hard to level at a set all in the 85+ singles.
Down 2-5 in the third, Corbett rallied to 4-5 but was eventually beaten 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 by the very mobile and talented Angelo Sala of Italy.
In the Men’s 60’s comp, Victorian Andrew Rae was no match for Jorge Carmina-Borda (ESP) who played exceptional tennis to win in straight sets 6-0 6-1.
Please find below the final Australian results from the ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships in Antalya, Turkey (10-16 October 2011).
148 teams from 27 countries competed in 10 age categories from 60-and-over to 80-and-over.