Americans win five titles at

Super-Seniors Champs


McCarton Ackerman  |  October 6, 2015

ITF Super-Seniors World Championships


ITF Super-Seniors World Championships

The best senior players in the U.S. enjoyed another great week at the ITF Super-Seniors World Championships in Umag, Croatia, adding five individual titles to the three team titles the U.S. won the previous week.

In the Men’s 70 singles event, No. 7 seed Richard Johnson outlasted Petr Kolacek of Switzerland in a tight two-set final, 6-4, 7-6 (7). Joining Johnson in the winner's circle was Clem Hopp, who prevailed in the Men’s 85 singles draw with an upset victory over No. 1 seed Angelo Sala of Italy, 6-2, 6-2. Hopp defeated three of the four top seeds on his way to the title.

On the women’s side, Burnett Herrick (pictured above) took home two winner’s trophies. She first prevailed as the No. 3 seed in the Women’s 80 singles draw with an emphatic win in the final over South African Jackie Zylstra, 6-4, 6-2. ADVERTISEMENT Afterward, she teamed with fellow American Judith Smith as the No. 2 seeds to win the Women’s 80 doubles draw, easily prevailing in the championship match over No. 1 seeds Brigitte Jung of Germany and June Pearce of Great Britain, 6-1, 6-0.

The final title for Team USA came from Hugh Thomson, who teamed with Frances Maclennan of Great Britain in the Mixed 70 doubles draw, where they convincingly won the final over the all-British pairing of Phyllis Bentham and Norman Church, 6-4, 6-0.

At the ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships, also held in Umag, Team USA captured the Kitty Godfree Cup, the Queens Cup and the Doris Hart Cup. For a full recap of the team event, click here.


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