The US team, captained by David Nash of of Bloomington, Minn., just completed playing in the 2013 Ted Avory Cup at the All-England Club in Wimbledon. This is the ninth Ted Avory Cup, played every other year between Great Britain and the United States and is hosted through the International Tennis Club of the United States.
The U.S. team as a whole won over 350 National Championships and a multitude of World Individual and Team Championships. This event follows the same dress code as Wimbledon as everything must be predominately white and shirts must be collared.
Here is Fred Drilling’s summary from across the pond…
First day at Wimbledon I practiced on court 3 which had an experimental way of putting the grass down. It was grown in a different part of the UK and shipped in in crates and applied to the court. Court was a bit sandy with high bounces and not a single bad bounce in 2 sets. The rest of the courts that we played on (14-19) were not so slow and had the occasional bad bounce. You didn’t want to stay back too long but it also was not easy to get to the net, and no serve and volleying at our age :-).
I played the first day on the celebrated court 18 (see picture), known as “Isner’s Court”. I lost 5&2 to who was ranked 2 in the world 70’s in 2011. I’d beaten him the previous 4 times but he was too tough on the grass. Jimmy Parker lost to Mark Cox in a 3rd set match tie-breaker. Cox played Wimbledon 16 times and played on the Center Court of Wimbledon 10 times. Jimmy and I then beat Cox and Nijeboer in the doubles in a 3rd set match tie-breaker 10-6.
Jimmy cramped up all night and couldn’t play the next day against Nijeboer; and I lost 4 and 2 to Cox, who was very tough on the grass. David Nash of the 65’s and Ted Hoehn on our 70 team played doubles and lost to Cox and Nijeboer in 3rd set tie-breaker.
In all there were about 16 matches that went to 3rd set breakers and the US lost all but 2 or 3 of them. US lost maybe 42-16. Lost track after getting so far behind:). Even Dan Waldman, World 55’s champ earlier this year, lost 3rd set breaker. Rick Leach, winner of a number of Wimbledon doubles titles, won all his matches in the 40’s I think.
All in all a very wonderful once in a lifetime experience and seeing players we’ve known for 50 years makes it especially great. As I think of things I’ve forgotten, I’ll try to send them out.
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