Double delight for USA in World Team Cup Wheelchair Tennis


United States of America completed a double after snuffing out the challenge of Japan by 2-1 in the Quad’s World Group final in the 2015 BNP Paribas World Team Cup Wheelchair Tennis at Club Ali Bey Manavgat here today.

It was Japan who forged ahead through Shota Kawano gave Japan 1-0 lead by defeating Nick Taylor (USA) in straight sets 6-4 6-0. However, the lead short-lived as David Wagner dropped just one game (6-0, 6-1) against Mitsuteru Moroishi.

David Wagner and Nick Taylor played with good understanding against Japanse duo of Shota Kawano and Mitsutery Moroishi before winning by 6-2 6-4 to clinch USA’s ninth quad title.

On Friday, USA had lifted the junior event at the expense of Netherlands by 2-0 in the final.

Thailand defeated USA by 2-1 in the Women’s Wrold Group classification match for fifth and sixth positions.

USA obtained 11th spot after beating Poland by 2-0 in the classification match in the Men’s World Group.Spain emerged winners in the men’s World Group II by beating South Africa by 2-1.

Tomorrow France and Great Britain will compete in the final for the men’s world group.

Results: Quad’s World Group – Final

USA (1) bt JAPAN 2-1 (Shota Kawano (JPN) d. Nick Taylor (USA) 6-4 6-0, David Wagner (USA) d. Mitsuteru Moroishi (JPN) 6-0 6-1, Nick Taylor/David Wagner (USA) d. Shota Kawano/Mitsutery Moroishi (JPN) 6-2 6-4)

Quad’s World Group – Position 3-4

ISRAEL bt ITALY 3-0 (Itay Erenlib (ISR) d. Marco Innocenti (ITA) 6-4 6-0, Shraga Weinberg (ISR) d. Alberto Corradi (ITA) 6-3 1-6 6-3, Itay Erenlib/Haim Lev (ISR) d. Alberto Corradi/Marco Innocenti (ITA) 6-1 6-2).

Men’s World Group II – Final

SPAIN (3) bt SOUTH AFRICA (2) 2-1 (Martin de la Puente (ESP) d. Leon Els (RSA) 6-2 7-6(4), Evans Maripa (RSA) d. Daniel Caverzaschi (ESP) 6-3 6-2, Daniel Caverzaschi/Roberto Chamizo (ESP) d. Evans Maripa/Marshall Marsh (RSA) 6-4 6-0). Men’s World Group II – Position 3-4

MALAYSIA (4) bt THAILAND 2-0 (Ariffahmi Zaquan (MAS) d. Wittaya Peem-Mee (THA) 7-5 2-6 7-6(8), Abu Samah Borhan (MAS) d. Suthi Klongrhau (THA) 6-3 6-2, Ariffahmi Zaquan Ariffin/Abu Samah Borhan (MAS) v Suthi Klongrhau/Wittaya Peem-Mee (THA) not played).

Men’s World Group – Position 5-6

SWEDEN bt BELGIUM 2-1 (Peter Vikstrom (SWE) d. Gert Vos (BEL) 6-3 6-0, Joachim Gerard (BEL) d. Stefan Olsson (SWE) 6-7(5) 7-5 6-1, Stefan Olsson/Peter Vikstrom (SWE) d. Joachim Gerard/Gert Vos (BEL) 6-2 2-6 [10-2].

Men’s World Group – Position 7-8

NETHERLANDS bt AUSTRIA 3-0 (Ricky Molier (NED) d. Josef Riegler (AUT) 6-3 6-2, Maikel Scheffers (NED) d. Martin Legner (AUT) 6-0 6-1, Ricky Molier/Maikel Scheffers (NED) d. Martin Legner/Josef Riegler (AUT) 6-4 6-1).

Men’s World Group – Position 9-10

KOREA bt ARGENTINA 2-1 (Ho-Won Im (KOR) d. Gustavo Ibanez (ARG) 6-1 6-0, Gustavo Fernandez (ARG) d. Sang-Ho Oh (KOR) 6-1 6-1, Ho-Won Im/Ha-Gel Lee (KOR) d. Ezequiel Casco/Gustavo Fernandez (ARG) 6-3 6-2).

Men’s World Group – Position 11-12

USA bt POLAND 2-0 (Steve Baldwin (USA) d. Piotr Jaroszewski (POL) 6-1 6-2, Jon Rydberg (USA) d. Kamil Fabisiak (POL) 6-3 6-3, Hunter Groce/Jon Rydberg (USA) v Kamil Fabisiak/Piotr Jaroszewski (POL) not played).

Women’s World Group – Position 5-6

THAILAND bt USA 2-1 (Kaitlyn Verfuerth (USA) d. Wanitha Inthanin (THA) 6-3 6-0, Sakhon Khanthasit (THA) d. Emmy Kaiser (USA) 2-6 7-6(5) 6-2, WanithaInthanin/Sakhon Khanthasit (THA) d. Dana Mathewson/Kaitlyn Verfuerth (USA) 6-3 6-3).

Women’s World Group – Position 7-8

FRANCE bt SOUTH AFRICA 2-1 (Mariska Venter (RSA) d. Emilie Chene (FRA) 2-6 7-5 6-2, Charlotte Famin (FRA) d. Kgothatso Montjane (RSA) 6-3 7-5, Charlotte Famin/Emmanuelle Morch (FRA) d. Thondalwethu Hlatshwayo/Mariska Venter (RSA) 6-2 6-1).

Women’s World Group – Position 9-10

CHILE bt AUSTRALIA 2-0 (Macarena Cabrillana (CHI) d. Luba Josevski (AUS) 6-0 6-1, Francisca Mardones (CHI) d. Sarah Calati (AUS) 6-2 5-7 6-1, Macarena Cabrillana/Francisca Mardones (CHI) v Sarah Calati/Luba Josevski (AUS) not played).

Women’s World Group – Position 11-12

COLOMBIA bt TURKEY 2-1 (Angelica Bernal (COL) d. Julide Yildiz (TUR) 6-0 6-0, Bursa Un (TUR) d. Johana Martinez Vega (COL) 5-7 7-5 6-3, Angelica Bernal/Johana Martinez (COL) d. Busra Un/Julide Yildiz (TUR) 6-2 6-3).


Three days of free water safety classes at Indy Parks pools



Free 30-minute water safety classes will be offered by trained lifeguard staff from June 10 to 12 at Indy Parks Pools through the “Make-A-Splash” program. Indy Parks and the USA Swimming Foundation are partnering to educate children and their families on the importance of safe water practices in pools and around open water.

“Make- A-Splash” is an introductory water safety program, with each day presenting a different topic. Indy Parks is making this free program available at 18 sites throughout the city!

According to Indy Parks and Recreatiion press releasde, participants can then stay, swim and enjoy the remainder of each day for free at that Indy Park pool.

The presentation will begin at 11 a.m. each of the three days at these pools:

Broad Ripple Park 327-7333 1450 Broad Ripple Avenue.

Eagle Creek Park 327-7132 7602 Eagle Beach Drive (Open Water).

Ellenberger Park 327-7176 5301 E. St. Clair Street.

Garfield Park 327-7327 2345 Pagoda Drive.

Martin Luther King Jr. Park 327-7332 1701 Broadway Street.

Northwestway Park 327-7341 5253 W. 62nd Street.

Perry Park 889-0825 451 E. Stop 11 Road.

Sahm Park 849-2227 6801 E. 91st Street.

The presentation will begin at noon each of the three days at these pools:

Bethel Park 327-7480 2850 Bethel Avenue.

Brookside Park 327-7331 3510 Brookside Pkwy. S. Drive.

Gustafson Park 327-7334 3110 Moeller Road.

Indy Island 862-6876 8575 E. Raymond Street.

Krannert Park 327-7389 605 S. High School Road.

Riverside Park 327-7272 2420 E. Riverside Drive.

Thatcher Park 327-7390 4649 W. Vermont Street..

Willard Park 327-7330 1700 E. Washington Street.

The presentation will begin at 1 p.m. each of the three days at these pools:

Rhodius Park 327-7328 1720 W. Wilkins Street..

Douglass Park 327-7325 2759 Andrew J. Brown Avenue.

The 2015 Open Pool schedule can be found at

Drowning is the 9th leading cause of death in children age 14 and under. Learning to swim significantly reduces the risk of drowning. Whether or not you plan to head to a pool, water is all around us – in rivers, lakes, drainage ditches, even large puddles. Equip your child with this life skill and you’ll also be giving him/her access to all the fun and fitness the water can provide.

Indy Parks Aquatics recommends taking these steps to be safer around the water: Learn to swim, no matter your age.

– Follow posted pool rules, and respect lifeguards’ directions.

– Never swim alone. Use the buddy system and choose locations with certified lifeguards whenever possible.

– Do not bring a sick child to the pool. Remind children to not ingest pool water and to take regular bathroom.

breaks, always washing hands afterward.

– Wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket if you are a non-swimmer or out in an open body of water.

– If someone in the water is in trouble, “reach, throw, but don’t go.”

– Never leave children unattended.

Indy Parks encourages you and your children to learn to swim this summer. Indy Parks offers very reasonably priced group and private swimming lessons for children and adults. Qualifying financial aid is even available for swimming lessons. For more information, call (317) 327-PARK or visit

Parent and Me (Ages 6 months – 3 years).

This class is for parent and child to start discovering water and proper development of water skills and safety. Parents will help guide children into learning the fundamentals of swimming.

$45 for 8 classes.

Pre-School Learn to Swim (Ages 3 – 6 years).

This swim lesson program is based on the fundamentals of learning to swim while having fun. Children will be evaluated the first class and placed in the appropriate level.

$45 for 8 classes.

Youth Learn to Swim (Ages 5 – 14 years)

This program is designed for children to learn the fundamentals of swimming and water safety skills. Classes are taught by certified instructors to ensure proper stroke development and safety.

$65 for 8 classes.

Private Swim Lessons (All ages)

One-on-one lessons are scheduled at your convenience with one of Indy Parks’ five-star lifeguards! To schedule private lessons at one of Indy Parks’ indoor or outdoor pools call 327-PARK.

$75 for 5 lessons

Indy Parks Swim Team (Ages 6 – 16 years)

Take your swimmer to the next level and join one of the Indy Parks swim teams. Once your swimmer can complete 25 yards, let us help build up their endurance, self-esteem, coordination and self-discipline. Our swim team program is focused on fun and sportsmanship, while learning how to set personal goals and teambuilding. Practice times vary by facility, but everyone is scheduled for 2 hours of practice per week. Meets will be held on the second Saturday of the month. Questions? Contact your park directly or call 327-PARK.

$75 first child.

$50 additional children – same family.

USA Junior and Quad teams in finals of World Team Cup Wheelchair Tennis


United States of America entered the Junior and Quad finals in the 2015 BNP Paribas World Team Cup Wheelchair Tennis event at the Club Ali Bey Manavgat here today.

In the Junior event semi-finals, USA got the better of Russia by 2-1and set up a clash for title with Netherlands who ousted Argentina by 3-0.

In the Quad event semi-finals USA blanked Italy by 3-0 and will next meet Japan in the final. Japan prevailed over Israel by 2-1 in the second semi-final match.

Netherlands will play Japan in the final of the women’s World Group on Friday. Spain play South Africa in the final of men’s World Group II.

In men’s World Group II semi-finals, Spain edged out Thailand by 2-1 and South Africa beat Malaysia by an identical 2-1 margin.



Pool A: GREAT BRITAIN bt BELGIUM 3-0 (Alfie Hewett (GBR) d. Gert Vos (BEL) 6-2 6-0, Gordon Reid (GBR) d. Joachim Gerard (BEL) 2-6 6-3 7-6(3), Marc McCarrol/Dave Phillipson (GBR) d. Joachim Gerard/ Gert Vos (BEL) 6-4 6-4.

Pool B: FRANCE bt NETHERLANDS 2-1 (Michael Jeremiasz (FRA) d. Ricky Molier (NED) 6-2 4-6 6-2, Nicolas Peifer (FRA) d. Maikel Scheffers (NED) 6-3 0-6 6-4, Rody de Bie/Maikel Scheffers (NED) d. Frederique Cattaneo/Nicolas Peifer (FRA) 6-3 6-2).

Pool C: AUSTRALIA bt SWEDEN 2-1 (Ben Weekes (AUS) d. Peter Vikstrom (SWE) 6-3 7-5, Adam Kellerman (AUS) d. Stefan Olsson (SWE) 6-4 0-6 6-4, Peter Vikstrom /Dan Wallin (SWE) d. Ben Weekes/Keegan Oh Chee (AUS) 6-4 6-3).

Pool D: JAPAN bt AUSTRIA 3-0 (Satoshi Saida (JPN) d. Josef Riegler (AUT) 6-2 6-1, Takashi Sanada (JPN) d. Martin Legner (AUT) 6-4 6-0, Satoshi Saida/Takashi Sanada (JPN) d. Nico Langmann/Thomas Mossier (AUT) 6-1 6-1).

Men’s World Group II – Semifinals

SPAIN bt THAILAND 2-1 (Martin De La Puente (ESP) d. Wittaya Peem-Mee (THA) 6-1 4-6 6-3, Suthi Klongrhau (THA) d. Daniel Caverzaschi (ESP) 6-2 4-6 6-3, Daniel Caverzaschi/Roberto Chamizo (ESP) d. Suthi Klongrhau/ Wittaya Peem-Mee (THA) 4-6 7-5(5) [10-2].

SOUTH AFRICA bt MALAYSIA 2-1 (Ariffahmi Zaquan Ariffin (MAS) d. Leon Els (RSA) 6-4 6-4, Evans Maripa (RSA) d. Abu Samah Borhan (MAS) 3-6 6-1 6-0, Evans Maripa/Marshall Marsh (RSA) d. Ariffahmi Zaquan Ariffin / Abu Samah Borhan (MASI) 6-3 6-3).

Men’s World Group II – Position 5-8

BRAZIL bt SRI LANKA 1-0 (Carlos Santos (BRA) d. Upali Rajakaruna (SRI) 6-1 1-6 6-2,Daniel Rodrigues (BRA) d. Gamini Dissanayake (SRI) Not played, Rafael Medeiros/Daniel Rodrigues (BRA) d. Gamini Dissanayake/Upali Rajakaruna (SRI) Not played).

GERMANY bt SWITZERLAND 3-0 (Sven Hiller (GER) d. Daniel Dalla Pellegrina (SUI) 6-3 2-6 6-4, Steffen Sommerfeld (GER) d. Herbert Josef Keller (SUI) 6-2 6-1, Anthony Dittmar/Sven Hiller (GER) d. Yann Jauss/Herbert Josef Keller (SUI) 6-0 6-0).

Men’s World Group II – Position 9-12

COLOMBIA bt ITALY 3-0 (Pedro Julio Leon (COL) d. Luca Arca (ITA) 0-6 6-1 7-6(7), Eliecer Oquendo (COL) d. Fabian Mazzei (ITA) 2-6 7-5 6-3, Eliecer Oquendo/ Mauricio Vega (COL) d. Luca Arca /Ivan Tratter (ITA) 6-1 6-2)

GREECE bt TURKEY 3-0 (Georgios Lazaridis (GRE) d. Hakan Gungor (TUR) 6-2 6-1, Stefanos Diamantis (GRE) d. Turan Akalin (TUR) 6-1 6-3, Stefanos Diamantis/Georgios Lazaridis (GRE) d. Turan Akalin/ Hakan Gungor (TUR) 60 64.

Women’s World Group – Semifinals

NETHERLANDS bt GREAT BRITAIN 2-0 (Aniek Van Koot (NED) d. Lucy Shuker (GBR) 6-7(3) 6-4 6-4, Jiske Griffioen (NED) d. Jordanne Whiley (GBR) 6-1 6-2, Jiske Griffioen/Aniek Van Koot (NED) d. Lucy Shuker/Jordanne Whiley (GBR) Not played).

JAPAN bt GERMANY 2-1 (Katharina Krueger (GER) d. Kanako Domori (JPN) 6-4 6-0, Yui Kamiji (JPN) d. Sabine Ellerbrock (GER) 3-6 6-4 6-2, Kanako Domori/Yui Kamiji (JPN) d. Sabine Ellerbrock/Katharina Krueger (GER) 4-6 7-5 [12-10].

Women’s World Group – Position 5-8

USA bt SOUTH AFRICA 2-1 (Kaitlyn Verfuerth (USA) d. Mariska Venter 7-6(2) 6-1, Kgothatso Montjane (RSA) d. Emmy Kaiser (USA) 6-3 6-1, Emmy Kaiser/Kaitlyn Verfuerth (USA) d Thondalwethu Hlatshwayo/Kgothatso Montjane (RSA) 6-2 6-1).

THAILAND bt FRANCE 3-0 (Wanitha Inthanin (THA) d. Emmanuelle Morch (FRA) 7-5 1-6 6-4, Sakhon Khanthasit (THA) d. Charlotte Famin (FRA) 6-2 6-1, Wanitha Inthanin/Sakhon Khanthasit (THA) d. Emilie Chene/ Charlotte Famin (FRA) 6-2 6-3).

Women’s World Group – Position 9-12

AUSTRALIA bt TURKEY 3-0 (Janel Manns (AUS) d. Julide Yildiz (TUR) 6-0 4-6 6-3, Sarah Calati (AUS) d. Busra Un (TUR) 1-6 7-5 6-1, Luba Josevski/Janel Manns (AUS) d. Busra Un/Julide Yildiz (TUR) 6-4 6-2).

CHILE bt COLOMBIA 2-1 (Angelica Bernal (COL) d. Macarena Cabrillana (CHI) 6-4 6-2, Francisca Mardones (CHI) d. Johana Martinez Vega (COL) 5-7 6-0 6-0, Macarena Cabrillana/Francisca Mardones (CHI) d. Angelica Bernal Johana Martinez Vega (COL) 3-6 6-2 [10-6].

Quad Event – Semifinals

USA bt ITALY 3-0 (Nick Taylor (USA) d. Marco Innocenti (ITA) 6-4 6-7(5) 6-4, David Wagner (USA) d. Alberto Corradi (ITA) 6-0 6-1, Bryan Barten/Greg Hasterok (USA) d. Alfredo Di Cosmo/ Marco Innocenti (ITA) 4-6 6-1 [10-6].

JAPAN bt ISRAEL 2-1 (Itay Erenlib (ISR) d. Shota Kawano (JPN) 6-3 6-0, Mitsuteru Moroishi (JPN) d. Shraga Weinberg (ISR) 6-2 7-6(1), Shota Kawano/Mitsuteru Moroishi (JPN) d. Itay Erenlib/ Shraga Weinberg (ISR) 7-6(2) 6-2).

Junior Event – Semifinals

NETHERLANDS bt ARGENTINA 3-0 (Ruben Spaargaren (NED) d. Antonella Pralong (ARG) 6-0 6-1, Mitchel Graauw (NED) d. Facundo Palacio (ARG) 6-0 6-3, Sam Schroder/Ruben Spaargaren (NED) d. Facundo Palacio/Antonella Pralong (ARG) 6-1 6-4).

USA bt RUSSIA 2-1 (Artur Saitgareev (RUS) d. Conner Stroud (USA) 6-3 6-4, Christopher Herman (USA) d. Viktoriia Lvova (RUS) 6-1 6-0, Christopher Herman/Conner Stroud (USA) d. Viktoriia Lvova/Artur Saitgareev (RUS) 6-1 6-3).

Junior Event – Position 5-6

BELGIUM bt GREAT BRITAIN 3-0 (Justin Peraux (BEL) d. Ruairi Logan (GBR) 6-3 6-4, Jef Vandorpe (BEL) d. Luz Esperanza Merry (GBR) 6-1 6-3, Justin Peraux/Jef Vandorpe (BEL) d. Josh Cooper/ Luz Esperanza Merry (GBR) 7-5 6-3).

Junior Event – Position 7-8

SWITZERLAND bt TURKEY 2-1 (Angela Maria Grosswiler (SUI) d. Oğuzhan Gunes (TUR) 7-5 1-6 6-3, Nalani Buob (SUI) d. Ayse Gul Zararsiz (TUR) 6-3 6-0, Oğuzhan Gunes/Ayse Gul Zararsiz (TUR) d. Nalani Buob/Angela Maria Grosswiler (SUI) 1-6 6-1 [10-5].

Mixed luck for USA in World Team Cup Wheelchair Tennis


United States of America had a mixed luck in the 2015 BNP Paribas World Team Cup Wheelchair Tennis event at the Club Ali Bey Manavgat here today. USA men and women teams lost their matches in the World Group competitions.

However, USA maintained their winning spree in the Quad event. In the junior section USA began their campaign with a 3-0 verdict against Switzerland in Pool B.

USA men suffered their second successive defeat as they lost to Japan by 0-3 in Pool D in the men’s World Group. Yesterday Austria had beaten USA by 2-1.In the Men’s World Group D encounter, Great Britain blanked USA by 3-0.

USA defeated Korea by 3-0 in a Pool A fixture of the Quad Event. USA had beaten Japan by 3-0 in their opening match on Tuesday. In the Junior section, USA defeated Switzerland by 3-0.

On Wednesday in Men’s World Group, Great Britain beat Argentina by 2-1 in pool A; France blanked Poland by 3-0 in Pool B; Australia routed Korea 3-0 in Pool C and Japan beat USA 3-0 in Pool D outing.



Pool A: GREAT BRITAIN bt ARGENTINA 2-1 (Dave Phillipson (GBR) d. Ezequiel Casco (ARG) 6-3 6-2, Gustavo Fernandez (ARG) d. Gordon Reid (GBR) 1-6 6-1 6-4, Alfie Hewett/Gordon Reid (GBR) d. Ezequiel Casco/Gustavo Fernandez (ARG) 6-3 6-2).

Pool B: FRANCE bt POLAND 3-0 (Frederic Cattaneo (FRA) d. Albin Batycki (POL) 6-0 6-0, Nicolas Peifer (FRA) d. Kamil Fabisiak (POL) 6-1 6-0, David Dalmasso/Michael Jeremiasz (FRA) d. Kamil Fabisiak/Piotr Jaroszewski (POL) 6-3 6-1).

Pool C: AUSTRALIA bt KOREA REP. 3-0 (Ben Weekes (AUS) d. Sang-Ho Oh (KOR) 4-6 6-4 6-2, Adam Kellerman (AUS) d. Ha-Gel Lee (KOR) 6-2 7-6(0), Adam Kellerman/Ben Weekes (AUS) d. Ha-Gel Lee/Sang-Ho Oh (KOR) 6-3 7-5).

Pool D: JAPAN by USA 3-0 (Satoshi Saida (JPN) d. Steve Baldwin (USA) 6-2 7-5, Takashi Sanada (JPN) d. Jon Rydberg (USA) 6-1 6-3, Satoshi Saida/Takashi Sanada (JPN) d. Hunter Groce/Jon Rydberg (USA) 6-3 6-0).


Pool A: THAILAND bt BRAZIL 2-1 (Carlos Santos (BRA) d. Wittaya Peem-Mee (THA) 6-4 6-0, Suthi Klongrhau (THA) d. Daniel Rodrigues (BRA) 6-4 1-6 6-4, Suthi Klongrhau/ Wittaya Peem-Mee (THA) d. Rafael Medeiros/Mauricio Pomme (BRA) 6-3 6-2).

Pool B: SOUTH AFRICA by SWITZERLAND 2-1 (Daniel Dalla Pellegrina (SUI) d. Leon Els (RSA) 6-2 4-6 6-4, Evans Maripa (RSA) d. Herbert Josef Keller (SUI) 6-0 6-3, Evans Maripa/Marshall Marsh (RSA) d. Daniel Dalla Pellegrina/Hakan Gungor (SUI) 6-1 6-1).

Pool C: MALAYSIA bt GERMANY 2-1 (Anthony Dittmar (GER) d. Ariffahmi Zaquan Ariffin (MAS) 6-2 7-5, Abu Samah Borhan (MAS) d. Sven Hiller (GER) 6-1 6-1, Ariffahmi Zaquan Ariffin/Abu Samah Borhan (MAS) d. Anthony Dittmar/Sven Hiller 6-4 6-0).

Pool D: SPAIN bt SRI LANKA 3-0 (Martin De La Puente (ESP) d. Upali Rajakaruna (SRI) 5-7 6-4 6-3, Daniel Caverzaschi (ESP) d. Gamini Dissanayake (SRI) 6-4 6-1, Daniel Caverzaschi/Roberto Chamizo (ESP) w/o Gamini Dissanayake/Upali Rajakaruna (SRI).


Pool A: NETHERLANDS bt SOUTH AFRICA 3-0 (Aniek Van Koot (NED) d. Mariska Venter (RSA) 6-1 6-1, Jiske Griffioen (NED) d. Kgothatso Montjane (RSA) 6-2 6-1, Diede De Groot/Aniek Van Koot (NED) d. Thondalwethu Hlatshwayo/Mariska Venter (RSA) 6-2 6-0).

Pool B: GERMANY bt THAILAND 2-1 (Katharina Krueger (GER) d. Wanitha Inthanin (THA) 6-1 7-5, Sabine Ellerbrock (GER) d. Sakhon Khanthasit (THA) 6-2 3-6 6-1, Wanitha Inthanin/Sakhon Khanthasit (THA) d. Sabine Ellerbrock/Katharina Krueger (GER) 4-6 6-3 [10-6]).

Pool C : JAPAN bt FRANCE 2-1 (Kanako Domori (JPN) d. Emilie Chene (FRA) 6-2 6-1, Yui Kamiji (JPN) d. Charlotte Famin (FRA) 6-2 6-4, Charlotte Famin/Emmanuelle Morch (FRA) d. Kanako Domori/Miho Nijo (JPN) 6-3 6-4).

Pool D: GREAT BRITAIN bt USA 3-0 (Lucy Shuker (GBR) d. Kaitlyn Verfuerth (USA) 76(8) 3-6 6-2, Jordanne Whiley (GBR) d. Emmy Kaiser (USA) 6-2 4-6 6-0, Lucy Shuker/Jordanne Whiley (GBR) d. Dana Mathewson/Kaitlyn Verfuerth (USA) 6-3 6-1).


Pool A: USA bt KOREA REP. 3-0 (Bryan Barten (USA) d. Myoung-Sic Nam (KOR) 6-1 6-1, Greg Hasterok (USA) d. Deok-Gy Kim (KOR) 6-2 6-1, Bryan Barten/Greg Hasterok (USA) d. Deok-Gy Kim/Ho-Sang Wang (KOR) 6-0 6-2).

JAPAN bt CANADA 3-0 (Shota Kawano (JPN) d. Sarah Hunter (CAN) 6-4 6-2, Mitsuteru Moroishi (JPN) d. Gary Luker (CAN) 6-3 6-3, Shinichi Hirata/Mitsuteru Moroishi (JPN) d. Sarah Hunter/Rob Shaw (CAN) 6-4 6-4).

Pool B: ISRAEL bt GREAT BRITAIN 2-1 (Haim Lev (ISR) d. James Shaw (GBR) w/o, Jamie Burdekin (GBR) d. Itay Erenlib (ISR) 6-1 6-4, Itay Erenlib/Shraga Weinberg (ISR) d. Jamie Burdekin/James Shaw (GBR) w/o).

ITALY by SOUTH AFRICA 2-1 (Marco Innocenti (ITA) d. Bongani Dlamini (RSA) 6-1 6-0, Lucas Sithole (RSA) d. Alfredo Di Cosmo (ITA) 6-1 6-0, Alberto Corradi/Marco Innocenti (ITA) d. Bongani Dlamini/Lucas Sithole (RSA) 6-3 2-6 [11-9]).


Pool A: RUSSIA bt BELGIUM 2-1 (Artur Saitgareev (RUS) d. Justin Peraux (BEL) 6-0 6-0, Jef Vandorpe (BEL) d. Viktoriia Lvova (RUS) 6-1 6-3, Viktoriia Lvova/ Artur Saitgareev (RUS) d. Justin Peraux/Jef Vandorpe (BEL) 6-1 6-2).

NETHERLANDS bt TURKEY 3-0 (Ruben Spaargaren (NED) d. Oguzhan Gunes (TUR) 6-2 6-1, Sam Schroder (NED) d. Ayse Gul Zararsiz (TUR) 6-1 6-0, Mitchel Graauw/Ruben Spaargaren (NED) d. Oguzhan Gunes/Ayse Gul Zararsiz (TUR) 6-0 6-0).

Pool B: USA bt SWITZERLAND 3-0 (Casey Ratzlaff (USA) d. Angela Maria Grosswiler (SUI) 6-0 6-0, Conner Stroud (USA) d. Nalani Buob (SUI) 6-0 6-0, Christopher Herman/Conner Stroud (USA) d. Nalani Buob/Angela Maria Grosswiler 6-1 6-0).

ARGENTINA bt GREAT BRITAIN 3-0 (Antonella Pralong (ARG) d. Ruairi Logan (GBR) 6-3 6-4, Facundo Palacio (ARG) d. Luz Esperanza Merry (GBR) 6-4 6-3, Facundo Palacio/Antonella Pralong (ARG) d. Josh Cooper/Ruairi Logan (GBR) 6-2 6-2).

Cricket is going to catch on with American children: Jamie


Mr Jamie Harrison, who recently resigned as Chief Executive Officer of American Cricket Federation to focus on the grassroots level, is confident that ‘cricket is going to catch on with American children.”

However, there must be a way to reach them directly, delivering a version of cricket that is both exciting and easy to mimic. It has to be cricket that can be seen on television or You Tube, and then imitated in backyards and neighborhood parks, without the requirement of “proper” technique becoming a barrier.

The following is Jamie Harrison’s, who is president of the United States Youth Cricket Association, statement:
(In this discussion, I use the term “American” loosely, to indicate those in the USA with no cultural or family connection to cricket. I apologize for the imprecision, but no term for this condition currently exists. – Jamie)
When USYCA was founded five years ago, its purpose was to bring cricket to American children who would not otherwise be exposed to it. The idea was to begin building an indigenous player/fan base that could turn the game from a minor niche sport to something far more impressive.
In chasing this dream, we have distributed over 2,000 cricket sets to schools, and trained thousands of teachers and students. Still, it must be admitted that, in a nation of 330 million, these efforts have barely caused a ripple. A broader effort needs to be made if cricket is to go from being a curiosity to a commonly played sport.
But how? A seemingly insurmountable obstacle to our goal has been a dearth of volunteer youth coaches, especially ones who are willing to reach out to American children, of whom there may be ten in the entire nation right now. Unlike other sports in this country, cricketers expect to play recreationally into their 60s, which keeps them from giving back to the next generation as coaches and administrators. Of those who do coach, almost none consider American children as a group worth pursuing. This is a real problem.
So, it has become clear to me that if cricket is going to catch on with American children, there must be a way to reach them directly, delivering a version of cricket that is both exciting and easy to mimic. It has to be cricket that can be seen on television or You Tube, and then imitated in backyards and neighborhood parks, without the requirement of “proper” technique becoming a barrier.
(I hate the term “proper cricket,” which I’ve come to associate with a dismissive snobbishness I sometimes see in the cricket community. It’s really just an ugly way of putting down someone else’s game.)
Don’t think of this cricket product as a substitute for good coaching, but as a participation bridge designed to bring hundreds of thousands of American children into the cricket ecosystem, if not as junior players, then at least as the beginnings of a fan base and marketplace that can support the infrastructure and funding that US cricket so sorely lacks. I am a believer in big numbers, and am convinced that once the weight of American population demographics begins to impact cricket, nothing will ever be the same here.
And if your opinion is that American children should not play cricket until they can be taught correct technique, I disagree. Children who’ve come to love cricket, however that love came, can always be coached up, and some may eventually become quite good. But children who have had no exposure to the game will never be available to be coached in the first place, and are lost to us forever. I would rather have a small part of a large number than 100% of zero.
Attached are two proposals, one for an American-friendly version of cricket that can be learned simply by watching. The second is for a television vehicle to carry that version to a mass American audience. Please read them.

If you share my vision, and want to partner with me, either in the spreading of American Cricket, or with the creation of the television product, please let me know. I am looking to build a team that can push these ideas forward, and I hope that you’ll consider being a part of that team.

Best Regards,


USA men lose to Austria in World Team Cup Wheelchair Tennis


Belgium (pool A), Netherlands (pool B), Sweden (pool c) and Austria (pool D) won their respective group matches in men’s World Group 2015 BNP Paribas World Team Cup Wheelchair Tennis event at the Club Ali Bey Manavgat in Antalya here.

Belgium prevailed over Argentina by 2-1; Netherlands blanked Poland by 3-0, Sweden routed Korea by 3-1 and Austria got the better of USA by 2-1.

United States of America proved too good for Japan whom they beat by 3-0 in the Quad event Pool A fixture. In three matches, USA dropped just five games.

A total of 52 teams from 28 countries are competing in four categories: men, women, quad and junior.


Pool A: BELGIUM bt ARGENTINA 2-1 (Ezequiel Casco (ARG) d. Gert Vos (BEL) 6-3 6-4, Joachim Gerard (BEL) d. Gustavo Fernandez (ARG) 4-6 6-2 6-3, Joachim Gerard/Gert Vos (BEL) d. Ezequiel Casco/Gustavo Fernandez (ARG) 7-6(4) 2-6 10-6).

Pool B: NETHERLANDS bt POLAND 3-0 (Rody De Bie (NED) d. Piotr Jaroszewski (POL) 6-1 6-4, Maikel Scheffers (NED) d. Kamil Fabisiak (POL) 6-0 6-2, Ricky Molier/Maikel Scheffers (NED) d. Albin Batycki/Kamil Fabisiak (POL) 6-1 6-1).

Pool C: SWEDEN bt KOREA REP 3-0 (Peter Vikstrom (SWE) d. Ho-Won Im (KOR) 6-2 6-2, Stefan Olsson (SWE) d. Sang-Ho Oh (KOR) 6-3 6-4, Stefan Olsson/Dan Wallin (SWE) d. Ha-Gel Lee/Sang-Ho Oh (KOR) 6-0 6-0).

Pool D: AUSTRIA bt USA 2-1 (Josef Riegler (AUT) d. Steve Baldwin (USA) 6-1 7-5, Jon Rydberg (USA) d. Martin Legner (AUT) 7-6(4) 6-4, Martin Legner/Josef Riegler (AUT) d. Steve Baldwin/Jon Rydberg (USA) 6-1 7-6(5).

In Men’s World Group 2 Brazil (A), South Korea (B), Malaysia (C) and Spain (D) won their respective matches.


Pool A: BRAZIL bt COLOMBIA 3-0, Carlos Santos (BRA) d. Mauricio Vega (COL) 6-0 6-2, Daniel Rodrigues (BRA) d. Eliecer Oquendo (COL) 6-1 6-4, Rafael Medeiros/Mauricio Pomme (BRA) d. Pedro Julio Leon/Eliecer Oquendo (COL) 7-5 6-2).

Pool B: SOUTH AFRICA bt TURKEY 3-0 (Marshall Marsh (RSA) d. Hakan Gungor (TUR) 6-2 6-1, Evans Maripa (RSA) d. Turan Akalin (TUR) 6-1 6-0, Leon Els/Marshall Marsh (RSA) d. Turan Akalin/Hakan Gungor (TUR) 6-0 6-1).

Pool C: MALAYSIA bt GREECE 3-0 (Ariffahmi Zaquan Ariffin (MAS) d. Georgios Lazaridis (GRE) 6-1 6-1, Abu Samah Borhan (MAS) d. Stefanos Diamantis (GRE) 6-3 6-3,
Ariffahmi Zaquan Ariffin/Abu Samah Borhan (MAS) d. Stefanos Diamantis/Georgios Lazaridis (GRE) 6-1 6-3).

Pool D: SPAIN bt ITALY 3-0 (Martin De La Puente (ESP) d. Ivan Tratter (ITA) 6-1 6-1
Daniel Caverzaschi (ESP) d. Fabian Mazzei (ITA) 7-5 6-3, Roberto Chamizo/Francesc Tur (ESP) d. Luca Arca/Ivan Tratter (ITA) 6-2 6-0).


Pool A: NETHERLANDS bt TURKEY 3-0 (Aniek Van Koot (NED) d. Julide Yildiz (TUR) 6-0 6-1, Jiske Griffioen (NED) d. Busra Un (TUR) 6-0 6-0, Diede De Groot/Jiske Griffioen (NED) d. Busra Un/Julide Yildiz (TUR) 6-2 6-1).

Pool B: GERMANY bt CHILE 3-0 (Katharina Krueger (GER) d. Macarena Cabrillana (CHI) 6-1 6-4, Sabine Ellerbrock (GER) d. Francisca Mardones (CHI) 6-2 6-1, Sabine Ellerbrock/ Katharina Krueger (GER) d. Macarena Cabrillana/Maria Paz Diaz (CHI) 6-2 6-2).

Pool C: JAPAN bt COLOMBIA 2-1 (Angelica Bernal (COL) d. Kanako Domori (JPN) 7-5 6-2, Yui Kamiji (JPN) d. Johana Martinez Vega (COL) 6-0 6-1, Yui Kamiji/Miho Nijo (JPN) d. Angelica Bernal/Johana Martinez Vega (COL) 6-2 6-3).

Pool D: GREAT BRITAIN bt AUSTRALIA 3-0 (Louise Hunt (GBR) d. Janel Manns (AUS) 6-0 6-1, Jordanne Whiley (GBR) d. Sarah Calati (AUS) 6-3 6-1, Louise Hunt/Lucy Shuker (GBR) d. Sarah Calati/Luba Josevski (AUS) 6-0 6-1).


Pool A: USA bt JAPAN 3-0 (Nick Taylor (USA) d. Shota Kawano (JPN) 6-2 6-3, David Wagner (USA) d. Mitsuteru Moroishi (JPN) 6-0 6-0, Nick Taylor/ David Wagner (USA) d. Shinichi Hirata/Shota Kawano (JPN) 6-0 6-0).

CANADA by KOREA REP 2-1 (Sarah Hunter (CAN) d. Myoung-Sic Nam (KOR) 6-1 6-1, Ho-Sang Wang (KOR) d. Gary Luker (CAN) 6-4 4-6 6-2, Sarah Hunter/Rob Shaw (CAN) d. Deok-Gy Kim/Ho-Sang Wang (KOR) 7-6 6-4).

Pool B: SOUTH AFRICA bt GREAT BRITAIN 3-0 (Bongadi Dlamini (RSA) d. James Shaw (GBR) 6-4 5-7 6-4, Lucas Sithole (RSA) d. Jamie Burdekin (GBR) 6-3 6-0, Bongadi Dlamini/ Lucas Sithole (RSA) d. Jamie Burdekin/James Shaw (GBR) 4-6 6-3 [11-9]).

ISRAEL bt ITALY 2-1 (Marco Innocenti (ITA) d. Haim Lev (ISR) 6-1 6-4, Shraga Weinberg (ISR) d. Alberto Corradi (ITA) 6-4 6-4, Itay Erenlib/Shraga Weinberg (ISR) d. Alberto Corradi/Marco Innocenti (ITA) 6-4 6-3).


Pool A: NETHERLANDS bt RUSSIA 2-1 (Artur Saitgareev (RUS) d. Ruben Spaargaren (NED) 7-5 6-2, Mitchel Graauw (NED) d. Viktoriia Lvova (RUS) 6-7(7) 6-4 6-1, Mitchel Graauw/ Ruben Spaargaren (NED) d. Viktoriia Lvova/ Artur Saitgareev (RUS) 6-2 4-6 [10-7]).

BELGIUM bt TURKEY 3-0 (Justin Peraux (BEL) d. Oguzhan Gunes (TUR) 6-1 7-6(1), Jef Vandorpe (BEL) d. Ayse Gul Zararsiz (TUR) 6-1 6-1, Justin Peraux/Jef Vandorpe (BEL) d. Oguzhan Gunes/Ayse Gul Zararsiz (TUR) 6-2 6-0).

Pool B: USA bt ARGENTINA 3-0 (Casey Ratzlaff (USA) d. Antonella Pralong (ARG) 6-1 6-1, Christopher Herman (USA) d. Facundo Palacio (ARG) 3-6 6-2 7-6(5), Casey Ratzlaff/Conner Stroud (USA) d. Facundo Palacio/Antonella Pralong (ARG) 6-2 6-2).

GREAT BRITAIN bt SWITZERLAND 3-0 (Josh Cooper (GBR) d. Angela Maria Grosswiler (SUI) 6-2 6-2, Luz Esperanza Merry (GBR) d. Nalani Buob (SUI) 0-6 6-0 6-1, Ruairi Logan/Luz Esperanza Merry (GBR) d. Nalani Buob/Angela Maria Grosswiler (SUI) 6-3 3-6 [11-9]).

Felipe Pena accepts sanction for WADA Rule Violation


United States Anti-Doping Association (USADA) announced today that Felipe Pena, of Vila Castela, Nova Lima – MG, Brazil, an athlete in the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, has tested positive for a prohibited substance and accepted a one-year sanction for his doping offense, according to a USADA press released here today.

Pena, 23, tested positive for testosterone, which was confirmed by CIR (GC/C/IRMS) analysis, as a result of an in-competition urine sample he provided on June 1, 2014, at the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (“IBJJF”) World Jiu-Jitsu Championships held in Long Beach, Calif. Although the IBJJF is not a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Code (the “Code”), USADA was contracted by IBJJF to conduct testing for the event and collected Pena’s sample in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Agency International Standard for Testing.

Anabolic Agents are prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing, which has adopted the Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List. IBJJF has agreed to impose the sanction.

After a thorough review of the case, USADA accepted Pena’s explanation that his positive test was caused by his use of a testosterone cream provided to him by a healthcare provider. Pena also provided substantial assistance as outlined in the Code. For providing substantial assistance to USADA, Pena was eligible for a reduction of the otherwise applicable two-year sanction under the Code.

After considering all the relevant circumstances, including Pena’s substantial assistance, USADA determined that a one-year period of ineligibility was the appropriate outcome in this case. Pena’s sanction began on June 1, 2014, the day the sample was collected. In addition, Pena has been disqualified from all competitive results achieved in competitions sanctioned by the IBJJF or any Code signatory on and subsequent to May 31, 2014, the date of his first match at the 2014 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championships, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes.

In an effort to aid athletes, as well as all support team members such as parents and coaches, in understanding the rules applicable to them, USADA provides comprehensive instruction on its website on the testing process and prohibited substances, how to obtain permission to use a necessary medication, and the risks and dangers of taking supplements as well as performance-enhancing and recreational drugs. In addition, the agency manages a drug reference hotline, Drug Reference Online (, conducts educational sessions with National Governing Bodies and their athletes, and proactively distributes a multitude of educational materials, such as the Prohibited List, easy-reference wallet cards, periodic newsletters, and protocol and policy reference documentation.

USADA is responsible for the testing and results management process for athletes in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement, and is equally dedicated to preserving the integrity of sport through research initiatives and educational programs.

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