WHITE PLAINS, NY -- David Nash '67 (Bloomington, MN) teamed with Hugh Thomson (Norcross, GA), Charlie Hoeveler (Ross, CA), and Jim Parker (Santa Fe, NM) to lead the USA to first place and the gold medal in the Britannia Cup international tennis competition for Men 65 and over.
The competition was held on the slow red clay courts in Antalya, Turkey and featured 500 players representing some 35 countries, playing in the various age groups
The Britannia Cup Team Men 65 match came down to the doubles match on Friday in the semis and Saturday in the final against France. Nash got the USA into the Friday semis on his 2-1 singles record. Both days the U.S. lost at #2 singles.
Friday Nash lost in a tight three-set match that could have gone either way, but a severely sprained ankle midway in the match progressively worsened, limiting Nash's mobility.
On Saturday, Hugh Thomson filled in for Nash against the French #2, Michel Berges, whom he'd previously dominated in singles. But the Frenchman played inspired tennis and Thomson lost in three tight sets.
Captain Jim Parker came riding in to the rescue, beating his opponent on Friday and then Francois Pierson on Saturday to level the tie in each instance.
The doubles team of Parker and Thomson secured the win on Friday to propel the U.S. into the final. On Saturday, though Parker won by the relatively tame score of 6-0, 7-5, the points were brutal, particularly in the second set, as the weather was much warmer. Against a bigger, harder hitting opponent, Parker mixed up drop shots, approaches and countered well, but the running took a toll on him. Scheduled with Thomson to play the deciding doubles, Parker began to cramp. Hoeveler was a last minute substitute and played awe-inspiring tennis highlighted by his movement around the net. Time and time again he made the winning volley. The U.S. won the first set 7-6 (4), holding off set points when the French team served for the first set at 5-4. The French team dominated the second set 6-2. The third set featured as many breaks as holds and fittingly went to a tiebreak won convincingly by the U.S. 7-6 (3) to clinch the title for the US.
In all the US teams medaled in 9 out of 10 cup team events, winning 7 golds and 2 bronze.
Nash, who played both tennis and basketball at Williams has won 19 National Tournaments and 5 World Team Championships over the past 20 years. Nash's 2-1 record included a win over a former Czech Pro Alex Cernoch. Nash's current world ranking is number 13 and he is number 2 in the United States. "Winning the World Championship against so many great teams and players is a thrill of a lifetime," Nash stated.
The ITF Seniors/Super-Seniors World Team Championships is the most coveted team event on the ITF Seniors circuit. Since its inception, the number of competitors attracted to this event has increased annually. The Seniors World Championships is divided into two groups, Seniors for the 35-55 and over and Super-Seniors for the 60-80 and over divisions.