Cash-Vines Take World Silver; Webb-Chandler Earn Bronze

Sunday, May 4, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

Chattanooga tennis had an excellent showing with four medals at the ITF World Seniors Championships in Boca Raton, Fla. the past two weeks.

In Sunday's matches, Manker Patten teaching pro Wesley Cash and Mark Vines (No.2 seed) placed second in the men's 55s doubles falling to No.4 seed Mike Tammen-Daniel Weldman, 6-4, 6-4.

Cash and Vines beat Tammen and Weldman for the 2013 world 55s title.

Men's World Team Silver:  Cash, Vines, Tammen and Weldman earned a silver in the 55s team competition last week.

In women's 50s doubles semis, Lookout Mountain resident Sue Webb and Fran Chandler (Jackson, Tenn.) lost to No.1 seed and eventual champion Ros Balodis-Leanne Swaysland, 6-3, 7-5.

The No.7 seeds, Webb and Chandler received bronze medals.

Webb and Denis Dumas also reached the quarters in mixed doubles having to forfeit to eventual winner Rick Leach- due to rain delays/schedule changes. Unseeded, Webb-Dumas beat the No.1 seed in the second round.

In women's singles, Webb defeated the Nos. 3 and 12 seeds to reach the quarters before losing to the No.6 seed. Chandler won the women's gold.

GPS head coach Sue Bartlett earned a world team silver while playing for Great Britain last week.

UTC Alums: Webb stated that she saw former UTC teammate Susan Bednar Kirby for the first time since they led UTC to three-peat NCAA D-II titles, 1983-84-85 ... Kirby and Cheryl Kirby (women's 50s doubles) lost to the No.2 seeds from Holland in the second round in a third set super tie-breaker.

UTC men's coach Carlos Garcia and partner Willie Alumbaugh won two matches before losing in the third round of the men's 50s doubles.

A World of Thanks: Cash sent a text to Dr. David Moore of Elite Sports Medicine in Nashville Sunday stating he and Vines had won the world doubles silver ... and another big thanks to Dr. Miller for making it possible for Cash to play tennis again ... Dr. Miller performed "Star Wars" surgery on Cash's left knee in 2009 ... by 2011, Cash and Jack Webb had won a Southern doubles crown ... Then came back-to-back age division national grand slam doubles titles ... a world doubles gold and world team silver came in 2013 and the most recent team silver and doubles silver in Florida.

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