The Potter Cup, a multi-National men's 45's team competition (five singles and two doubles) commenced in 1972. The event is hosted by the IC of Spain and supported by the CATALAN Tennis Federation. Over the years, the event has grown in stature, and is now recognized by the ITF, which awards point toward World ITF 45's rankings for victories at the event. The Potter Cup has been held at the Real Club de Polo in Barcelona who opens its Club to players and supporters. The tournament is run to pro circuit standards with chair umpires for every match, ball kids, and lavish dinner parties. The Potter Cup has become one of the great veterans tennis events in the world.
In 2004, the U.S. IC veteran squad of Egan Adams, Jeff Davis, Danny Waldman, John Peckskamp, Geoff Martinez, Mark Myers, and Playing Captain Jeff Winkler, journeyed to the red clay of distant Spain and stung the Europeans with a sweep of Italy in the semi-finals and a stunning 4-3 victory over Spain in the finals.
In XXXIII Potter Cup, our defending championship team returned intact to Barcelona to defend the title, with the exception of Jeff Davis, who had suffered a knee injury shortly before the competition.
The Potter Cup committee seeded the USA number 1 and we drew Great Britain in the quarter-finals. Other quarter-final matches included co-number 3 Italy against Ireland, co-number 3 France against Belgium, and number 2 Spain against Germany.
Great Britain again sent a strong team to the competition, but the U.S. squad prevailed 4-1 in singles:
Egan Adams (USA) defeated Martin Gunthrip (GB) - 6-4, 6-1
Danny Waldman (USA) defeated Ashley Broomhead (GB) - 4-6, 6-1, 6-0
Paul French (GB) defeated Geoff Martinez (USA) - 6-2, 6-4
John Peckskamp (USA) defeated Simon Ickringill (GB) - 4-6, 6-2, 6-1
Jeff Winkler (USA) defeated Mike Dawe (GB) - 6-3, 5-7, 6-0
In the semi-finals, the U.S. played Italy, who had beaten Ireland in the quarter-finals 5-0. Italy had completely revamped its squad by adding two former top 100 ATP players at the top of the lineup. The singles matches were close, but the Italian team held a 3-2 lead after singles:
Egan Adams (USA) defeated Davide De Carlo (Italy) - 6-3, 6-3
Marco Armellini (Italy) defeated Danny Waldman (USA) - 7-5, 6-3
Adriano DaPonte (Italy) defeated Geoff Martinez (USA) - 7-6(5), 2-6, 6-3
John Peckskamp (USA) defeated Ferante Rocchi (Italy) - 7-5, 7-5
Paolo Moscelli (Italy) defeated Mark Myers (USA) - 2-6, 7-6(1), 6-1
The match would be decided in doubles with the U.S. needing to sweep both matches to return to the finals. In Potter Cup competition, a super tie breaker is played in lieu of a third set. Predictably, both matches split sets and each Country won one tie breaker. Thus, Italy prevailed 4-3 in the team match:
Armellini/Rocchi (Italy) defeated Adams/Martinez (USA) - 3-6, 6-3(10-7)
Waldman/Peckskamp (USA) defeated Marchi/Nesti (Italy) - 4-6, 6-3(10-8)
In the finals, an outstanding Spanish team led by former ATP top 20 player Fernando Luna swept Italy 5-0.
Spain, Italy, France, USA, Great Britain, Germany, Belgium, Ireland
Congratulations to host Spain for reclaiming the Potter Cup and to the U.S. veteran team for a game defense of the XXXII Potter Cup Championship.