2016 Gengler Cup

June 4 - 5, 2016
Locust Valley, NY, United States
Piping Rock Club
Recap & Summary
Captain:Louise Thomas

The Gengler Cup festivities started Friday late afternoon with USIC team members and IC Canada team members arriving at the Piping Rock Club for a pre-match practice session. With drizzle and occasional rain, we kept off the grass, but got in plenty of play on the damp clay courts. That evening the Gengler Cup, Baker Bowl and Sorlien Cup participants enjoyed a welcoming dinner in the private room of the lovely Basil Leaf restaurant in Locust Valley.

Saturday saw sunny skies and great competition. After the USA and Canadian national anthems were played, the Gengler Cup players took the courts dressed in their all whites with white balls for grass in hand. Excellent tennis was showcased all day. On the front court, the Canadian’s top players, Kanta Murali and Laura Atkinson, started out strong as a doubles team to win the first match of the day, and they would continued to be the strength for IC Canada all weekend. With a deep and strong USIC team, we managed to come through Saturday with a 7-3 lead that included several tight matches.

The Saturday banquet was held in the beautiful clubhouse at Piping Rock with the grass courts on one side and overlooking the golf course. Over eighty IC members and their guests were treated to a fabulous meal and gracious speakers as our rookies in all three events stood up to speak. A special moment for the Gengler Cup players was the presentation of both an IC Canada tie and a USIC tie to Bill Caler in recognition of his support and generosity to the Gengler Cup teams both Canadian and USIC. For years, Bill has quietly sponsored our Gengler Cup logo items and been an important part of the Gengler Cup event.

On Sunday the rains came as anticipated and we headed to the Port Washington Tennis Center where, each year, USIC member Dick Zausner generously donates his facility’s indoor clay courts.

The US team lost a few players who played on Saturday, but had a couple new players ready to step in. In the match of the day, new USIC member Elizabeth Brook won a long, hard fought, exciting singles match over Kanta Murali in three close sets. With that match and two others that just barely swung back to the USA, the final score was USIC 10 - IC Canada 5. 

We all look forward to Toronto in 2017!

Saturday June 4 Morning Matches

Louise Thomas/Gretchen Biggs (USIC) def. Dale Kozicz/Kathy Mueller (Canada) 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 

Frances Dickenson/Irene Graham Davis (USIC) def. Jane Seed/Sue Smylie (Canada) 6-0. 6-2

Kanta Murali/Laura Atkinson (Canada) def. Jackie powers/Leslie Wargo (USIC) 6-0,6- 2

Akiko Tohmatsu/Anne Prosser (USIC) def. Janice Herbert/Junco (Canada) 6-4, 6-1

Connie Jones/Norma Taylor (USIC) def. Julie Salomon/Susanne Sekley (Canada) 6-2, 7-5

Saturday June 4 Afternoon Matches

Kanta Murlai/Kathy Mueller (Canada) def. Norma Taylor/Connie Jones (USIC) 6-3, 6-1

Laura Atkinson/Julie Salomon (Canada) def. Louise Thomas/Jackie Powers (USIC) 6-3, 6-7, 6-1

Gretchen Biggs/Frances Dickenson (USIC) def. Dale Kozicz/Sue Smylie (Canada) 6-2, 6-3

Wendy Nolan/Irene Graham Davis (USIC) def. Junco/Jane Seed (USIC) 6-4, 6-3

Akiko Tohmatsu/Leslie Wargo (USIC) def. Susanne Sekley/Janice Herbert (Canada) 6-2, 6-4

Sunday June 5

Elizabeth Brook (USIC ) def. Kanta Murali (Canada) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

Laura Atkinson/Janice Herbert (Canada) def. Jeanne Swiacki/Jackie Powers 6-2, 6-0

Akiko Tohmatsu/Norma Taylor (USIC) def. Dale Kozicz/Julie Salomon (Canada) 6-2, 7-6 (7-4)

Kathy Mueller/Susanne Sekley (Canada) def. Louise Thomas/Anne Prosser (USIC) 6-2, 6-0

Wendy Nolan/Irene Graham Davis (USIC) def. Sue Smylie/Jane Seed (Canada) 6-4, 7-5

Gretchen Biggs
Elizabeth Brook-Garrity
Irene Davis
Frances Dickenson
Constance Jones
Wendy Nolan
Jackie Powers
Anne Prosser
Marjory Smith
Jeanne Swiacki
Norma Taylor
Louise Thomas
Akiko Tohmatsu
Leslie Wargo
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