Ray Kimoto shows the form that earned him a spot on Team Canada at the ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships in Turkey.

Ray Kimoto shows the form that earned him a spot on Team Canada at the ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships in Turkey.

Kimoto rates Turkey tourney

Vernon’s Ray Kimoto represent Canada at at ITF Super-Seniors World Team Tennis Championships in southern Turkey.

Vernon’s Ray Kimoto represented Canada at a beach resort in southern Turkey and then concluded his tennis season playing for B.C. at the Denny Cardinall Cup in Portland.

Kimoto and four others formed Team Canada and placed ninth in a field of 24 nations at the ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships, Oct. 8-16, at the Ali Bey Club Manavgat, Antalya, a beach resort in southern Turkey.

“There were 58 red clay courts at this venue,” said Kimoto. “To be selected to play for Canada and to go to Turkey was a wonderful experience. I had difficulty adjusting to the red clay courts, not played on them before.

“One has to play on them regularly to become effective. I saw some of the best players in the world playing in their age groups and they were unbelievable – they were that good.

“It was a beautiful beach resort. It rained the first three days, but then it was 28 and sunny the last four days.”

More than 600 participants competed with the super-seniors age groups starting at 60 and going up to 85.

The Canadian entry, all in their 70s, was playing for the Jack Crawford Cup. The team consisted of Keith Carpenter of Aurora, Ont., a former Davis Cup player, Guido Weber, of Waterloo, Ont., and Horst Dammholz of Vancouver.

“We were placed in a round-robin group of three countries: South Africa, Australia and Canada. We defeated South Africa, 2-1, and lost to Australia, 2-1. Merv Watson, a former Vernon player, was playing for South Africa,” said Kimoto.

“This took us out of the medal round, and we were now playing for seventh – 12th. In the playoffs, we defeated Russia 2-1, lost 2-1 to Germany, 2-1, and then had a walkover versus Turkey, which placed us ninth.”

Kimoto then headed to the Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland for the the Denny Cardinall Cup, Oct. 22-23. It is the oldest international team tennis tournament in the U.S.

Beginning in 1958 to 1966, Washington and B.C. senior men’s players (45 and over) played for the trophy.

There were two doubles teams per age group. Playing for B.C. in the 70s group, Kimoto and Frank Jarman, of North Vancouver lost to Washington and Oregon.

Oregon won the Denny Cardinall Cup with a team total of 24 points, followed by Washington with 18 points, and B.C. with eight. Vancouver hosts the tournament in 2012.