With the Dresse and Maere Cup having officially ended last night in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the women’s team from Chinese Taipei walked away as world champions. The United States finished second and Spain finished third.
In the rest of the results, Great Britain finished fourth, Germany finished fifth, Russia finished sixth, Japan finished seventh and India finished eighth. Chinese Taipei qualified for the finals after beating Great Britain. The United States qualified through by beating Spain.
In the fifth – sixth place match, Verena Fleckenstein was able to contain Russian Anastasia Grin and win 6 – 2 and 6 – 3. Grin was not able to muster a serious challenge, nor able to force any errors against Fleckenstein. After the game, a member of the German delegation told Deutscher Gehörlosen-Sportverband that, “The play and form were back to what we are used to from Verena, that was her best game in the tournament.” Albrecht and Fleckenstein played the doubles game against Russia’s Grin and Sidorenko, which the Germans won 6 – 1 and 6 – 2. The German team trainer said, “Heike and Verena had fun again playing with one another. I am glad that Heike is fit and her old self again, even if the total output of our ladies is sad. But we could not sacrifice the health of our top player for success.”
On the men’s side, France finished first, Germany second, Austria third, Russia fourth, the USA fifth, Great Britain sixth, Chinese Taipei seventh, Japan eighth and Argentina ninth.
Rain was a problem on some days of the competition, including Friday and Saturday. Some games were moved inside to the from the Champions Club Center to the Strang-Voges Tennis Center on the campus of McCallie School in Chattanooga.
Following 34 years of involvement in USA deaf tennis, Howard Lee Gorrell officially retired following the event. The Dresse and Maere Cup is billed by organizers as an opportunity for young deaf to gain international experience in advance of the 2017 Summer Deaflympics. It uses the same format as the Fed Cup for women and the Davis Cup for men.