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Mike Noel and his team members place 5th in 50 & Over
ITF World Team Tennis Championships
Team USA: Mike Noel, Eoin Collins, Willie Dann, and Dana Gill
Bakersfield's own Mike Noel was selected to play on the 2022 USA 50 & Over ITF World Team Tennis Team which competed against 23 other teams from all over the world in Boca Raton, Florida in May. Matches consisted of 2 lines of Singles and 1 line of doubles.
Team USA earned its path to the Championship round after winning its initial pool of 8 teams by defeating Teams Israel and India 3-0. Team USA then faced a tough German team in the first round. Team USA narrowly lost (Germany ultimately placed 2nd), went on to defeat the team from Argentina and was up 1-0 against Venezuel in a match that would decide 4th place when rain forced the cancelation of the match, leading to a tie with Venezuela for 5th place.
Mike shares the following roundup:
"It was a great experience to play for our country and to compete against other strong senior players in world competition. Team USA was clearly one of the stronger teams, but unfortunately lost by the thinnest of margins to the 2nd place finisher. I look forward to being invited again and competing for a medal for the USA"
We are proud of you Mike for your accomplishments and wish you many more chances to compete at these high levels!