The Very Frist ISA Singles Tournament took place under the Leadership of then ISA President Joe Messier. Event held in Mesa, AZ.
HISTORICAL ITEM WITH REGARD TO ISA SHUFFLING AND IN PARTICULAR “WORLD SINGLES” by Stan McCormack.
Stan McCormack Speaks: I should probably offer a brief explanation of team participation in this 23rd (2004) ISA Meet. I will speak first about the MEN’S EVENT.
Both the Americans and the Canadians have a full complement of 12 players. The Canadians do not however have team captains in the normal sense. Rather, two players have been identified as team captains. John Weston who was the team captain has taken the place of a Canadian player who withdrew at the last minute. There will be 3 teams only in what THE SHUFFLER has been calling THE PRIMARY EVENT, which is the event as it has been traditionally, i.e. the Canadian Team, the American Team, and the United Nations Team. The United Nations Team is comprised of 4 players from Japan, 6 from Brazil and 2 from Australia. In the Women’s Division we have full teams from Canada, America, and Japan.
IN ADDITION TO, and taking place at the same time, we have “THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL SINGLES” TOURNAMENT.
212 players have registered for this event. They have team T-Shirts, and caps. In many ways they are indistinguishable from the “primary event players”. One significant difference is that they are competing for approximately $7,000 in prize money while the “primary players” are competing for “pride of country”!!
The combined groups made for a significant audience at the opening this morning. In attendance were both the Mayor of Mesa and the Mayor of Apache Junction. An orchestra played the national anthems of each country and the flag of that nation was presented during the playing. For many it was a stirring and emotional part of the programme.
Team meetings followed the opening thus providing an opportunity to discuss strategy. ACTION ON THE COURTS BEGINS AT 13:00 hrs. Stay tuned; we will report both on Wins for the day by Nation and a “special late night edition” report on our “Get Acquainted Party”!!
Re the party: A very enjoyable dinner; good company and entertainment from Mexico ~~ a young dance group lightened our spirits and ended what was a very full day.
This item first published in The Shuffler in March of 2004.
Stan McCormack, 2019 04 14.
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