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12 Florida Players Selected to Represent U.S. at ITF Super Seniors Tennis

August 10, 2011 09:51 AM
Wachob, Betty, W65 (1)
Betty Wachob
Van Nostrand, King, M75 (1)
King Van Nostrand
Turville, Larry, M60 (1)
Larry Turville
Stout, Nancy
Nancy Stout
Russ, Louise, W80 (1)
Louise Russ
Judy Louie006
Judy Louie
Lutz, Jane (2)
Jane Lutz
Hernando, Rudy, M70 (3)
Rudy Hernando
Clay, Carol W60 (1)
Carol Clay
Brisbin, Joan, W 80 (2)
Joan Brisbin
Bachmann, Joe, M70 (3)
Joe Bachmann
Young, Kerry, 60s
Kerry Young
Twelve Florida Super-Senior-division tennis players have been selected by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) to represent the U.S. at the 31st annual International Tennis Federation (ITF) Super Senior International Team Competition in Antalya, Turkey, on Oct. 10-15, 2011.

The 12 Florida players traveling to Turkey will be Carol Clay of Ft. Lauderdale; Kerry Young, Maitland; Betty Wachob, Panama City; Judy Louie, Fort Lauderdale; Jane Lutz, Sarasota; Nancy Stout, Sarasota; Louise Russ, Boca Raton; Joan Brisbin, Naples; Larry Turville, Naples; Rudy Hernando, Ft. Lauderdale; Joe Bachmann, Sarasota, and King Van Nostrand, Vero Beach.

The top American tennis players in age divisions 60-80 will represent the U.S. at the competition, the senior equivalent of the Davis Cup or Fed Cup, played on red clay.

The U.S. is the defending champion of the Von Cram Cup (men 60+), Britannia Cup (men 65+), Bitsy Grant Cup (men 75+), Alice Marble Cup (women 60+), Althea Gibson Cup (women 70+) and Queens Cup (women 75+), last year also contested on clay in Antalya, Turkey.
 
The Doris Hart Cup, for women 80+, will be held in for the first time.

Following the ITF Seniors World Team Championships, the ITF World Individual Championships will take place Oct. 16-23 at the same location.

Clay and Young have been named to the Alice Marble Cup team. Clay will be the playing captain. Clay is playing on her fourth Marble Cup team, and in 2010 she captained the Marble Cup to victory in Turkey and won the USTA 60 Clay Courts. In 2011 she finished second in singles at the Clay and Hard Courts.
 
Young played an integral role in the Marble Cup team's victory in 2010, going undefeated at No. 2 singles. This year she will take the top spot on the team, having won the 2011 Clay singles (over Clay) and the 2010 Grass. She won the 2011 Clay and Grass doubles titles. Clay and Young will be joined by Martha Downing of Shingle Springs, Calif., and Molly Hahn of Belmont, Mass.

Wachob and Louie will be teammates on the Kitty Godfree Cup squad. Wachob was undefeated at No. 2 singles on the 2010 Godfree Cup team, and was a singles finalist at the 2010 and 2011 Clay Courts and the 2011 Indoors. She won the doubles titles at the 2010 Clay and 2011 Indoors.
 
Louie is playing on the Godfree Cup team for the first time. She had a solid year in doubles in 2010 and 2011, finishing third at the Clay in 2010 and 2011 and won the 2011 Grass doubles title in July. Joining them on the Godfree Cup team will be Brenda Carter of Charleston, SC, the playing captain, and Cathie Anderson of Del Mar, Calif. The USA finished second in the Kitty Godfree Cup in 2010.

The inaugural Doris Hart Cup is an all-Florida team, comprised of Lutz (captain), Russ, Stout and Brisbin. Lutz won the Clay and Hard singles in 2010 and defended her titles in 2011. She also won the 2011 Clay doubles with Russ and just added the Grass singles and doubles titles (with Russ) at Forest Hills last month.
 
Russ was a doubles finalist at the 2011 Hard (with Lutz) and 2010 Hard (with Stephens) in addition to winning the 2010 Clay doubles and 2011 Grass doubles. She was a finalist in singles at the Clay, Hard and Grass in 2010, and a singles finalist this year at the Grass.
 
Stout was a finalist in singles at the 2011 Hard and placed third at the 2011 Grass in singles.  Brisbin is currently ranked No. 3 in the USA in women's 80 singles, winning the bronze this year at the Hard and Grass, and with Stout reaching the 2011 Grass final.

Turville is the top player on the Von Cramm Cup for men 60 and over. He has yet to lose a 60s singles match, having won the Hard Courts in 2010 and 2011, the Clay in 2010 and the World Championships in 2010 in singles and doubles. He finished the year ranked No. 1 in the USA and in the world. He also won the 2010 National Clay doubles. Brian Cheney of Chandler, Ariz., is the playing captain, and Paul Wulf of Salem, Ore., and Tony Dawson of Carmel, Calif., will be his teammates.

Bachmann and Hernando will team up again on the Crawford Cup team for men 70+. Bachmann finished 2010 ranked No. 1 in the USA. He won singles titles at the 2010 Clay and the 2011 Hard and Indoors, and was a doubles finalist at the Hard and Clay.
 
Hernando won the 2010 Hard and Grass singles titles and was a doubles finalist at the 2010 Grass and 2011 Hard. They will be joined by George Sarantos of Rancho Mirage, Calif., and Henry Leichfried of Laguna Woods, Calif., the playing captain. The USA finished second in the Crawford Cup in 2010.

Van Nostrand has been named to the Bitsy Grant Cup team for men 75 and over for the third straight year. He is the current world champion in 75 singles. He won the 2010 Clay singles title and the 2010 75 singles at the outdoor European Championships.
 
His teammates will be John Powless of Madison, Wis.; Herm Ahlers of Las Vegas; and Lester Sack of New Orleans, the playing captain. 
 
2010 Team Finals:

Alice Marble Cup (W60) -- USA d. France
Kitty Godfree Cup (W65) -- Great Britain d. USA
Althea Gibson Cup (W70) -- USA d. Germany
Queens' Cup (W75) -- USA d. New Zealand
Von Cramm Cup (M60) -- USA d. Spain
Britannia Cup (M65) -- USA d. France
Jack Crawford Cup (M70) -- Austria d. USA
Bitsy Grant Cup (M75) -- USA d. Germany
Gardnar Mulloy Cup (M80) -- Canada d. USA
 
 
 

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