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12 Florida Players to Represent U.S. at Senior Int. Tennis Chps.

September 2, 2010 01:07 PM
Donna Fales
Carol Clay
Rudy Hernando
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Kerry Young
Larry Turville
Betty Wachob
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Joe Bachmann
Clem Hopp
Fred Farzanegan
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King and Boots Van Nostrand
Twelve Florida "Super Senior" tennis players from nine Florida cities will represent the U.S. on Oct. 11-16, 2010, in Antalya, Turkey, at the 30th annual International Tennis Federation (ITF) Super Senior International Team Championships. The event is the senior tennis equivalent of the Davis Cup or Fed Cup, with the top tennis players in age divisions 60-80 (men) and 60-75 (women) representing their countries.

Selected by the USTA to represent the U.S. from Florida will be:

Donna Fales -- Coral Gables
Carol Clay -- Ft. Lauderdale
Rudy Hernando -- Ft. Lauderdale
Kerry Young -- Maitland
Larry Turville -- Naples
Betty Wachob -- Panama City
Ria Graham -- Port Richey
Joe Bachmann -- Sarasota
Clem Hopp -- Sarasota
Fred Farzanegan -- Tampa
King Van Nostrand -- Vero Beach
Boots Van Nostrand -- Vero Beach

The U.S. is the defending champion of the Britannia Cup for men 65 and over, and the Bitsy Grant Cup for men 75 and over. Following the ITF Seniors World Team Championships, the ITF World Individual Championships will take place Oct. 17-24 at the same location.

Clay will be the playing captain for the Alice Marble Cup for women 60 and over. Clay is playing on her third Marble Cup team, and having a career year in senior tennis. She reached the finals of two Grandes Dames tournaments this year, notching her first and second wins over teammate Brenda Carter of Charleston, S.C. She followed that up by winning her first national singles final in April, beating world No. 1 and teammate Martha Downing of Shingle Springs, Calif., in the final.

Young was a member of the winning Maureen Connolly Cup team (for women 55 and over) earlier this year. She beat Clay to win both the BallenIsles and Spring Grandes Dames singles titles earlier this year and won the USTA 55 National Grass doubles in 2009. The U.S. finished third in the Marble Cup competition in 2009, playing on artificial grass in Perth, Australia.

Wachob will be the playing captain for the Kitty Godfree Cup for women 65 and over. She has played on numerous Cup teams and is new to this division. She has had a great start to the year, winning the Checket Cup for women 65 and over, the doubles at the National Clay in March, and was a finalist there in singles. The U.S. finished third in the 2009 Godfree Cup competition in Perth, Australia.

Fales will be the playing captain for the Althea Gibson Cup for women 70 and over. She won the National 70 Clay Courts in April in singles and doubles, winning the singles final over teammate Dori deVries of Reno, Nev. She was a member of the 2009 Kitty Godfree Cup team.

Graham has been named to her first Althea Gibson Cup team. A native of the Netherlands, Graham has had a solid record the past two years, placing fifth at the Clay Courts and third in doubles with teammate Carol Wood of Rockville, Md. She won the 2009 Spring Grandes Dames over then-world-No. 1 Nanda Fischer and successfully defended her title there this year. She was a finalist this year and last at the BallenIsles Grandes Dames tournament. She is currently ranked No. 3 in the U.S. in 70 singles. The U.S. Althea Gibson Cup team finished third in 2009 in Perth.

Van Nostrand will captain the Queens Cup for women 75 and over for the second straight year. She will join her husband, King, in Turkey. She has had an excellent year in 2009, winning the Checket Cup and reaching the final of the  National Clay, and the National Indoors in singles. In 2010 she was again a finalist at the Clay Courts and was a finalist at the Checket Cup.  The U.S. Queens Cup team looks to regain the Cup it won in 2008. In 2009 the U.S. reached the final of the Queens Cup in Perth.

Turville is the top player on the Von Cramm Cup for men 60 and over. He has dominated his division this year, winning the National Clay and Hard Courts in singles without coming close to dropping a set, and is currently ranked No. 1 in the U.S. He also won the National Clay doubles with teammate Neal Newman of Columbus, Ohio. The U.S. finished second in the Von Cramm Cup competition in 2009 in Perth.

Turville's roots in Florida, national and international tennis are deep -- his father is a former president of the USTA, and Larry was a top collegiate player at Georgia Tech, and later coached at Rice University. He was also a co-founder of the WATCH Circuit, which presaged the USTA Pro Circuit. 

Farzanegan will captain the Jack Crawford Cup for men 70 and over for the second straight year. Farzanegan won the 2009 National Clay Courts, his preferred surface, but starred on the grass in Perth, where he won his first world singles title.

Hernando of the Jack Crawford Cup team was derailed in 2009 by a shoulder injury but has come back stronger than ever in 2010. Hernando won the National 70s Hard Courts in June, and the prestigious Atlanta Senior Invitational in May. 

Bachmann is new to the Jack Crawford Cup division, and has accumulated an impressive resume this year already, winning the National 70 indoor singles, and the Super Category II tournaments in Naples and St. Petersburg. He is currently ranked No. 1 in the men?s 70 division. The U.S. finished third in the Crawford Cup in 2009 in Perth.

Van Nostrand has been named to the Bitsy Grant Cup team for men 75 and over for the second straight year. He is the current world champion in 75 singles, where he beat his teammate, John Powless of Madison, Wis., in the final. He won the 2009 National Men's 75 singles, and won the 75 singles at the European Championships in Austria in June. Van Nostrand was undefeated at No. 1 singles on the 2009 Grant Cup team. The U.S. Grant Cup team is the defending champion.

Hopp has been named to the Gardnar Mulloy Cup team for the third straight year. He is currently ranked No. 1 in the men's 80s in the USA and No. 2 in the ITF world rankings. He won the 2009 National Hard Courts and was a finalist this year at the European Championships. The U.S. Mulloy Cup team finished second in 2009 in Perth. 






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