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Florida Players Add Strength to 2004 US Senior International Teams

August 23, 2004 09:43 AM

Teams to Represent the USA In Philadelphia September 13-18, 2004

Each team representing the USA at the International Tennis Federation Senior Invitational Tournament, September 13 to 18 in Philadelphia, is composed of 4 players, one of whom as been selected as a playing captain.  Only for the men’s 80’s, the Gardnar Mulloy Cup is there a non-playing captain, Gardnar Mulloy of Miami.

The men’s 65 and over team (The Britannia Cup Team) has two representatives from Ft. Lauderdale, Robert Helton and Rudy Hernando.  Clem Hopp of Sarasota is playing on the 75 and over team, the Bitsy Grant Cup Team.

For the women’s teams, Trish Faulkner of Palm Beach Gardens is playing on the Maureen Connolly Cup Team (55 and over), Nancy Reed of Winter Park and Yvonne (Boots) Van Nostrand (70 and over) are playing on the Althea Gibson Cup Team.  Boots is also the Captain of the team.  Another Florida Captain is Louise Russ of Boca Raton for the Queen’s Cup Team of ladies 75 and over.

Boots Van Nostrand of Vero Beach, FL.
Boots Van Nostrand and Nancy Reed of the Althea Cup Team (70’s) offer up some of Florida’s best senior tennis to represent the USA.  Boots, captain of team, is currently ranked #9 in the world in Women’s 70 tennis. This year she reached the doubles final of the National 70 Clay Courts in Diamondhead, MS, and placed third in singles. She won the European Singles championships in June in Austria.  Nancy Reed was ranked in the top 30 by the USTA from 1964-70. Tennis Magazine named her the Senior Player of the Year in 1983. She was ranked #1 in every age division from 35-60 by the USTA and also won the singles and doubles in 1999 at the World Vets Championships.  This year she was the winner of the 2003 National Clay Court championships in singles, and was a singles and doubles finalist at the National Grass Court Championships in the 70’s.  She was a key player on the US Kitty Godfree Cup team for women 65 and over from 1999-2001, and a member of the winning 2004 Gibson Cup team (where she went undefeated at #2 singles). She brings a depth of successful competitive tennis skills, to this year’s US Women’s 70 team. As one of only four players chosen from the US’s top women’s senior players, she will give the US strength, versatility and major international tournament experience. The US won the Althea Gibson Cup in 1998, 2000 and 2002-3.

Nancy Reed of Winter Park, FL.
In addition to tennis play, we also wish to praise Nancy for all her volunteer efforts in behalf of USA Tennis Florida and the USTA.  In 1999 she received the prestigious USTA Service Bowl Award honoring the player who makes the most notable contribution to the sportsmanship, fellowship and service of tennis. She currently is the women’s vice-chair of the Senior International Committee and a member of the Adult/Senior Competition Committee for the USTA. She is a member of the following Halls of Fame: Intercollegiate (Tennis), Central Florida (Sports), Florida Tennis Association, Washington DC (Tennis) and Rollins College (Sports).

Congratulations to all our Florida representatives and good luck!

> View complete men’s teams’ rosters

> View complete women’s teams’ rosters
 

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