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Van Nostrand Wins World Title; Captains Team to Final

October 11, 2004 10:17 AM

Joins Husband in Winning World Title

Yvonne (Boots) and King Van Nostrand at the ITF Senior World Championships


Yvonne (Boots) Van Nostrand of Vero Beach, FL, captained the 2004 US Women’s 70 tennis Team to a second place finish in the Althea Gibson Cup Team competition in Philadelphia.  Another well known Floridian champion, Nancy Reed, also competed on USA's Althea Gibson Cup Team.  The United States team competed in this year’s prestigious Althea Gibson Cup tennis competition in Philadelphia, PA at the Philadelphia Cricket Club, September 12-18. The US faced some of the best women’s tennis teams in the world. The Althea Gibson Cup is an international tennis competition for women age 70 and older sponsored annually by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

The US Team reached the final against Australia, in Philadelphia, where they fell to Australia 2 matches to none. Mrs. Van Nostrand played #1 singles and lost in 3 sets to Margaret Robinson.

The following week, September 19-26, Mrs. Van Nostrand played in the individual world championships, also on clay at the Philadelphia Cricket Club. Seeded #1, she made her way to the final of the women’s 70 singles, where she again faced Robinson. This time she avenged her loss, winning a 75 76 in 3 hours. The next day, her husband, King Van Nostrand won the men’s 70 and over division. This was the first time a husband and wife won the world championships in the same year. They also each won the 70’s division at the European Championships in Austria in June.

Their daughter Molly was a top ranked US and world ranked (#37) player for many years, and a Wimbledon quarterfinalist. Their son John was also a professional tennis player and won several ATP doubles titles during his career.

 

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