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One loss since 2003??

July 20, 2005 10:50 AM
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Louise Russ of Boca Raton has earned a place in the tennis spotlight, winning all but one of her singles and doubles matches since the beginning of 2004!  Louise was a 2004 National Grand Slam Champion for the Women’s 75s, winning both singles and doubles with partner Louise Owen.  Most recently, Louise won the Florida State Closed Tournament, Women’s 70s singles on June 23 at the Lauderdale Tennis Club in Ft. Lauderdale.

In October 2004, Louise was Captain of the Queen's Cup at the International Tennis Federation (ITF) World Team Matches in Philadelphia, PA, winning the Women’s 75 singles and doubles with partner Louise Owen.  Louise had the distinction of winning all 30 of her matches played in 2004; quite an accomplishment.

2005 has been little different for Louise.  She has defended and won many of the titles that she won in 2004.  And surface does not seem to affect Louise’s success in the least: she has defended her clay court, indoor hard court, and even grass court championships.  She has defeated players across the nation and beyond, from California to Florida, to Missouri, Pennsylvania and Texas, even Austria for the European Open in June 2004 and 2005!

Louise has been invited to attend the United States Tennis Association (USTA) annual meeting in New York this September to be honored for winning the 2004 Grand Slam.  She will most likely be the Captain of the Queen's Cup again this year at the 2005 ITF World Team Matches in Ali Bey, Turkey, providing Louise with another opportunity to defeat players from across the world.

“Encouraging people to begin playing the game, (young and old,) is great for social relationships and health,” Louise said.  “Tennis is great for building character!!”

Louise, mother of two sons and a daughter, and grandmother to 12 youngsters, was a public school teacher for 30 years.  While away from the Tennis court, Louise finds time to substitute teach at local elementary schools.  Louise has a blessed and pleasant history.  The late Mr. Russ was a pastor, and together he and Louise developed and maintained two schools within his churches.  Louise’s parents and grandparents were missionaries in China.

Louise has been playing tennis since she was seven years old.  Her father, a great athlete, encouraged Louise to play tennis at this young age, and a family friend, Don Budge, graciously gave Louise lessons free of charge.  This is something Louise will forever be grateful.
 

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