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USTA National Women’s 65, 75 & 85 Indoor Championships

June 4, 2007 02:53 PM

Three-time defending singles champion, Louise Russ from Boca Raton, paired up with Marietta Boswell from Damascus, Md., to claim the 75s doubles crown at the USTA National Women's 65, 75 & 85 Indoor Championships May 29-June 3 in Overland Park, Ks.  The duo defeated 2006 champs Angela Ray (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Jeannette Weiland (Charleston, S.C.) in the final of a nip-and-tuck 6-7, 7-5, 6-4 match at Midtown Tennis Club.

Fifty nine players from 20 different US states played in the weeklong event, including several from the USTA Florida section.  Russ, on her way to claim a fourth straight singles indoor championship title, was stopped short by her doubles teammate Marietta Boswell, who played an almost perfect match and defeated Russ 6-1, 6-1 in the final.

“Mary and I have played against each other quite a few times before,” said Russ.  “She is so strong, so good, and in great shape.  It was a very tough match and Mary held up her end very well.”

Doris Lutz from Sarasota had a strong run at the tournament; however she was also cut short by eventual champion Boswell 6-1, 6-1 in the semifinals.  Other players from the USTA Florida section included Rosemarie Livings from Vero Beach, who competed in women’s 65s singles and doubles, and Nancy Stout from Sarasota who competed in 75s singles and doubles.  GET COMPLETE TOURNAMENT RESULTS NOW.

The Women's Indoor Championships celebrated its 27th anniversary in the Kansas City area, and 26th at the host site Midtown Tennis Club. The tournament is a national championship age group event open to women 65-and-older and is part of four National USTA tournaments for competitive senior players.

“People are so friendly at this tournament, and I just really enjoy it,” said Russ, 77, who truly epitomizes that tennis is a sport of a lifetime.  “The longevity of friendships you make in tennis is amazing.”

Russ has a list of achievements in tennis worth recognizing, and her friendships are something she cherishes just as much.  Since winning her first tournament at the tender age of nine nearly 70 years ago, Louise has continued her love affair with the sport. 

2004 marked Russ’s peak year in tennis when she won all four USTA National Championships in her age division, winning the singles and doubles titles on hard court, grass, clay and indoor surfaces.  In 2004, the USTA invited Louise to their semiannual meeting where they honored her with the Gold Slam Award, and sent her to the US Open.  This award recognizes adult and senior competitive players who have won all of the national championships played in the same division throughout the year. 

Louise has been named USTA Florida Female Player of the Year in 2000 and 2005 and has traveled all the way to Ali Bey, Turkey, to represent the USA in numerous winning ITF World Team Championship teams, including the Queens Cup squad and the Althea Gibson Cup team.  Tennis truly is a sport for people of all ages, and despite Louise’s overwhelming success, she continues to show humility and appreciation for the sport which has given her these opportunities.

Congratulations to all players for their tireless tennis efforts, and keep up the inspiring work!     






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