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October 6, 2011 03:21 PM
11 Florida Players on 2011 ITF U.S. Super Seniors World Team

ITF-Bitsy-Grant-Cup,-Powless,-Van-Nostrand,-Hammes,-Nelson-webThe USTA announced its players who will represent the United States at the 31st International Tennis Federation (ITF) Super-Seniors World Team Championships, including 11 players from Florida, four of who will make up the entire Doris Hart Cup (Women's 80 & over) team.

The tournament will be hosted by Club Ali Bey Manavgat on Oct. 10-15, 2011, in Antalya, Turkey. The tournament is the senior tennis equivalent to the Davis Cup and Fed Cup, with the top American tennis players representing their countries in the 60, 65, 70, 75 and 80 and older age groups. The ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships is the most coveted team event on the ITF Seniors circuit.

At this year's Super-Seniors Championships, the United States will be defending championships in six of the nine divisions: Von Cramm Cup, Britannia Cup, Bitsy Grant Cup, Alice Marble Cup, Althea Gibson Cup and Queens' Cup. The American teams finished in the top two in all nine of the divisions last year.

This year will be the first time that teams will be competing for the inaugural Doris Hart Cup for 80-and-over women competitors, named after former Grand Slam champion Doris Hart of Naples, Fla. Now 85 years old, Hart won 35 Grand Slam titles during her career, tying Louise Brough Clapp for fifth on the all-time list. Six of Hart's titles were in women's singles, 14 in women's doubles, and 15 in mixed doubles

Since the inception of the ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships in 1981, the number of competitors taking part in the tournament has increased each year. In 1993, the ITF made the decision to divide the Seniors World Championships into two groups -- Seniors (35-55) and Super-Seniors (60-80). Following the ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships, the World Individual Championships will take place October 16-23.

Below is a list of the players representing the United States at the 2011 ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships:

Von Cramm Cup-Men's 60 & over

1.  Larry Turville, Naples, FL
2.  Brian Cheney, Chandler, AZ, Captain
3.  Paul Wulf, Salem, OR
4.  Tony Dawson, Carmel, CA

Britannia Cup-Men's 65 & over

1. Jimmy Parker, Santa Fe, N.M, Captain
2. Charlie Hoeveler, Ross, CA
3. David Nash, Bloomington, MN
4..Hugh Thomson, Norcross, GA

Jack Crawford Cup-Men's 70 & over

1.  Joe Bachmann, Sarasota, FL
2.  Rudy Hernando, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
3.  George Sarantos, Rancho Mirage, CA
4.  Henry Leichtfried, Laguna Woods, CA, Captain

Bitsy Grant Cup-Men's 75 & over

1.  King Van Nostrand, Vero Beach, FL
2.  Herman Ahlers, Las Vegas, NV
3.  John Powless, Madison, WI
4.  Lester Sack, New Orleans, LA, Captain

Gardnar Mulloy Cup-Men's 80 & over

1.  Russell Seymour, Tyler TX
2.  George McCabe, Oxford, OH, Captain
3.  John Bradshaw, Indianapolis, IN
4.  Melvin Lewis, Inglewood, CA

Alice Marble Cup-Women's 60 & over

1. Kerry Young, Maitland, FL
2. Martha Downing, Shingle Springs, CA
3. Carol Clay, Ft. Lauderdale, FL., Captain
4. Molly Hahn, Belmont, MA

Kitty Godfree Cup-Women's 65 & over

1. Brenda Carter, Charleston, SC, Captain
2. Betty Wachob, Panama City, FL
3. Cathie Anderson, Del Mar, CA
4. Judy Louie, Corona del Mar, CA

Althea Gibson Cup-Women's 70 & over

1. Charleen Hillebrand, San Pedro, CA
2. Suella Steel, La Jolla, CA
3. Susanne Clark, New City, NY
4. Sheila Weinstock, Framingham, MA, Captain

Queens' Cup-Women's 75 & over

1. Dorothy Matthiessen, Pasadena, CA
2. Dori de Vries, Reno, Nev.
3. Burnett Herrick, Tarboro, NC
4. Carol Wood, Rockville, Md. Captain

Doris Hart Cup-Women's 80 & over

1. Doris "Jane" Lutz, Sarasota, FL, Captain
2. Louise Russ, Boca Raton, FL
3. Nancy Stout, Sarasota, FL
4. Joan Brisbin, Naples, FL

College Tennis Showcase in Sunrise, Fla.

The 2011 USP International College Tennis Showcase, a chance for high school juniors and seniors to strut their stuff for college coaches, will be held on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 2011, at the Sunrise Tennis Academy at Welleby in Sunrise, Fla.

Session I will be held on Nov. 30, and Session II on Dec. 1, both from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $100 per session.

The event features more than 250 college coaches invited to watch top national and international players, a recruiting seminar and college tennis package for all participants, and individual player profiles provided to each college coach.

"It is a great opportunity to be recruited and receive scholarship offers," say organizers. Past participating colleges and universities include East Carolina, Akron, Arkansas, St. Thomas, California at Pennsylvania, Miami, Kansas, Coastal Carolina, Fair1eigh Dickinson, TCU, NJ Technological, Nova SE University, Florida Internationals, Louisville, Bary, Jacksonville, Seton Hall, Central Florida, St. Bonaventure, Quinnepiac Lhiversity, UNC at Greeneboro, Tennessee, Southern Illinois, Ohio State, and Palm Beach Atlantic.

For more information visit www.universitysports.com.






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