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Chang Competes, U.S. Wins 3 Cups at ITF Senior World Team Chps.

April 29, 2014 09:21 AM
ITF-SENIORS-LOGO-2014-FINAL-PNGTwo Floridians placed on first-place teams, and former world No. 2 Michael Chang and fellow ATP player Jeff Tarango were among the competitors at the 34th ITF Seniors World Team Championships in April at clubs across the Palm Beach Gardens and Boca Raton areas in Florida.

The United States had a strong showing by winning three Cups and finishing runner-up in two others. The American teams retained the Maureen Connolly Cup (Women's 55) for the eighth consecutive year and Margaret Court Cup (Women's 45) for the second time. The Americans also claimed the Dubler Cup (Men's 45) after finishing second last year.

In addition, U.S. teams also finished runners-up for the Maria Esther Bueno Cup (Women's 50) and Austria Cup (Men's 55).  Approximately 1,000 players from 39 countries competed in the event, the senior version of the Davis and Fed Cup competitions.
 
For the fourth consecutive year the U.S. successfully defeated Great Britain in the final of the Maureen Connolly Cup, this time by a score of 2-1. The U.S. team regained the Margaret Court Cup title by beating France 2-0 in the final. The Dubler Cup featured a rematch of last year's finalists, with the U.S. this time coming out on top 2-1 this year.

The ITF Seniors World Team Championships is the top team event on the ITF Seniors circuit. Since its inception in 1981, the number of competitors attracted to this event has increased each year. In 1993, the ITF divided the Seniors World Championships into two groups -- Seniors (35 to 55-plus) and Super-Seniors (60 to 80-plus for men and 60 to 75-plus for women).
 
Following the ITF Seniors World Team Championships, the World Individual Championships will take place from April 27-May, 4.
 
Below is a list of the top U.S. team results at the 2014 ITF Seniors World Team Championships:
 
Margaret Court Cup -- Women's 45 & over (1st Place, USA def. France 2-1)
Jolene Watanabe, Hilton Head Island, SC
Jenny Klitch, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Shelly Works, San Antonio, TX (Captain)
Alissa Finerman, Santa Monica, CA
 
Maureen Connolly Cup -- Women's 55 & over (1st Place, USA def. Great Britain 2-1)
Diane Barker, Daniel Island, SC
Susan Wright, Grand Junction, CO
Tina B. Karwasky, Glendale, CA
Carolyn Nichols, Rancho Santa Fe, CA (Captain)
 
Dubler Cup -- Men's 45 & over (1st Place, USA def. France 2-1)
Jeffrey Tarango, Manhattan Beach, CA (Captain)
Mario Tabares, Miami, FL
Oren Motevassel, San Jose, CA
Art Hernandez, Huntington Beach, CA
 
Maria Esther Bueno Cup -- Women's 50 & over (2nd Place, France def. USA 2-0)
Tracy Houk, Montara, CA (Captain)
Fran Chandler, Jackson, TN
Judy Newman, Scotts Valley, CA
Vicki Vasicek Buholz, Dallas, TX

Austria Cup -- Men's 55 & over (2nd Place, Australia def. USA 2-1)
Dan Waldman, Washington, DC (Captain)
Wesley Cash, Chattanooga, TN
Mike Tammen, Portland, OR
Mark Vines, Lynchburg, VA
 
Italia Cup -- Men's 35 & over (6th Place)
Michael Halperin, Boca Raton, FL
Stuart "Ross" Duncan, Laguna Beach, CA
Jared Jacobs, Scottsdale, AZ
Mark S. Tepes, Medford, NJ (Captain)
 
Tony Trabert Cup -- Men's 40 & over (7th Place)
Guillaume Gauthier, Camarillo, CA (Captain)
Rick Witsken, Fishers, IN
Michael Chang, Anaheim, CA
William Quest, Ventura, CA
 
Fred Perry Cup -- Men's 50 & over (4th Place)
Andrew Stoner, Cave Creek, AZ (Captain)
Ken White, Elma, NY
Mike Fedderly, Palm Desert, CA
Thomas Kong, Ventura, CA
 
Suzanne Lenglen Cup -- Women's 35 & over (9th Place)
Simona Bruetting, Highlands Ranch, CO (Captain)
Gee Gee Garvin, Carlsbad, CA
Fanny Gamble, San Rafael, CA
Yulia Bolotova, Philadelphia, PA
 
Young Cup -- Women's 40 & over (4th Place)
Sophie Woorons-Johnston, Anderson, SC (Captain)
Patricia Zerdan, Addison, TX
Julie Cass, Austin, TX
Vesna McKenna, Hollywood, FL
 
 

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