Chang, Currie, Duncan, Garvin, Pepe & Spence-Nasim Playing For US

Marcio Pepe

Marcio Pepe

Six Southern Californians will represent the US in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Young Seniors World Championships in Antalya, Turkey, March 16th – 21st. The event, which is the senior equivalent of the Davis/Fed Cup competitions, will be played on red clay.

Marcio Pepe of Laguna Hills and Ross Duncan of Laguna Beach are members of the Men’s 35 Italia Cup team. Pepe, who is making his cup debut, is the top US player, while Duncan, the playing captain, is making his fourth consecutive appearance. Gee Gee Garvin of Carlsbad, (also a playing captain), is on the Women’s 35 Suzanne Lenglen Cup team. A member of the USTA National Adult Senior Competition Committee, Garvin was the 2014 ITF doubles winner with Simona Bruetting of Highland Ranch, Colorado.

Ross Duncan

Ross Duncan

Tracie Currie of Ventura and Debbie Spence-Nasim of Carlsbad are Women’s 40 Young Cup participants. The duo won the National Hard Court doubles in 2013. Both performers have played signification roles in Southern California Intersectional victories in recent years.

Michael Chang of Anaheim will captain and play for the Men’s 45 Tony Trabert Cup team. In January, Chang distinguished himself, taking the ASICS World Tennis Classic Men’s 40 title. He was also a National Men’s 40 Hard Court finalist in 2013.

Cup teams consist of four players from throughout the country who have been selected based on their USTA 2013 and ’14 senior tournament results. In last year’s competition, the US won the Dubler Cup. The Young Cup team finished fourth; the Italia Cup squad sixth; and the Lenglen Cup ninth.

Michael Chang, Tracie Currie, Ross Duncan, Gee Gee Garvin, Marcio Pepe and Debbie Spence-Nasim are focused on bettering the 2014 US showing at the Young Seniors World Championships.

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