ORLANDO, Fla., October 16, 2017 – American teams including six Southern Californians had a historic week at the USTA National Campus at Lake Nona in Orlando, Fla. as teams won seven of the nine titles at the 37th International Tennis Federation (ITF) Super-Seniors World Team Championships. The women’s team swept the four women’s divisions and the men won three of five divisions, including the inaugural men’s 85-and-over division.
The tournament is the senior tennis equivalent of the Davis Cup and Fed Cup competitions, with top American tennis players representing their country in the 65-, 70-, 75-, 80- and 85- and-over age groups. This is the first time that the event will feature the men’s 85-and-over division. The ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships is the most prestigious team event on the ITF Seniors circuit.
The U.S. brought home the titles in the Kitty Godfree Cup (Women’s 65 & over), Althea Gibson Cup (Women’s 70 & over), Queens’ Cup (Women’s 75 & over) and Doris Hart Cup (Women’s 80 & over), Britannia Cup (Men’s 65 & over), Gardnar Mulloy Cup (Men’s 80 & over) and Men’s 85 Cup. This was the eighth consecutive year that the U.S. team triumphed in the Queens’ Cup, the third consecutive year for the Doris Hart Cup and marked the sixth Gardnar Mulloy Cup victory in the last seven years.
Following the ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships, the World Individual Championships will be held Oct. 14-21, also at the USTA National Campus.
Jack Crawford Cup – Men’s 70 & over – Result: Fifth place (draw with Canada)
1. Michael Beautyman, Flourtown, Pa.
2. Leslie Buck, Asheville, N.C.
3. Jimmy Parker, Santa Fe, N.M., Captain
4. Dean Corley, Aliso Viejo, Calif.
Kitty Godfree Cup – Women’s 65 & over – Result: CHAMPION (USA def. Austria 2-1)
1. Tina Karwasky, Glendale, Calif.
2. Wendy McClosky, Durham, N.C.
3. Molly Hahn, Belmont, Mass., Captain
4. Victoria McEvoy, Cambridge, Mass.
Queens’ Cup – Women’s 75 & over – Result: CHAMPION (USA def. Great Britain 2-1)
1. Charleen Hillebrand, Harbor City, Calif.
2. Cathie Anderson, Del Mar, Calif.
3. Suella Steel, La Jolla, Calif., Captain
4. Susanne Clark, New City, N.Y.
Doris Hart Cup – Women’s 80 & over – Result: CHAMPION (USA def. Canada 2-1)
1. Roz King, San Diego, Calif.
2. Doris DeVries, Reno, Nev.
3. Carol Wood, Rockville, Md., Captain
4. Burnette Herrick, Tarboro, N.C.