40 top-notch American players will compete at the 2014 ITF Senior World Team Championships.
Dubler Cup team member Mario Tabares in action at last year's Championships.
By Nicholas J. Walz, USTA.com
Forty players will represent the United States at the 34th International Tennis Federation (ITF) Seniors World Team Championships, the senior tennis equivalent of the Davis Cup and Fed Cup competitions.
The 40 American athletes will be among some 1,000 players from 39 countries, including first-time teams from China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Haiti and Venezuela. The event will be held at different clubs across the Palm Beach Gardens and Boca Raton areas in Florida, from April 21 to April 26 for the team competition and from April 27 to May 4 for the individual competition.
The U.S. team will be defending the Maureen Connolly Cup for the seventh consecutive time in the women’s 55 age division, as well as the Maria Esther Bueno Cup in the women’s 50 age group. American teams also will try to capture the elusive Italia Cup for the first time in 16 years and the Tony Trabert Cup for the first time in eight years.
This is the first time the World Championships have been hosted in Florida since 2002, when the Seniors World Championships were held in Fort Lauderdale. The event was last held in the U.S. in 2012, when it was contested in San Diego.
Below is a list of players representing the U.S. and the USTA at the 2014 ITF Seniors World Team Championships:
Italia Cup - Men’s 35 & over
Michael Halperin, Boca Raton, Fla.
Stuart “Ross” Duncan, Laguna Beach, Calif.
Jared Jacobs, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Mark S. Tepes, Medford, N.J. (Captain)
Trabert Cup – Men’s 40 & over
Guillaume Gauthier, Camarillo, Calif. (Captain)
Rick Witsken, Fishers, Ind.
Michael Chang, Anaheim, Calif.
William Quest, Ventura, Calif.
Dubler Cup – Men’s 45 & over
Jeffrey Tarango, Manhattan Beach, Calif. (Captain)
Oren Motevassel, San Jose, Calif.
Mario Tabares, Miami
Art Hernandez, Huntington Beach, Calif.
Fred Perry Cup – Men’s 50 & over
Andrew Stoner, Cave Creek, Ariz. (Captain)
Ken White, Elma, N.Y.
Mike Fedderly, Palm Desert, Calif.
Thomas Kong, Ventura, Calif.
Austria Cup – Men’s 55 & over
Dan Waldman, Washington, D.C. (Captain)
Mark Vines, Lynchburg, Va.
Wesley Cash, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Mike Tammen, Portland, Ore.
Suzanne Lenglen Cup - Women’s 35 & over
Simona Bruetting, Highlands Ranch, Colo. (Captain)
Gee Gee Garvin, Carlsbad, Calif.
Fanny Gamble, San Rafael, Calif.
Yulia Bolotova, Philadelphia
Young Cup - Women’s 40 & over
Sophie Woorons-Johnston, Anderson, S.C. (Captain)
Patricia Zerdan, Addison, Texas
Julie Cass, Austin, Texas
Vesna McKenna, Hollywood, Fla.
Margaret Court Cup - Women’s 45 & over
Jolene Watanabe, Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Jenny Klitch, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Shelly Works, San Antonio, Texas (Captain)
Alissa Finerman, Santa Monica, Calif.
Bueno Cup - Women’s 50 & over
Tracy Houk, Montara, Calif. (Captain)
Fran Chandler, Jackson, Tenn.
Judy Newman, Scotts Valley, Calif.
Vicki Vasicek Buholz, Dallas, Texas
Connolly Cup - Women’s 55 & over
Diane Barker, Daniel Island, S.C.
Susan Wright, Grand Junction, Colo.
Tina B. Karwasky, Glendale, Calif.
Carolyn Nichols, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. (Captain)