U.S. returning to ITF Senior, Super-Senior World Championships
For the first time in three years, the United States is heading back to international tennis competition at the senior and super-senior level. Later this month, 16 U.S. teams will head to Palm Beach County, Fla. to compete in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Senior and Super-Seniors World Team Championships, the pinnacle of competition for tennis players over age 50.
The tournament is the senior tennis equivalent of the Davis Cup and Billie Jean King Cup competitions, and top players represent their country in the senior and super-senior divisions. The senior division consists of the 50-, 55- and 60-and-over age groups, while the super-senior division consists of those 65-, 70-, 75-, 80- and 85-and-over.
The U.S. last competed in this competition in 2019 prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, and will look to reclaim some of the hardware it won then. Three years ago, the U.S. won five of the 10 titles on offer overall in the super-senior bracket, coming home with the Kitty Godfree Cup (women’s 65 & over), the Althea Gibson Cup (women’s 70 & over), the Angela Mortimer Cup (women’s 85 & over), the Bitsy Grant Cup (men’s 75 & over) and the Lorne Main Cup (men’s 85 & over). The U.S. also finished runner-up in the women's 75-and-over and 80-and-over divisions that year.
The ITF Super-Senior World Championships will be played from April 24-29, while the individual championships will be held from April 30 to May 7. The ITF Seniors World Team Championships will be played from May 1-6, and the individual championships will follow from May 7-14.
Fred Perry Cup - Men's 50 & over
1. Dana Gill, San Jose, Calif.
2. Eoin Collins, Houston, Captain
3. Michael Noel, Bakersfield, Calif.
4. Willie Dann, Denver, N.C.
Austria Cup - Men's 55 & over
1. Andrew Stoner, Cave Creek, Ariz.
2. Art Hernandez, Huntington Beach, Calif., Captain
3. Jeffrey Chambers, Treasure Island, Fla.
4. Oren Motevassel, Delray Beach, Fla.
Von Cramm Cup - Men's 60 & over
1. Bill Moss, Malibu, Calif.
2. John Saviano, Los Altos Hills, Calif.
3. Michael Tammen, Portland, Ore., Captain
4. Stu Saiki, Orlando, Fla.
Britannia Cup - Men's 65 & over
1. David Waldman, Washington D.C., Captain
2. Mark Vines, Naples, Fla.
3. Michael Magale, Garden City, Idaho
4. Toby Crabel, Beverly Hills, Calif.
Jack Crawford Cup - Men's 70 & over
1. David Sivertson, La Quinta, Calif., Captain
2. Marc Mazo, Clearwater, Fla.
3. Paul Wulf, Salem, Ore.
4. Robert Litwin, Lafayette, Colo.
Bitsy Grant Cup - Men's 75 & over
1. Don Long, Rochester, N.Y., Captain
2. Geoffrey Moore, Boynton Beach, Fla.
3. Les Buck, Henderson, Nev.
4. Michael Beautyman, Lake Worth, Fla.
Gardnar Mulloy Cup - Men's 80 & over
1. Fred Drilling, Estero, Fla.
2. Ivo Barbic, Atlanta, Ga.
3. Robert Quall, Merced, Calif., Captain
4. Michael Stewart, Garner, N.C.
Lorne Main Cup - Men's 85 & over
1. George McCabe, Oxford, Ohio, Captain
2. Herman Ahlers, Las Vegas, Nev.
3. Jerald Hayes, Westfield, Ind.
4. King Van Nostrand, Vero Beach, Fla.
Maria Esther Bueno Cup - Women's 50 & over
1. Anna Maria Zimmerman, Indianapolis, Ind.
2. Debbie Spence Nasim, Cardiff, Calif., Captain
3. Jennifer Rens Keller, La Jolla, Calif.
4. Julie Cass, Austin, Texas
Maureen Connolly Cup - Women's 55 & over
1. Jenny Klitch, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Captain
2. Judy Newman, Scotts Valley, Calif.
3. Rene Saheim, Peachtree City, Ga.
4. Shelly Works, San Antonio
Alice Marble Cup - Women's 60 & over
1. Frances Chandler, Jackson, Tenn., Captain
2. Gayle Coffey Prejean, Dallas
3. Mary Dailey, Delray Beach, Fla.
4. Vicki Buholz, Dallas
Kitty Godfree Cup - Women's 65 & over
1. Bunnie Jackson, Bluffton, S.C.
2. Carolyn Nichols, Rancho Santa Fe, N.M., Captain
3. Diane Barker, Daniel Island, S.C.
4. Susan Wright, Orlando, Fla.
Althea Gibson Cup - Women's 70 & over
1. Judy Dixon, Amherst, Mass., Captain
2. Tina Karwasky, Glendale, Calif.
3. Toni Novack, Naples, Fla.
4. Wendy McColskey, Durham, N.C.
Queens' Cup - Women's 75 & over
1. Betty Wachob, Panama City, Fla., Captain
2. Carolann Castell, Kirkland, Wash.
3. Carol Gay, San Diego, Calif.
4. Susan Kimball, Oak Bluffs, Mass.
Doris Hart Cup - Women's 80 & over
1. Cathie Anderson, Del Mar, Calif., Captain
2. Suella Steel, La Jolla, Calif.
3. Suzanne Clark, New City, N.Y.
4. Sheila Weinstock, Weston, Mass.
Angela Mortimer Cup - Women's 85 & over
1. Carol Wood, Rockville, Md., Captain
2. Doris DeVries, Palm Desert, Calif.
3. Dorothy Wasser, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
4. Roz King, San Diego, Calif.
Team USA also competes in ITF-sanctioned international competition at the Young Senior (35, 40, 45) level. For more information on all senior international events, click here.