U.S. teams chosen for ITF Young Seniors Championships

Jackie Finn | April 22, 2016

Team USA is set to send 24 top athletes to Umag, Croatia, to represent the U.S. in the inaugural ITF Young Seniors World Team Championships, May 1-6.


The ITF Young Seniors World Team Championships, which is the senior equivalent of Davis Cup and Fed Cup competitions, is the highest-ranked event on the ITF Seniors Circuit for men and women in age categories 35-45. Team USA will compete against players from 30 other countries.


The American women, led by ITF senior team stalwarts Julie Cass and captain Jolene Watanabe, will look to capture a second Margaret Court Cup title in three years for the U.S.


Following the ITF Young Seniors World Team Championships, the World Individual Championships will be held May 7-14.

Below is a list of players representing the United States in each competition:


Italia Cup – Men’s 35 & over
1.   Stuart “Ross” Duncan, Laguna Beach, Calif. (Captain)
2.   Mark Tepes, Medford, N.J.
3.   Alex Wong, Newton, Mass.
4.   Marcio Pepe, Laguna Hills, Calif.
Trabert Cup – Men’s 40 & over
1.    Tony Bujan, Tustin, Calif.
2.    Michael Chang, Anaheim, Calif. (Captain)
3.    Chris Groer, Knoxville, Tenn.
4.    Jared Jacobs, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Dubler Cup – Men’s 45 & over
1.    Ricardo Mena, Key Biscayne, Fla.
2.    Eoin Collins, Houston (Captain)
3.    Willie Dann, Denver, N.C.
4.    Kamil Kuchta, Boynton Beach, Fla.
Suzanne Lenglen Cup -Women’s 35 & over
1.    Katerina Stanford, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (Captain)
2.    Kaysie Smashey, San Angelo, Texas
3.    Nancy Hillard, Corpus Christi, Texas
4.    Yulia Bolotova, Philadelphia
Young Cup - Women’s 40 & over
1.    Jennifer Dawson, Carlsbad, Calif.
2.    Simona Bruetting, Highlands Ranch, Colo. (Captain)
3.    Mercedes Michel, New York
4.    Trish Riddell, Lakeland, Fla.
Margaret Court Cup -Women’s 45 & over
1.    Julie Cass, Austin, Texas
2.    Jolene Watanabe, Hilton Head, S.C. (Captain)
3.    Debbie Spence-Nasim, Carlsbad, Calif.
4.    Alissa Finerman, Santa Monica, Calif


*Ed. Note: An earlier version of this story misidentified Trabert Cup captain Michael Chang. 



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