Three Southern California senior players recently took part in the ITF Seniors World Team Championships, the senior equivalent of tennis’ Davis Cup and Fed Cup competitions. The ITF Seniors World Team Championships, the highest-ranked event on the ITF Seniors Circuit for male and female players in the age categories 50-60, took place over the past week in Helsinki, Finland.
Carolyn Nichols of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., and Tina Karwasky each led the Alice Marble Cup team to the championship at the ITF Senior World Team Championships.
In the Alice Marble Cup final, the American women beat France, 2-0, to retain the cup they won last year. Both Karwasky and Nichols won singles matches to clinch the Cup.
The U.S. finished runners-up in the Maria Esther Bueno Cup (Women’s 50) and Von Cramm Cup (Men’s 60). The Maria Esther Bueno Cup saw France beat the American’s, 3-0, in the final, and in the Von Cramm Cup, the U.S. lost to Australia, 2-1.
Palm Desert’s Michael Fedderly led the Austria Cup (Men’s 55) team to a third-place finish.
The ITF Seniors World Individual Championships are currently being held now through July 2, also in Helsinki.
Alice Marble Cup – Women’s 60 & over (1st Place – USA d. France, 2-0)
- Tina B. Karwasky, Glendale, Calif.
- Carolyn Nichols, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
- Wendy McColskey, Durham, N.C.
- Sherri Bronson, Scottsdale, Ariz. (Captain)
Austria Cup – Men’s 55 & over (3rd Place – USA d. Great Britain, 3-0)
- Michael Tammen, Portland, Ore. (Captain)
- Val Wilder, Fort Worth, Texas
- Michael Fedderly, Palm Desert, Calif.
- Alex Behar, Trophy Club, Texas