Local tennis star named to Connolly Cup team

RANCHO SANTA FE — The United States Tennis Association recently announced the selection of Carolyn Nichols of Rancho Santa Fe as a member, and the playing captain, of the U.S. Maureen Connolly Cup Team for women 55-and-older.
Nichols will represent the United States at the 30th International Tennis Federation Seniors World Championships on the red clay courts of Mexico City March 29 through April 3. Nichols is one of four players selected to the team, chosen by the USTA from all American players in the age group, based on outstanding performance.
Nichols finished 2009 ranked No. 2 in the U.S. in 50-and-over singles and No. 5 in doubles. As of Feb. 1, she is No. 6 in the world in 55-and-over singles but also finished 2008 ranked No. 2 in the world in 50 singles.
She has won 18 national championships and has been active in international team competitions. Her selection to the 2010 Connolly Cup team marks her 13th year of representing the U.S. The team has won the championship eight of those times, and all have finished in the top three. This is also Nichols’ fourth time as captain.
Nichols has represented both the sport and her fellow competitors, while running a Web site for senior tennis both nationally and internationally at www.carolynnichols.com.


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