Americans finish strong at ITF seniors tourney

COAST CITIES — The United States retained the Maureen Connolly Cup for the seventh consecutive time in the women’s 55-age division; in addition to reclaiming the Maria Esther Bueno Cup in the women’s 50-age group at the 33rd Imternational Tennis Federation Seniors World Team Championships, held in Antalya, Turkey, from March 18 through March 23.Approximately 1,000 players from 31 countries competed in the event, equivalent to the senior version of the Davis and Fed Cup competitions.

The U.S. successfully defeated Great Britain 2-0 in the finals of the Maureen Connolly Cup for the third consecutive year. In addition, the U.S. team also regained the Maria Esther Bueno Cup title by beating France 2-1 in the finals. Elsewhere, the Americans finished runner-up in the Dubler Cup (Men’s 45), and the Austria Cup (Men’s 55).

The ITF Seniors World Team Championships is the top team event on the ITF Seniors circuit. Since its inception in 1981, the number of competitors attracted to this event has increased each year. In 1993, the ITF divided the Seniors World Championships into two groups – Seniors (35 to 55-plus) and Super-Seniors (60 to 80-plus for men and 60 to 75-plus for women).

Following the ITF Seniors World Team Championships, the World Individual Championships followed March 24 through March 31, again in Antalya.

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