AWARDS & ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
... The NSWTA Championships/Anne Geier Cup held in Charleston in April was voted South Carolina Tournament of the Year.
... Erin Boynton, the Tournament Physician responsible last year for the overall medical care of the WTA’s Rogers Cup/Toronto tournament, was chosen to receive the World Tennis Association’s Irving Glick award of Excellence. This is the WTA Sport Sciences and Medicine Department highest honor, which is in memory of the accomplishments of Dr. Glick, the Chief Medical Officer for the US Open for over 20 years. Erin is an orthopaedic surgeon, expert medical witness, consultant to the Toronto Blue Jays, and past-chair of the research committee for the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation. Throughout her career as a surgeon and sports doctor, she has worked with many professional sports teams, including the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Toronto Argos, and she was the first female orthopaedic surgeon to work in the MLB and NHL. For the last 16 years, she has acted as the Medical Director for the Rogers Cup WTA tennis tour. Dr. Boynton has also worked as assistant professor of surgery and physical therapy at the University of Toronto, and is the co-author of over thirty academic papers. She has lectured at hospitals, universities, and conferences around the globe, and is the recipient of multiple research grants, honors, and awards, including the J. Edouard Samson Award which recognizes the best career orthopaedic research in Canada. In addition to treating thousands of professional and amateur athletes as a doctor, Dr. Boynton is also a championship tennis player who has represented Canada on multiple World Cup teams, and is currently ranked 13th in the world in the W55 category.
... Wendy McColskey of Durham, NC, was named Slew Hester Female Player of the Year in the USTA Southern Section. This award is presented annually to a ranked male and female adult player in the section in recognition of their outstanding tennis performance.
... Sally Smith was awarded the Pat Staley Distinguished Competitor Award, given to one female each year at the Alan Fleming Tournament at Seabrook Island, SC for proven playing ability, fine sense of sportsmanship and good fellowship.
... Youthful Rita Price, newly aging up to the 90s, got a Gold Slam in singles. She and dubs partner Betty Cookson should have won a Gold Slam in doubles (maybe USTA will say they did) as they won three of the four surfaces this year, but had to play ‘down’ in the Clay Courts due to no competitors.
Caroline Haynes from Maryville, TN, and one of the perennial friendly faces at national tennis tournaments, won her First Ball – a Bronze – in the 80s women’s Indoor Doubles Championships, with Theo Shepherd.
FIRST GOLD BALLS
Vicky Nagy, from Hilton Head, SC, won her First Gold Ball playing with Gavin Cox in the National Mixed Doubles 60s Tournament held at Seabrook Island, SC.
Lizl Kotz from Charleston, SC, won her First Gold Ball playing singles at the National 40s Clay Court Championships in Naples, FL.
Congratulations to Nathalie in winning her first Gold Ball in the 50 Indoors.