NSWTA in Racquet Magazine
Rita Price, Brenda Carter, Liane Bryson, Alison Bolduc, Lola O'Sullivan and others are the stars of a 16-page spread about senior women’s tennis in the most recent Racquet Magazine publication. Brenda gives a good overview of the purpose of NSWTA, Lola illustrates our competitiveness, and Lurline Fujii gets a shout out in her efforts to continue to play despite her Parkinson’s. Susan Wright is honored with several paragraphs describing her dropping the game, her return, and her stamina routine. 91-year-old Rita is our cheerleader and continuing to play, play, play despite heat, falls and other mishaps. Want to purchase this memorable issue? Click here Racquet Magazine
A Sisterhood of Tennis:
Why the WTCA Matters to Me
By Dr. Erin Boynton, Medical Director Women's Tennis Coaching Association
Like the NSWTA, the WTCA believes in changing the culture of women’s tennis -- to teach young women that competition can be both fierce and fun, and that the better your teammate is, the better you are. The WTCA believes in empowering female leaders, and that the lessons they learn on the court will serve them in the boardrooms and university halls of their future. Read more
How To Give Back
By Judy Dixon
Over a year ago near Ludlow, MA, a group of USTA New England league teammates created a way to give back to the community. They formed a Western Massachusetts chapter of the National Junior Tennis League, the organization created by the USTA over 12 years ago to give inner city children a chance to learn to play tennis. There are currently more than 350 non-profit youth development programs like the Ludlow Tennis Club’s chapter in this country and they serve over 220,000 youth each year. And it is not hard to start one yourself. Read more
... Louise Russ received the Lamita Jabbour Sportswoman Award at the Ft. Lauderdale Grande Dames Tully Cup Tournament.
... Fran Chandler of Jackson, Tennessee, was selected by her peers as the recipient of the Betty Gray Washington Sportsmanship Award at the National Senior Women’s Clay Court Championships in Houston.
... Kappie Boles will be inducted into Tennessee's Lookout Mountain Hall of Fame on May 6th. Kappie’s other awards include Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame, GPS (Girls Preparatory School) Athletic Hall of Fame and the Tennessee Tennis Hall of Fame.
Message from the President
As the year comes to a close, let’s take the time to reflect on the lives of all of those we have met in passing or played against. Whether we win or lose, our friends are more than likely the ones on the other side of that net. Take that extra moment and let’s be thankful they came to play. Let’s be appreciative they cared enough about the sport to come and support the game. Let’s be grateful that our health is good as we are aging and our competitors are aging with us. We couldn’t do what we do without those other ladies, our friends, our competitors. Let’s be supportive and compassionate about all who play this sport called “tennis.”
We have two NSWTA members who will be turning 100 next year: Marian Lowe and Vivian Schulte, who loved this game called tennis. Two other members Cecily Grange and Mary Hill will be whirling to 99. Of those whose ages we know, about one third of NSWTA is older than 77. Watch those that still play into their 80s and then win their First Ball like Caroline Haynes, reported on in this issue. Even better, watch those in their 90s like Rita Price, Joyce Vanderpol, and Betty Cookson who fought for and then played in the rst 90s Grass Courts, written up by Rita later in the magazine. That is many of us in the future. I see their excitement, their wonderment and the fact that these strong women are still trying to learn, never giving up and wanting to win. I want to be like that.
I recall myself playing in the 30 Grass Courts. I was still young enough to think I could kick anyone’s bum. Well, I lost a match and while sitting in the locker room, wondering what went wrong, a much older lady walked in, dejected over her loss. She was playing the 70 Grass Courts. She threw her racquet down and said, “Damn it! I will never beat her! I have played to her all of my life!” And she continued to say, “I will die before I ever beat her.” I’m thinking, hey, this is pretty harsh but I’m right there too, I had just lost. But I vowed: I’m not about to lose to the same person I just lost to the rest of my life. No way. I’ll figure out some way to win. Well, here I am 30+ years later and there are still those that I haven’t beaten after numerous tries. Darn! But, I love this sport and I will support this game till I say the same thing that Corky Murdock said those many years ago about her arch nemesis Dodo Cheney. My competitors are my friends for life and I’m grateful I have been given this opportunity to meet and play against such wonderful ladies. I want to play against you all my life.
The NSWTA is a place where we can grow and share as we age. We encourage players of all ages to join our organization and share in our memories and to help continue our history. We need you all to help us find them. The NSWTA’s ‘youth’ (born in the 1960s, 70s and 80s) total only 90 members. Can we especially encourage the young to look to the future of their tennis, share their memories, and help nurture the future of women’s competitive tennis while growing relationships that will last a lifetime? I was sold on that when Corky said she had been playing Dodo all her life. What is your story?
NSWTA Magazine Correction
The NSWTA Magazine announcement of ITF Young Senior and Senior dates and locations is incorrect. Below are new dates for the Seniors Championships for 2018.
NSWTA Member Appointed
Carol Clay (left) of Ft. Lauderdale, Forida, has been appointed to the ITF Seniors Committee (2018-2019) and is the NSWTA’s sole member on this committee, as well as the USTA International Committee. You can reach her at email@example.com with your suggestions and questions.
Men's Senior Tennis Website
The National Senior Men's Tennis Association (NSMTA) has developed a new website for its members at www.nsmta.net.
Here's an excerpt from the President's Message:
"Our fledgling organization has roots which go back much further than ours as we have been inspired by what the senior women have been able to achieve since the founding of their organization (the NSWTA) back in 1977. They have been urging us to get off our male butts and get organized, so that between the two organizations, we can better represent the voices of senior competitive tennis in the US."
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