With the help of the other women, Nancy Reed led the charge and became

the first president of the Senior Women's Tennis Association (SWTA).

Florida was the first Section to host, publish the newsletter, followed by the

Texas Section, where Gladys Heldman succeeded Nancy as President.

Gladys was also well known as the founder of World Tennis magazine and along with Billie Jean King, was a grass roots organizer of the women's professional tennis tour. During her administration from 1980 to 1982, the SWTA became national and the NSWTA was formed in the state of Florida as a non-profit corporation. Dr. Hugh McCain of Winter Park provided the funds for the incorporation process. Mary Ann Plante was the first Executive Secretary until Jane Crofford became president in 1983. Judy Scarborough and Sue Burrows published the NSWTA newsletter. The first annual meeting was held in Houston during the National Championships which was then and still remains the largest women's senior national tournament in the country. During the beginning stages of the NSWTA, Nancy, Mary Ann and Kay Merrill organized the first NSWTA tournament at the Maitland Field Club in Florida with $1,000 prize money - a 40, 50, 60, 70 age event. Not long after this tournament, Nancy and Mary Ann formed the Les Grandes Dames tour.

 

The NSWTA original logo, the lady in the long tennis dress, was supposedly taken from a picture of May Sutton Bundy and was replaced by the current logo during Mary Mclean's presidency (2003-2004). In 2003, National Senior Women's Tennis Foundation, the charitable arm of the NSWTA, was formed and registered in the State of Florida. Donations to the Foundation are fully tax-deductible.

HISTORY