President's Message

Dear Members,


It’s well before Thanksgiving, but I’m already feeling grateful for the opportunity to serve the NSWTA as your co-president. I have the best volunteer job ever! It’s a privilege to co-lead twelve dynamic women as we work together on the NSWTA board, sharing our tennis passion off the court to ensure women’s competitive tennis has a vibrant future. Our past presidents and board members paved the way for us and now we’re able to focus on the future, making some bold and innovative changes that we will introduce to you soon! We aim to strengthen NSWTA every day.


I’m thankful to our active members who take time off from work and family obligations to travel long distances to compete in tournaments. I treasure my tennis friends, many of whom I’ve known for years, and I enjoy meeting new players. In an effort to strengthen our women’s tennis community, we revived the member directory in an electronic format. On September 30, we emailed it to all current members and will continue to update it and resend it several times a year. Take advantage of this resource to contact members when you need a doubles partner, a hitting partner when you’re traveling, a tournament roommate, or a friend to confide in. Thanks to Elizabeth Barnhill for her great work on this project.


I need your help! The NSWTA is thriving and our board work is fun and rewarding. We have thirteen avid board members who work tirelessly together to benefit you, our NSWTA members. To keep innovating, we need to identify five to seven potential NSWTA board members, to serve a two year term, who will replace current members cycling off in March 2020. The board will review applications and select nominees for a membership confirmation vote during the annual meeting at the Houston clay court tournament. Please consider nominating a member, including yourself. Self nominations are welcome. We are especially looking for women with talents in the technology, social media, communications, financial and legal fields, but welcome others who are enthusiastic and enjoy working on a team. What do our board members do?


  • Attend monthly board meetings via a conference call.
  • Choose an issue that they are passionate about and work on it with another board member in the areas of communications, membership, sponsorships, administrative tasks, accounting, Instagram posts, writing newsletter articles, updating the website, publishing the newsletter.
  • Participate in Category I and II tournaments
  • Act as NSWTA ambassadors to encourage players to participate in tournaments and to welcome new players at tournaments and connect them with others.


Please nominate board members here by November 20th. Click here to nominate


See you on the courts,


Leslie Airola-Murveit

NSWTA  Co-President

Congratulations First Gold Ball Winners!

Wilma Lee won her First Gold Ball playing 70 singles at the National Indoors in Vancouver, WA.

Lois Harris and Pam Simons  won their First Gold Balls at the National 70s Indoor Doubles Championships.

First Balls

Chris Smith has won USTA Balls before in the Mother/Daughter but at the National Indoors she won her First Ball (a Silver) in her age group, playing 80 doubles with Kathie Meyering.

ITF World Team Championships

Umag, Croatia. September 15-20

The USA women’s teams did themselves proud at the World Cup Championships in Umag, Croatia last month. Read reports from the Women's 65, 70, 75, 80 and 85 events by Jan Kirkland-Cochran, Brenda Carter and Carolyn Nichols. Read more


Margaret Newfield

March 13, 1926 – August 24, 2019


After a full time career working for many prestigious companies and marrying her husband of 32 years, Herman Newfield, Margaret went to work for the renowned Port Washington Tennis Academy and spent much of her time focused on her daughter Betty's junior tennis career and volunteering for the Eastern Tennis Association. She continued with her volunteer career after moving to Florida in 1979. Margaret was the second female President of the Florida Tennis Association (now known as USTA Florida) from 1988-1989.  She was a long-time tennis volunteer with a passion for youth tennis. She worked with Bobby Curtis for many years as the USTA Florida Chair of Junior Competitive Tennis. Her roles as chair included Rankings and Tournament Sanctions and Schedules. One of her most notable contributions to USTA Florida was the start of Junior Team Tennis in the 1990s.


She won numerous USTA Florida awards including Family of the Year in 1982 and The Merit Award in 1983 all culminating with the induction into the USTA Florida Tennis Hall of Fame in 1994. USTA Florida recognized her in 2002 as she ended her volunteer stint after 30+ years of service.


At the national USTA level, she was a member of numerous committees and chaired the USTA Junior Team Tennis Committee for many years which had a significant impact on JTT as we know it today. She successfully coached the US Bueno Cup team for many years and to many titles. Her exemplary leadership led her to receiving the USTA Senior Service Bowl Award and the prestigious Barbara Williams Leadership Award which was presented to her by Tracy Austin.


She is survived by her daughter Betty Newfield Wall, her son-in-law, Steve Jaffe and her grandsons, Tyler and Dylan Wall. The family requests donations be sent to the USTA Florida Section Foundation.

Friendship Cup Applications Close Soon!

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation has made possible a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for NSWTA women members, 75 and older, and an equal number of International players to participate in a tournament in Portschach, Austria to vie for the coveted Friendship Cup. The next Friendship Cup will be held May 28 to June 7, 2020 in Austria. Deadline for applications is October 15, 2019. Click here for more information or download the application. For questions, please contact Program Director Ann Moore.


2019 Margaret Russo Award Nominations

NSWTA members are invited to nominate a fellow member for the Margaret Russo Award. The award honors the memory of Margaret Russo who was an NSWTA member who epitomized outstanding sportsmanship on and off-court as well as being an outstanding player. She is greatly missed by all her knew her. The award is given annually by the NSWTA to a female player who exemplifies the finest qualities of outstanding sportsmanship both in tournament play and off the court. The winner is recognized for her love of the game and her respect and concern for her fellow competitors. Previous recipients of the award are: Belmar Gunderson, Joni Hannah, Patricia Graham, Carol Clay, Brenda Carter, Betty Wachob, Trish Faulkner, Kathy Langer, Shelly Works, Lu Fendig, Barbara Hubbard, Cindy Babb, Kathy Barnes, and Mary Boswell. The award is presented during the banquet at the National Senior Women’s Intersectional Team Championships. The winner does not have to be present.

Click here to submit your nomination

The NSWTA Award committee will review all the nominations and choose the winner. The deadline for returning this form is October 20, 2019.


Current NSWTA Member Directory

The updated NSWTA Member Directory was sent to current NSWTA members and may only be shared with members for social purposes. It is not allowed to be used for any commercial or business purpose. We want all of our members to be able to enjoy their newsletters, directory, and other electronic mailings. Our plan is to send the continuously updated directory to our members regularly so you will always have accurate contact information for your NSWTA friends. Board member Elizabeth Barnhill has done an amazing job of updating our database and putting together an accurate member directory.

If you are a member and did not receive the email and would like to, please email us and let us know your current email address and we will add you to our list.


Welcome New Members & Renewals

The NSWTA would like to welcome our latest new members: Kathy Abbott, Nancy Abrams, Michelle Aguilar, Joan Avedian, Jan Baines, Masako Beppu, Elizabeth Brinson, Martha Church, Margaret Daniels, Kia Farzaneh, Claudia Giacomini, Patty Schoonover Jones, Yvette Kruger, Laurie Lambert, Carolyn Lane, Marie Porter, and Sonia West.


Tournament Choice Survey

If you haven’t completed the Tournament Choice Survey yet, please take a moment to do so. We need your input to help us work with tournament directors to create the best possible events for women players. We want to know what matters to you. We particularly encourage you to add your comments in the feedback section about things the best events are doing well and what makes you unlikely to return to an event in the future. We hope to use the results of our survey in collaboration with the USTA Adult Competition Committee, the National Senior Men’s Tennis Association, and tournament directors to create better experiences for our current players and attract more players too.

Click here for survey


Save on Tournament Entry Fees

The USTA charges around $6 to take tournament entries online. If you wish to save that money, just download the NSWTA sponsored entry blank found on the tournament web page and mail in your check directly to Andi Polisky. The NSWTA will be available every day during the tournament to answer questions and renew and add new members.


NSWTA E-Newsletter

The NSWTA monthly e-Newsletter has replaced the magazine. See archived e-Newsletters and Magazines here.


USTA on Tennis Channel

Check out what Tennis Channel has to say about the growth of USTA age group tournaments. Click here

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