National Mixed Clay Championships
This mixed doubles tourney has been discovered! And it has bumped what was a very popular state and regional tournament into the big(ger) leagues. Read more from Pam Simons
Les Grandes Dames Cooper Cup
The Les Grandes Dames Cooper Cup held at the Lauderdale Tennis Club and hosted by Margy Edmunds, in October, was a wonderful event. This tournament has its roots in the 1980s when it was played in Winter Park, Florida. Read more from Kathy Foulk
Young Seniors World Team Championships
It truly was a week filled with great competition and great sportsmanship and an opportunity to celebrate old and new friendships between athletes from all over the world. Thanks to the ITF and the USTA for such a meaningful opportunity. Read more from Lizl Kotz
National 35, 45, 55, 65, 75, 85 Hard Courts
Kandy Chain writes about her experience at the National Hard Courts held at the Palm Valley Country Club in Palm Desert, California on October 21-27th. Read more from Kandy Chain
National Women's 90s Grass Court
Rita Price shares her experience at the National Senior Women's 90s Grass Court Tournament held at the Missions Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California October 29-31. Read more from Rita Price
Friends and family often ask why I’m so passionate about competing in national tournaments, and why I continue to play year after year. (I played in my first national tournament in 1995) The answer is easy -- I love to challenge myself mentally and physically to play my best tennis, to make new friends, to travel to new cities, and to surround myself with healthy women athletes of all ages and with interesting backgrounds. I’m proud to be your co-president and to lead the NSWTA with Andrea Barnes. It’s a historic and stellar organization dedicated to promoting women’s tennis, health, fitness, fun and friendship. I hope you will continue to find meaning and joy in the coming years on and off the court with your NSWTA sisters.
Maybe you are enjoying a brief rest from tennis, either deliberate to focus on celebrations with family or friends, or forced by rainy weather. Whatever the reason, get ready to start the new decade with many tournament choices in the jammed packed 2020 USTA Cat I calendar. There is still time to register for CAT II tournaments in January in Palm Beach Gardens and Palm Desert (Super Cat II) in Fort Lauderdale and Naples in February, and Charleston in March (see entry links below).
Remember that NSWTA is here to enhance your experience both on and off the court. It is the home for competitive women tennis players ages 30+. Our website nswta.org and the monthly newsletter are your “go to” places for tournament calendars, results, photos, articles, upcoming events and directory information. Also, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @nswtennis for great photos and captions about recent tournaments. We welcome all your articles and photos to share.
Don’t Miss the NSWTA Championships in March!
Please join us on Daniel Island, South Carolina (Charleston) March 11-15th for the NSWTA Category II Championships for 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, and 80 S/D. Start date will be adjusted to begin later for draws less than 32. The event will be held at the lovely Daniel Island Club, a private club whose members are excited to share their amenities with us! We plan to provide a genuine Charleston experience for all. This event will be a great warm-up for the Cat I clay court tournaments later in the spring. This is a truly special event benefitting the Lowcountry Youth Tennis Association. The NSWTA mission is to raise the standards of age level tennis. Our lives revolve around the sport as active players, coaches, USTA officials, sponsors, volunteers, and mentors while travelling and forming valuable relationships in the process.
Lowcountry Youth Tennis Association shares a similar mission: “changing lives through tennis.” Their vision is for all youth to have the opportunity to participate in and enjoy the benefits of tennis. The NSWTA Championships tournament committee has raised funds for LYTA since its debut in Charleston. The ladies of Daniel Island Club, the new tournament home, have joined us in supporting this worthy organization. The tournament offers singles and doubles in the “even” age groups from 30 to 80. More details and registration
USTA National 40s Hard Court Championships
By Colleen Ferrell
The USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships took place December 2-8 at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. Despite rainy weather all week, which forced the cancellation of the back draw and implementation of 8-game pro sets, the tournament finished with a familiar face as the champion, Hiromi Sasano. Hiromi, who lives in San Diego and teaches at the Balboa Tennis Club, won the Women’s 40 Singles title for the 4th straight year, defeating second seed Amanda Parson Siegel from Santa Ana, California, 6-3, 6-0. Dina McBride, a former University of San Diego standout who now resides in Valencia, California, took the bronze with a 6-2, 6-3 win over unseeded Mariko Atoji. Read more
The 80s Intersectionals Dinner
By Jessie von Hippel, New England
Over fifty 80s players from nine USTA sections gathered on Wednesday evening of the 2019 Naples Intersectionals at Giovanni’s restaurant to again share the joy and gratitude of being together and playing the game we love. This year’s dinner was inspired by the warm and gracious hospitality of Betty and Gene Hill, who last year gathered all the 80s players at their home in Scottsdale during the 2018 National Senior Women’s Intersectionals in Phoenix. The camaraderie experienced inspired Betty Hill, Kathy Langer, Judy Smith, Jessie von Hippel and Michaelin Watts to make it happen again.
Seated by lottery at six long tables, we players celebrated the youngest and oldest at each table, the first-timers to the Intersectionals, and the longest membership in the USTA (awarded with lottery tickets for the NSWTA banquet on Thursday evening). Most of all, lively and wide-ranging conversations prevailed throughout the evening. As Florida captain Lucille Kyvallos put it, when asked if she had any pictures from the gathering, “I was too busy chatting with my very interesting tablemates” from Middle States, New England, and Mid-Atlantic. Middle States Captain Yvonne Curry “was pleased to find that I had something in common with each of my tablemates who were from other teams and whom I had not known before -- either a place we had lived or a person we both knew, how we began playing tennis, etc. It was nice to share our stories with each other.” New England Captain Judy Smith said: “I loved being with so many friends who all share the same time of life and tennis. I was thinking we could make it a tradition to have an 80s dinner on Wednesday of the Intersectionals.”
All the 80s gathered are looking forward to doing so and creating more memories together on and off the court next year when we return to Phoenix.
Gold Ball Winners
Tracie Currie/Debbie Nasim and Colleen Clery Ferrell/ Leora Grimshaw.
2020 Category 1 Schedule
Check out the 2020 Category 1 tournament schedule. Registration links are added as available. 2020 Schedule
Ralph & Mary Wilson Friendship Cup
Congratulations to the 2020 United States Team. Players include:
Cathy Anderson, California
Susanne Clark, New York
Lurline Fujii, Hawaii
Penny Maag, Arizona
Nadine Netter, Florida
Barbara Oldfield, California
Sheila Palmer, California
Pat Parsons, California
Sherry Ploor, Wisconsin
Andrea Polisky, California
Suella Steel, California
Betty Wachob, Florida
1st Alternate: Margy Edmonds
2nd Alternate: Judy Louie
3rd Alternate: Christine Smith
Tennis is a Sport for a Lifetime
Please enjoy this video on why "tennis is the sport for a lifetime" featuring Margaret Canby and Rose Austin from the U.S. Cup Teams competing in Umag, Croatia.
Click on video above.
NSWTA Member Robbie Dimond
Here's what Netplay, USTA Middle States magazine, says about NSWTA member Robbie Dimond: "You could say Robbie Dimond was destined to become a tennis player. Her parents were both state champions and her brother is Dennis Ralston, a well-known former professional tennis player and coach. Read more
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.
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.
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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Men's Senior Tennis Website
Stay in touch with the National Senior Men's Tennis Association (NSMTA) at www.nsmta.net.