President's Message

Dear Members,


After record rainfall in Northern California, Spring arrived this weekend with super blooms of golden poppies dotting the green rolling hills in my town. Similarly, the season for NSWTA leadership change occurred when the membership voted in Andrea Barnes and me as its new co-Presidents. We are honored to lead this wonderful group of passionate women tennis players who come from all over the country not only to compete in tournaments, but to make new friends, support one another and to socialize away from home, family, jobs and other responsibilities. I’m proud to say that I’m still addicted to these tournaments, 23 years after playing in my first national in Chicago.


We’ve got a great team of 12 NSWTA directors (biographies and photos below) who will be working hard to represent you. They will write articles for your new monthly e-newsletter, raise money from individual and corporate sponsors, work with tournament directors to enhance your experience, and perform the necessary administrative tasks so that NSWTA thrives. Follow us on Instagram to “like” our photos and better yet, take photos yourself and email them to Julie Thu for posting. Make the place to go for tournament schedules, results, photos, rankings, membership registration and more!


Thanks for joining NSWTA and please take advantage of the benefits. In Houston, we organized a popular free doubles clinic for thirty participants and we will repeat it at the La Jolla hard courts in May. We will provide other amenities to reduce your tournament costs.  Stay tuned! In the meantime, enjoy the blue skies and mild temperatures of Spring to prepare for your favorite upcoming tournament.


See you on the courts!


Leslie Airola-Murveit


2019 Board of Directors

Find out what's been newly amended in the 2019 NSWTA Bylaws


Read the biography of each member of the

Board of Directors

Leslie Airola-Murveit


Andrea Barnes


Elizabeth Barnhill

Carol Clay

Colleen Clery Ferrell

Kathy Foulk

Anna Greer

Jennifer Klitch

Vicky McEvoy

Abbi Neuthaler

Julie Thu

Alisa Yee

Anna Zimmermann

First Gold Ball Winners

Toni Novack

Toni won her First Gold Ball in singles at the National Clay Courts 70s in Palm Beach Gardens.

Judy Dixon

Judy won her first Gold Ball at the National Clay courts, playing 70 Doubles with Vicky McEvoy.

Ligia Bottinelli

Ligia won her first Gold Ball at the National Clay Courts in Palm Beach Gardens, with Pat Purcell in the 60 dbls.

Tabatha Waddell

Tabatha won her first Gold Ball at the recent National Clay Courts, playing with Lizl Kotz in the 40 doubles.



Margaret Anderson (1928-2019)

Margaret passed away April 29, 2019 after a two-year fight with lung lymphoma. Margaret was President of the NSWTA for the years 2001-2003. She remained our long-time Parlamentarian, keeping us honest at our meetings and gently chiding us when the photos in the magazine got too small. She was an energetic and helpful fixture at certain tournaments, even when she had to stop playing in them. Tributes


Wynn Cooper (1949-2019)

NSWTA lost a dear friend and tennis enthusiast when Wynn Cooper passed away from breast cancer on March 26th. Wynn was amazingly kind and thoughtful and she loved tennis more than anyone I know. Apart from her bookkeeping business, tennis was her favorite pastime through which she made many good friends. I met Wynn at an Intersectional tournament in Austin, Texas. Carol Wood introduced me to her since I needed a bookkeeper and I hired her on the spot. I figured she had to be good and trustworthy since she was a tennis player, and I was right. Wynn was dependable, incredibly nice, detailed and always willing to help. We kept her very busy for 13 years, and she never complained. Wynn enjoyed hearing about our lives and our families, but Wynn was intensely private, so we never knew too much about her. Wynn would be honored to know that I’m writing about her and that so many of you considered her a friend. She was my good friend and an integral part of my law firm, and she will be truly missed. Thanks to all of you for making Wynn’s life so full. -- Lisa Dunner


Gene Hill

We are saddened to hear of the death of Betty Hill’s husband Gene this week due to cancer. Last November Betty and Gene entertained every woman who played in the 80-and-over Intersectionals tournament at their Scottsdale home. Our thoughts are with Betty.

Family Tennis Tournaments

The USTA holds several family tournaments, including Mother-Son, Father-Daughter, Husband-Wife and Mother-Daughter. Read more on the latest winners and upcoming tournaments. Click here


Commemorative Forever Stamp

“Little Mo,” Maureen Connolly Brinker, born in San Diego, CA, was the first woman to win the Grand Slam in a calendar year (1953). She also won nine other major titles during a brief three-year career before a horseback riding injury stopped her from playing tennis at age 19. The ITF Women’s 55 Cup Team competition is named in her honor. On April 23, the U.S. Postal Service issued the Little Mo Commemorative Forever Stamp. Maureen’s daughter Cindy Brinker Simmons (photo below) attended the Dallas unveiling. She is President of the Maureen Connolly Brinker Foundation that puts on Little Mo Tournaments throughout the world. The stamp is available in 33,000 post offices across the United States.



Business Sponsorship Opportunity

The National Senior Women’s Tennis Association would like to invite you to become an active business partner

in our pursuit of raising the standards of senior tennis around the globe. NSWTA is the largest advocacy group for senior women ages 30 and over in America. Interested in supporting NSWTA? Download the Business Sponsorship Form.


NSWTA E-Newsletter

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


NSWTA Magazine Correction

In the last NSWTA Magazine, it was incorrectly written that Carolyn Nichols defeated Shelly Works in the finals of the Lamita Jabbour, Les Grandes Dames tournament last February. In fact, Shelly Works defeated Carolyn Nichols, who nicely wrote us to correct the record. We apologize for the error.


2020 Friendship Cup

The Ralph and Mary Wilson Friendship Cup Application for the summer of 2020 is available now. Click here


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