As Thanksgiving approaches I want to take a moment to thank the tennis community and especially my NSWTA tennis friends for all they do for me and all the joy our sport and this fellowship of avid players has enriched my life.
Those of us who were in Naples for Intersectionals this month had the pleasure of hearing Emilio Sanchez, Founding Director of our host club Academia Sanchez-Casal and former No. 7 player in the world, speak at our banquet on Thursday night. While Emilio appreciated the play he saw out on the courts he was most impressed with the passion we showed on the court and the camaraderie shared off court. He suggested that his junior players who were attending the event could learn what tennis is really about by observing us! I agree. I am impressed over and over by the fight, sportsmanship, kindness, support from our teammates, and joy I see both on and off the court.
This week there was one woman at Intersectionals who would have been my MVP if I’d been asked to make a selection. She was our Most Valuable Person though, rather than Most Valuable Player. NSWTA Board member Elizabeth Barnhill was at our table selling raffle tickets and membership all day long from Monday through Thursday. She was in Naples specifically to represent and grow NSWTA while the rest of us got to play the sport she loves. She is the model of equanimity, treating everyone she meets with kindness, respect and good humor. We are all very lucky to have her as a friend and member.
Intersectionals is a very special tournament and all of us who were there could probably choose our own MVP. Was it your doubles partner who hit the winner at match point; the teammate who took you to the airport at 5:30 am or the captain who kept your team on track all week? Whoever it was make sure they know how much their kindness and support mean to you. Let’s all give thanks to our tennis tribe this Thanksgiving.
P.S. We are looking for members who would like to be on our next Board. Please nominate board members here by November 20th. To nominate yourself or a fellow member please click here.
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
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.
Chris Smith won her First Ball (Silver) in her age group, playing 80 doubles with Kathie Meyering.
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.
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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
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.
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.