My main objective for this edition is to write about the mental and physical benefits of tennis for seniors but I first want to report to our members on our annual meeting held recently at the Houston Racquet Club.
2018 Friendship Cup Team
The United States Team is represented by (left to right): Jane Pang, Ann Hunt, Charleen Hillebrand, Teri Eggers, Helga Lukacsy, Jacquie van Haelst, Sheila Weinstock, Bonnie Champion, Robbie Dimond, Dorcas Miller, Judy Levering, and Kathie Metering.
Nadine Netter-Levy was inducted into the Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame on April 28. Nadine grew up in New York City and Scarsdale, New York, was the #2 college player in the country in the mid-1960s, played at Wimbledon and faced Billy Jean King in an US Open Seniors event. She has been a fixture in the tennis scene in the New York City and Florida area for decades. The Hall of Fame induction is also a benefit that raises money for the Junior Tennis Foundation, helping underprivileged kids attend tennis camps and events.
Rita Price and Betty Cookson
Rita and Betty should have won a Gold Slam in doubles (maybe USTA will say they did) as they won three of the four surfaces this year, but had to play ‘down’ in the Clay Courts due to no competitors. Rita, who is newly aging up to the 90s, earned a Gold Slam in singles.
A Message from Betty Cookson
"Thank you to the NSWTA for putting in a good word for Rita Price and me to receive a Gold Slam in the 90 Doubles for 2017. This is my last year competing and it feels good to “go out a winner.” But to me what is important even more than this award are the many friends I have met through playing tennis and competing at the sectional, national and even international levels. It is the friends I will always remember….not the scores of the matches." And I have not retired my racquet. I am still playing twice a week with my Northern California tennis friends and when I can’t get a foursome together I take a lesson from Weston Reese, a pro at the San Francisco Tennis Club. No, I am not ready to give up tennis nor do I plan to! – Betty Cookson
Judy won her ‘First Ball as a youngster’ in the National 11 and under doubles with Peaches Bartkowicz and in 1967 won her ‘First Ball as a junior’ in the National Indoor singles and doubles (with Vicky Rogers McEvoy). Then she went pro and then she became a coach. Well, she finally retired from coaching at UMass and at the Houston Clay Court Championships, she won her First Ball as a ‘grownup,’ playing the 65 doubles again with Vicky. Is she excited, or what? Guess she has not looked at the size of the check yet.
Kappie Boles will be inducted into Tennessee's Lookout Mountain Hall of Fame on May 6th. Kappie’s other awards include Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame, GPS (Girls Preparatory School) Athletic Hall of Fame and the Tennessee Tennis Hall of Fame.
Fran was selected by her peers as the recipient of the Betty Gray Washington Sportsmanship Award at the National Senior Women’s Clay Court Championships in Houston. Fran is from Jackson, Tennessee.
Louise received the Lamita Jabbour Sportswoman Award at the Ft. Lauderdale Grande Dames Tully Cup Tournament.
Cartoon was created by NSWTA member Lois Harris and friend Kathy Wicks.
Her Key to Better Tennis at 75: Kickboxing
By Jen Murphy, Wall Street Journal
An athletic retiree finds the combat sport builds upper-body strength and balance while helping her think about how to win one-on-one battles. When Vera Konig asked a tennis pro how to improve her game, he told her to swap her racket for boxing gloves. Read more
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