When I was a child I was fascinated with the holiday season. The cool air that finally reached deep into the South where I lived refreshed the spirit and stoked the excitement for the holiday. Mom and I would pull out the winter clothes; I would be looking for the camouflage. I loved to hunt. Dad would plan hunts for my brothers and me while Mom hovered over the stove with Granny. But what I anticipated mostly was the gift of a case of tennis balls Mom and Dad would give me every Christmas once I started playing the game. I loved the smell of a new can of balls being opened. Life was good and life seemed simple.
Fast forward, I still love the smell of a new can of tennis balls being opened. I love the holiday and I love the season in which all of this comes. We spend our lives for small moments to smile, we enjoy a family to laugh with and we await a kind of peace that this season promises. I still hunt. I have to unpack my own camo now, plan my own hunts with my brothers, cook all day in the kitchen and buy my own case of tennis balls. I see much more in this wonderful season than I knew as a child. Life is still good, maybe not as simple.
Each of you has memories of this special time of year. You hold dear these memories as you share the joy of this holiday season with others. I would bet that our love of tennis produces many of our joyful memories -- being on the tennis court with friends we love, trying one more time to beat that unbeatable friend we’ve played forever, having dinner together and sharing good times with our tennis friends. We travel far and wide to tennis tournaments, just to be with our friends. We celebrate victories with each other and cry as others pass on. We share laughter. We share that can of tennis balls that was just opened.
May I say God Bless and may each of you this holiday season have fun and enjoy the spirit of the season till we meet again on the court.
Kathy Foulk, NSWTA President
Gold Slam Winner Tina Karwasky has won all four 65 singles tournaments, as well as the doubles in 2018. She did not drop a set in winning the clay, hard, grass and indoors. Tina won a Gold Slam in 2017 as well.
Jan Pierson won her first Ball, a Bronze, in October at the La Quinta Hard Courts 75 singles division.
Jan Kirkland-Cochran (right) won her first Gold Slam in the 65 doubles with Tina Karwasky (left).
Jane Lutz won a Gold Slam in the 90 doubles 2018. She has won several since 2011, when records indicate she won her first Slam.
Congratulations to Carolyn Fournier for her First Gold Ball, won with her husband John in the National Husband and Wife Doubles (combined age 140) Clay Court Championships, Olde Providence Racquet Club, Charlotte, NC, on May 6.
Read more about Carolyn's experience receiving her first Gold Ball.
Brooks Byrd won her first Gold Ball in the 75 Hard Courts, both in 75 singles and doubles (with Sue McCandless).
Congratulations to nonagenarians Madeline Smith and Elizabeth Harrison (with TD Nancy Ansboury) for their First Balls: Silver in the National 90 Indoors doubles. It proves we should never stop our quests for a Ball, ladies!
Congratulations to Sally Smith for earning her First Ball!
Two New England Tournaments
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... The Hard Court Senior Slam will be held at the Guilford TC, Guilford, CT
from June 6-9. Matt Fraenza will be the tournament director as he was when it
was held at Yale. More info
... the Grass Senior Slam will be held Sept 12-15 at the Essex County Club, Manchester by the Sea More info
...The Clay Senior Slam remains at the Concord CC, but will be split between two weekends, one in July and one in August.
National Age Division Tournaments Open to IPIN Members
The USTA Category I Nationals for ages 35-85 men, women, and mixed will have Grade A status in 2019. In addition, 10 other Super Category II Tournaments (tba) will have Grade 1 Status in 2019.
◦ Only players who have purchased an IPIN (itftennis.com/IPIN) prior to the start of the tournament ($25) will receive ITF points
2019 ITF Seniors World Championships
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2020 Friendship Cup
The Ralph and Mary Wilson Friendship Cup Application for the summer of 2020 is available now. Click here
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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