June 27th, 2016

U.S. Seniors Win 1 Cup at ITF Senior Team Tennis Championships

Adult Tennis News
Carolyn Nichols

Carolyn Nichols

Part-time Florida resident Carolyn Nichols helped the U.S. Alice Marble Cup team (60 & Over) to the title at the ITF Seniors World Team Championships, the senior equivalent of tennis’ Davis Cup and Fed Cup competitions, this month in Helsinki, Finland.

In the Alice Marble Cup final the American women beat France 2-0 to successfully defend the Cup they won last year. The American women were once again led by victories from Tina Karwasky and Nichols in singles to capture the title.

“I started at No. 2 singles against Caroline Glazmann,” Nichols wrote on her blog. “It was good to have the same first name as my opponent…every time her teammate encouraged her by saying ‘Allez Caroline’ I just pretended she was rooting for me! I won the first set 6-1 but got down 4-2 before figuring things out and winning the set 6-4 to put us up 1-0.”

It was the lone Cup won by American teams, who lost in two other finals.

The U.S. finished runners-up in the Maria Esther Bueno Cup (Women’s 50 & Over) and Von Cramm Cup (Men’s 60 & Over). The Maria Esther Bueno Cup saw France beat the Americans 3-0 in the final, and in the Von Cramm Cup final the U.S. lost to Australia 2-1.

The U.S. finished fourth in the Fred Perry Cup (Men’s 50 & Over), third in the Austria Cup (Men’s 55 & Over), and third in the Maureen Connolly Cup (Women’s 55 & Over).

Following the ITF Seniors World Team Championships, the World Individual Championships are being held June 25-July 2, in Helsinki.

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