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Maureen Connolly Brinker Cup to be held at the Cloister Resort in Sea Island, GA

February 27, 2003 04:14 PM

The Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation has announced the following sites for their two international team competitions: the Maureen Connolly Brinker Cup (U.S. vs. Australia) and the Maureen Connolly Challenge Trophy (U.S. vs. Great Britain).

The Maureen Connolly Brinker Cup will be held at the beautiful Cloister Resort in Sea Island, Georgia from March 6-8, 2003. The match features the top four Girl’s 14 & under and the top two Girl’s 12 & under from the United States and Australia. This is the 17th annual competition between the two nations and the format is the best of fifteen matches played over three days. The United States leads the competition 13-3.

The United States team members are: Girls 14: Logan Hansen (Santa Monica, California), Alexa Glatch (Newport Beach, California), Lauren Albanese (Coral Springs, Florida), and Kim Couts (Bradenton, Florida) and 12’s: Mallory Burdette (Jackson, Georgia.) and Linda Mushref (Brentwood, Tennessee). Mervyn Webster from Wichita, Kansas will be the U.S. Team Captain.

Logan Hansen was the #1 ranked U.S. player in the nation last year in Girl’s 12 & under and recently won the Girl’s 14 National Open. Alexa Glatch recently won the singles and doubles title at the USTA Winter Supernationals. This is an officially sanctioned event by the USTA and Tennis Australia.

The Cloister Resort is located along Georgia’s historic coastline and has welcomed generations of families since 1928. With five miles of private beach, 25 Har-Tru clay tennis courts, 54 holes of golf, stables, shooting school, spa, yacht club, biking, water sports and extensive family programs, guests have an extraordinary array of amenities to enjoy. Over the years, the Cloister has received every significant award given in the travel and hospitality industry. Recently, the Cloister received the Conde Naste Reader’s Choice Award (#1 in Activities) and was ranked in the Top 50 Tennis Resorts as noted by Tennis Magazine. The Cloister is about an hour drive south from Savannah, Georgia. Check out their website at www.seaisland.com. Dickie Anderson is the Tournament Director and has been involved with Sea Island tennis for over twenty years. He is a member of the USPTA and has competed with success on the sectional and national level.

The Maureen Connolly Challenge Trophy will be held at the prestigious Newport Casino at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island from October 2-4, 2003. The match features the top five Girl’s 19 & under from the United States and Great Britain. This will be the 30th anniversary of this competition between the two nations and the format is the best of eleven matched played over three days. The United States leads the competition: 18-10. This is an officially sanctioned event by the USTA and The Lawn Tennis Association of Great Britain.

The International Tennis Hall of Fame, a non-profit organization, is located in Newport, Rhode Island. It is housed in the Newport Casino, site of the first U.S. Lawn Tennis Championships in 1881, now known as the U.S. Open. The Casino was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1987. The complex consists of the museum, library, theater, and thirteen grass courts. The International Tennis Hall of Fame was founded in 1954 by James Van Alen as a “shrine to the ideals of the game.” Today, the Museum’s interactive exhibits and state of the art technology vividly bring the sport’s rich history to life. “Virtual Visitors” can tour online at www.tennisfame.com. Over 175 individuals from 18 countries have been inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and they represent the best in the game, both on and off the court. Mark Stenning, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, will be the Tournament Director of the event.

Penn will be the “Official Ball” and the LBH Group, Ltd. will be the “Official Warm-Up” for the U.S. Team. LBH, Ltd. is the manufacturer of LILY’S of Beverly Hills worldwide and of WIMBLEDON tennis apparel in the United States and Canada.

These events are two of the many tournaments presented by the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation to further junior tennis development in the United States and around the world.

 

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