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Carter to Captain United States Women’s 55’s Tennis Team

August 23, 2004 12:15 PM

The United States Tennis Association announced today that Brenda Carter, of Charleston, South Carolina has been named Captain of the 2004 United States Women’s 55’s Maureen Connolly Cup tennis team.

Carter will compete with her teammates next month in the annual Maureen Connolly Cup international tennis competition at the ITF Senior Team World Championships at the Germantown Cricket Club in Philadelphia, Penn., September 12-18, 2004. This prestigious Cup is for international tennis team competition for women age 55 and older and is sponsored annually by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). Also named to the team were Patricia (Trish) Faulkner of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, Anne Guerrant of Gilbert, Arizona and Judy Louie of Corona del Mar, California. Margaret Russo of Vienna, Virginia, a cup team veteran, recently withdrew after having initially been named to the team.

This year will be Carter’s third cup competition in as many years, but will be her first year to serve as a playing captain.

When asked about her new role as captain Carter responded, “ It was unexpected and I am so very honored.”

Last year’s team won the gold medal when this event was played in Antalya, Turkey. With Carter’s leadership the US team hopes to defend the last year’s hard fought victories against South Africa in the semifinals and Germany in the finals.

Asked about returning as defending champions Carter remarked “Of course it will be very exciting because everyone will be gunning for us. It is always harder to defend than to win something the first time.”

Carter, the no. 4 ranked US player in the women’s 55 singles division in 2003, has an outstanding individual playing record outside of team competition. She played her first national senior tournament in 2001 advancing to the semifinals of the National 55 Clay Court Championship in Houston, TX. Carter won her first national singles and doubles titles that same year at the National 55 Hard Court tournament in Folsom, California. In 2002 she won the singles title at the National 55’s Indoor and ended the year ranked #2 in the nation. She followed that national title with a victory at the National 55 Hard Courts in 2003. In February of this year Carter won the 55 Singles title at the prestigious Checket Cup in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and in May claimed her second National 55 Singles Indoor title in Homewood, IL, beating former Connolly Cup teammate and no. 1 seed Margaret Russo.

In addition to her selection to the Maureen Connolly Cup teams, Carter was named South Carolina Tennis Association Tennis Player of the Year in 2001 and Southern Tennis Association Female Adult Player of the Year in 2003. In October of 2004 she will be inducted into the Georgia Southern University Athletic Hall of Fame.

The United States Tennis Association owns and stages the US Open and selects the men’s and women’s teams that compete in major Davis Cup, Fed Cup and Olympic games competition. It also selects and sponsors top US players in various age groups for USTA senior tennis Cup teams, such as the US women’s 55 team, that represent the US in international team tennis competitions against the world’s best senior players. This year some 700-1000 players from around the world are expected to travel to Philadelphia to compete for eleven international tennis Cups. Many of these players will also stay to compete the following week in the ITF Senor Individual World Championships.

The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in America and is a non-profit organization with more than 670,000 members. It invests all of its resources to promote and develop the growth of tennis, from the grass roots to international individual and professional levels.




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