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Chandler, Fishburne Win ITF Senior Titles

April 13, 2010 10:56 AM
Fran Chandler. Photo by Fred Mullane
Diane Fishburne. Photo by Susan Mullane

Fran Chandler, of Jackson, Tenn., and Diane Fishburne, of Charleston, S.C., won the ITF Seniors World Individual Championships in the 45s and 50s, repectively. The competition was played April 4-11 in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

In the 30th ITF Seniors World Team Championships, Chandler also captained the Margaret Court Cup team, which defeated France 2-0. Southerners Mariana Hollman, of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Renata Marcinkowska, of Rock Hill, S.C. were team members.

Fishburne was on the U.S. team which defeated Great Britain 3-0 to take the Maria Bueno Cup.

Tom Smith, of Alpharetta, Ga., and Fred Robinson, of Charlotte, N.C. reached the finals of the 55s doubles, losing to Australians Andrew Rae and Gary Thoroughgood 6-0, 7-6. Smith and Robinson played on the U.S. team, which finished fourth in the Austria Cup.

The matches were March 29- April 3, in Mexico City, Mexico. The events will be held at the following five venues: Club Aleman de Mexico, The Reforma Athletic Club, Club Casablanca Lomas Verdes, Club Casablanca San Angel and Club de Racqueta El Yaqui. Click for more information.

The ITF Seniors/Super-Seniors World Team Championships is the most coveted team event on the ITF Seniors circuit. Since its inception in 1981, the number of competitors attracted to this event has increased year by year. In 1993, the ITF took the decision to divide the Seniors World Championships into two groups -- Seniors (35-55) and Super-Seniors (60-80 for men and 60-75 for women).




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