USTA Selects Four Southerners For ITF World Championship Teams

August 30, 2010 10:30 AM
Brenda Carter
Burnett Herrick
Padg Bolton and Hugh Thomson
Four Southerners have been named to teams that will play in the ITF World Team Championships.
Padg Bolton
Padg Bolton, of Monroe, La., has recently been named to the Von Cramm Cup Team that will represent the US in the World Team Championships. The event, sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation, is for men 60 & over, and will be held in Antalya, Turkey in October. It is the first time that Bolton has been named to a World Cup team. Other players named to the team are Larry Turville, Naples, FL, Brian Cheney, Chandler, AZ, and Neal Newman, Columbus, OH. 
Bolton has a long history in the game of tennis. Not only was his mother, Charlotte, an outstanding player, but his wife Carolyn and four children – Melanie, Beth, Bruce, and Matt have all been excellent tennis competitors. In 2004, they were honored as Louisiana Family of the Year. They still host the Louisiana State Mixed Doubles League Competition at the two clay courts at their home. 
A dentist by profession, Padg had a great year on the tennis courts in 2009. He finished the year ranked #1 in the US in the 60’s. He considers it a great honor to be selected by his peers to represent the US in international competition and hopes to have an impact on the team’s fortunes. 
Brenda Carter
The USTA has selected Brenda Carter, Charleston, SC to join the 2010 United States Women’s Alice Marble Cup tennis team.
More than 700 of the best tennis players in the world, ages 60 - 75 will participate in the prestigious International Tennis Federation Super Seniors World Team Championships in Antalya, Turkey October 11-16, 2010. Following the team competition, many of the players will compete in the ITF Individual World Championships at Ali Bey Manavgat, Antalya, Turkey.
Joining Carter on the Alice Marble Cup team is Martha Downing, Shingle Springs, CA, Carol Clay (Captain), Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Kerry Young, Maitland, FL.
Brenda was ranked number one in her age group for five consecutive years between 2004 and 2008. Carter held the National Clay Court Women’s Singles title for four years between 2006-2009. She was inducted Into the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame in 2009.
2010 will mark the ninth year that Carter has represented the US on Senior International Tennis Teams. "I am so humbled and honored to play on a USA Cup team as it means I’ve been given an opportunity to represent my country while competing with the best tennis players in the world in my age division," Brenda explains.
Burnett Herrick
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) recently announced its selection of Burnett Herrick to represent the United States in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Super Seniors World Team Championships to be held in Turkey, October 11-16, 2010.
This year’s competition will be hosted on the 59 red clay courts of the Ali Bey Club Manavgat tennis resort in Antalya, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea’s Turkish Riviera. The International Tennis Federation annually sponsors this event and all member nations are eligible to field teams. Herrick is one of a four-woman team selected by the USTA from the very top American players in her age division. Her teammates include Mary Boswell, Damascus, MD, Dorothy Matthiessen, Pasadena, CA, and captain, Yvonne (Boots) Van Nostrand of Vero Beach, FL. The American Queen’s Cup team was a finalist in 2009 losing to a strong Australian team on grass courts in Perth, Australia.
The ITF currently ranks Mrs. Herrick seventh in the world in women’s 75 singles. Her USTA national singles ranking is second (behind teammate Matthiessen) and she and Matthiessen presently hold the number one 75’s women’s doubles ranking in the country. This year is Herrick’s third selection to an international cup team. She was a member of the Althea Gibson Cup teams in 2006 and 2007.
Mrs. Herrick lived and worked for many years in New York City, NY, before retiring to Tarboro, NC. She was a busy actor, singer, and dancer with over 50 television commercials and many daytime television parts to her credit. In retirement, Herrick continues her interest in health and physical fitness. In addition to her daily tennis workouts, she adds aerobic and yoga workouts several times a week. 
Hugh Thomson
Hugh Thomson of Norcross, GA, has been selected by the USTA to represent the United States as a member of the Britannia Cup team for players 65 and over. The 32nd International Tennis Federation (ITF) world senior team tennis championships will be played Oct. 11-17 on the red clay courts in Antalya, Turkey. There will be over 500 players from 38 countries playing for their respective nations.
This will be Thomson’s sixth time being to chosen to represent the United States in this team competition. Hugh has been on three world championship teams and won the ITF singles title in 2006. He is currently the National Claycourt champion having won the title this spring in New Orleans.
Besides his tennis accomplishments, Hugh is married with two children and is a graduate of Mississippi State University. He as served on many tennis committees in his section and is a member of the Southern Tennis Association Hall of Fame.
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