Two Middle States players experienced plenty of thrills last week when they represented the United States in the 34th ITF Seniors World Team Championships in Florida.
Yulia Bolotova (Philadelphia) and Mark Tepes (Medford, N.J.) both had integral roles on their respective ITF teams, playing in the senior tennis equivalent of the Davis Cup and Fed Cup competitions. Bolotova played in the Suzanne Lenglen Cup (women 35 and older) for the first time, while Tepes served as team captain for the Italia Cup (men 35 and older). It was his third straight year competing.
The U.S. finished sixth in the Italia Cup and ninth in the Suzanne Lenglen Cup.
Bolotova and Tepes were two of 40 American athletes participating among some 1,000 players from 39 countries, including first-time teams from China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Haiti and Venezuela. The event was held at clubs in the Palm Beach Gardens and Boca Raton areas.
As a whole, the United States had a strong showing by winning three Cups and finishing runner-up in two others. The American teams retained the Maureen Connolly Cup (Women’s 55) for the eighth consecutive year and Margaret Court Cup (Women’s 45) for the second time. The Americans also claimed the Dubler Cup (Men’s 45) after finishing second last year. In addition, U.S. teams also finished runners-up for the Maria Esther Bueno Cup (Women’s 50) and Austria Cup (Men’s 55).
For more info on the ITF Seniors World Team Championships, visit the ITF online.