Chris Bennett has been playing tennis for 47 years. Even in that amount of time, the game still finds ways to get him excited.
Bennett, who resides in Marlton, N.J., will represent the United States in June during the ITF Seniors World Team Championships on clay courts in La Baule, France, from June 8-13. Bennett will compete in the Men’s 60 & over division for the Von Cramm Cup.
“It’s always a goal to be a part of something like this,” Bennett said. “It’s nice to be part of a team and to see somewhere in the world you might not get to see otherwise.”
This will be the third time competing on the world stage for Bennett. He previously made ITF National teams in 2007 and 2010, traveling to Turkey and Mexico City. A frequent competitor on the national and international stage, he’s familiar with many of the players he’ll travel with and compete against.
“These are guys who I’ve been competing against for years and years,” he said.
The ITF Seniors World Team Championships is the highest-ranked event on the ITF Seniors circuit. There are six total teams each consisting of four players.
“I’ve been preparing on clay exclusively for the past month,” he said.
Even so, when the matches start, the nerves are all but guaranteed.
“I don’t think you’d be human if you didn’t get nervous,” he said. “But I’m excited about it.”
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