HONOLULU’S LURLINE FUJII WINS
IN SENIOR TENNIS’ PRMIERE INTERNATIONAL TEAM COMPETITION
United States take home seven titles at the 2012 ITF Super Seniors World Team Championships
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Sept. 20, 2012 – The US Althea Gibson Cup – 70 & over team, which included Lurline Fujii, of Honolulu, HI, defeated Germany in the United States at the 32nd ITF Super Seniors World Team Championships.
The nation’s top men and women tennis players in age groups 60 to 80 will competed against teams from over 30 counties. Over 1,000 athletes participated in the Championships were held in Croatia at sites in the cities of Umag and Novigard from September 10-15 2012.
Joining Fujii representing the United States at the 2012 ITF Super Senior World Team
Championships on the Althea Gibson Cup for women 70 and over were Cathie Anderson, Del Mar,
CA, Donna Fales, Coral Gables, FL; and Charleen Hillebrand, San Pedro, CA.
Fujii has been a staple on the national tennis scene for many years. In the last five years alone she has captured two national championships (her most recent was in July, at the National Grasscourts in NY), and been a finalist four times. She has also taken gold at the National Senior Games Senior Olympics. She has given back to the game as well, directing the Hawaii NSGA Senior Olympics, and in the process has encouraged fellow Hawaiians to compete at a higher level.
When asked what playing on an international team meant to her, Fujii responded "Being chosen to represent the USA in international competition is a dream of every nationally ranked tennis player … It is my Olympics. I am thrilled and honored with the invitation to represent my country."
The United States is the defending World Champion in seven of the 10 Cups to be played in
For the second consecutive year, the United States has won seven cups at the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Super-Seniors World Team Championships. The 2012 event, the 32nd edition of the championships, was held in Umag, Croatia, and consisted of 186 teams from 35 countries competing in 10 age categories from 60 and over to 80 and over.
The U.S. capped off the final day of the championships by winning its third consecutive Queens Cup (Women's 75 & over), defeating Germany, 2-1. The day before, the U.S. dominated with six championships, including a stellar performance in the Althea Gibson Cup (Women’s 70 & over), where the Americans did not drop a single rubber. In all, the U.S. advanced to the final round of nine cups, with the runner-up showings coming in the Doris Hart Cup (Women's 80 & over) and Kitty Godfree Cup (Women's 65 & over). The U.S. also placed fifth in the Jack Crawford Cup (Men's 70 & over).
The ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships is the most prestigious team event on the ITF Seniors circuit. Since its inception in 1981, the number of competitors taking part in the tournament has increased each year. In 1993, the ITF made the decision to divide the Seniors World Championships into two groups: Seniors (35-55) and Super-Seniors (60-80).
Below is the complete list of U.S. team final results from the 2012 ITF Super-Seniors World Team Championships.
Von Cramm Cup-Men's 60 & over (USA def. France 2-1) - Result: Champion
1. Larry Turville, Naples, FL, Captain
2. Paul Wulf, Salem, OR
3. Tony Dawson, Carmel, CA
4. Wesley Jackson, Rancho Mirage, CA
Britannia Cup-Men's 65 & over (USA def. Spain 2-1) – Result: Champion
1. Brian Cheney, Chandler, AZ
2. Jim Parker, Santa Fe, NM
3. Armistead Neely, Atlanta, GA, Captain
4. Richard Johnson, Ballwin, MO
Bitsy Grant Cup-Men's 75 & over (USA def. Germany 2-1) – Result: Champion
1. Lester Sack, New Orleans, LA
2. Herman Ahlers, Las Vegas, NV
3. Larry Sears, Boston, MA
4. James Nelson, Palm Desert, CA, Captain
Gardnar Mulloy Cup-Men's 80 & over (USA def. Canada 2-1) – Result: Champion
1. John Powless, Madison, WI
2. George McCabe, Oxford, OH, Captain
3. Saul Snyder, San Diego, CA
4. Joe Russell, Chagrin Falls, OH
Alice Marble Cup-Women's 60 & over (USA def. Netherlands 3-0) – Result: Champion
1. Tina Karwasky, Glendale, CA
2. Mary Ginnard, Fort Lauderdale, FL
3. Martha Downing, Shingle Springs, CA, Captain
4. Toni Novack, Fort Myers, FL
Althea Gibson Cup-Women's 70 & over (USA def. Australia 3-0) – Result: Champion
1. Donna Fales, Coral Gables, FL, Captain
2. Cathie Anderson, Del Mar, CA
3. Charleen Hillebrand, San Pedro, CA
4. Lurline Fujii, Honolulu, HI
Queens' Cup-Women's 75 & over (USA def. Germany 2-0) – Result: Champion
1. Dorothy Matthiessen, Pasadena, CA
2. Dori de Vries, Reno, Nev.
3. Lyn Tietz, Oak Brook, IL
4. Kathy Langer, Rockwall, TX, Captain
Doris Hart Cup-Women's 80 & over (Canada def. USA 2-1) – Result: Runner-up
1. Lucille Kyvallos, Fort Lauderdale, FL
2. Doris "Jane" Lutz, Sarasota, FL, Captain
3. Margaret Canby, San Antonio, TX
4. Joyce Jones, Bothell, WA
Kitty Godfree Cup-Women's 65 & over (France def. USA 2-1) – Result: Runner-up
1. Brenda Carter, Charleston, SC
2. Carol Clay, Fort Lauderdale, FL
3. Leslie Pixley, Malvern, PA
4. Betty Wachob, Panama City, FL, Captain
Jack Crawford Cup-Men's 70 & over (USA def. France 2-0) – Result: Fifth place
1. Fred Drilling, Estero, FL, Captain
2. Allan Carter, Boca Raton, FL
3. Rudy Hernando, Fort Lauderdale, FL
4. Tom Brunkow, Bethesda, MD