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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
NSWTA is the competitive tennis home for women age 30 and above. 

Dear Members,

How lucky we are to compete in a sport we’re passionate about, to travel and to make lifelong friends along the way! Whether we are 30 or 90, we choose to live a healthy lifestyle and to join a community of talented and athletic women who love tennis. We learn to set goals and practice discipline and perseverance to compete at our highest level. 

I enjoy leaving my California bubble to travel around the country to play and spend time with my tennis friends.  While we share our passion for tennis, we are different in many other ways -- our religion, political beliefs, our sexual orientation and our heritage. This doesn’t stop us from connecting, strengthening our bonds and supporting each other in friendship. And, when we partner up for doubles, we find a tournament roommate and dinner companion too.

Our NSWTA board appreciates you, and is working hard to enhance communication and to improve your tournament experience. Whether you are a retired WTA touring pro or you learned tennis later in life, we welcome you and want you to love the time you spend with us. With your continued membership support, we give back to you in the form of tournament benefits such as free warm up clinics and lunches at Category I tournaments, a monthly newsletter with recent news, feature articles, photos, discounted apparel and a member directory (coming soon) as well as an updated website (www.nswta.org) and our new Instagram account. We’ve recently added a website drop down menu for easier navigation, reorganized and added new content, and created a new homepage. It’s our “go to” resource for women’s age group tennis news, photos and tournament information. Also, for the latest photos, check out our new Instagram account @nswtennis and follow us!

Last month my co-President Andrea Barnes created a survey to learn what you enjoy about tournaments and what you would like to see changed or improved. We need to hear from more of you! If you haven’t yet participated, please do! Click here for survey

I look forward to an opportunity to meet you and to learn from you, whether it’s tennis lessons or life lessons. If you have suggestions, comments or questions, please email me at info@nswta.org.

See you on the courts,
Leslie Airola-Murveit
NSWTA  co-President 
Thank You For Your Donations
July Donations to the Association
- Elizabeth Barnhill - In Memory of Joyce Gaddis
-  High Performance Institute: In honor of Jolene Watanabe
- Leslie Murveit

July Donation to the Foundation - Andrea Barnes

New Members and Renewals 
Maritoni Carlos, Shagg Catri, Debbie Crowley, Susan Dawson, Den Gordon, Pat Gluckman, Cherly Hicks, Nancy Hilliard, Lisa Hoffstein, Mary Jackson, Julie Kitze, Mona Kleitch, Dianne Lee, Anne Lowry, Helga Lukacsy, Rachel Maniatis, Dale McColskey, Claire McFerran, Vesna McKenna, Ann Moore, Rita O’Sullivan, Jane Pang, Andi Polisky, Ann Price, Marsha Thomas, Judy Wiegand, Ann Young.

Membership Directory Updates and Options to Opt Out
We plan to send an up-to-date version of the membership directory to the inbox of each NSWTA member in mid-September. Here are FOUR important points about membership and the directory that we want to share:
  1. As a member you will receive a directory and be listed in the directory unless you opt out of either of those options. If you do not want to be listed in the directory and/or you do not want to receive a directory, please contact us at info@nstwa.org by September 1, 2019. The directory will be emailed directly to your inbox.

  2. NSWTA memberships are from January 1 to December 31. Some members renew each year at the same time, such as May 15, but that membership still runs from January 1 to December 31. Current renewals for 1 year run to December 31, 2019, Current renewals for 3 years run to December 31, 2021. Current renewals for 5 years run to December 31, 2023. We are delighted to see so many of you are taking advantage of the savings in the 3 and 5 year memberships.

  3. Those of you who have address, phone, or email changes in the past couple years can submit us your current information so that it will be correct in the directory. Please let us know by contacting info@nswta.org.

Only current members will receive the directory. Although we have continued to share our newsletter during this online transition with those whose memberships have expired in the past 1-3 years, we cannot do that with members’ personal information. If you haven’t already done so, please renew this summer so you will receive and be included in the new online directory this September.

MEMBERS' ALLEY
How I Prepare for a Tournament: Mind, Body and Game
By Davida Dinerman
Let’s face it… we’re hooked. Tennis is our passion and we want perform well. It’s nice to just hit but I find that training with a goal, such as a Cup team or USTA tournament, is a great motivator and will help me improve my skills. And while the on-court practice is critical, it’s not the only factor for preparation. I divide it up into three categories: mind, body and game.


Read full article
 


Tennis: More Than A Sport
By Deborah Larkin
This article is taken from an interview between Katrina Adams (KA), immediate past President and CEO of the USTA, Chairperson of the US Open and Chairperson of the Fed Cup and Deborah Slaner Larkin (DSL), former Executive Director of USTA Foundation, Former CEO of the Women’s Sports Foundation and lifetime member of NSWTA. Click here to see full image above


KA: Recent research has shown that people who played tennis tended to live longer than others who did not participate in this type of activity. Why do you think that’s true?
DSL: I don’t think there’s empirical research as to the why, but we do know, for instance there’s more social interaction in tennis, which we know can improve health and other types of behavior. When boys and girls play together there is greater interaction, not only on the court, but it can lead to greater interaction around developing other business and social skills off the court.

KA: I hear from many corporate recruiters that female athletes make very good hires. They have good self-esteem and confidence. They have a strong work ethic. They set goals, are coachable, are good team players and want to learn and succeed. I love hearing this, but is there evidence that separates tennis from other sports?
DSL: As you know in 2012 the Women’s Sports Foundation conducted a national research study for the USTA Foundation that we repeated five years later to find out.
  • In both the 2012 and 2017 studies, tennis players scored highest or second highest in academic achievement across five separate measures: percentage of As, grade average, 10 or more hours of homework per week, college attendance and college graduation aspiration. Overall, tennis ranks the lowest among 15 sports for both suspension and being sent to the office. And, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that in every academic measure, whether female tennis players scored highest or second highest, their percentages were higher than the top male tennis players.
For the full Interview click here
 

My “War” Stories 
By Diana Kitt 

Diana Kitt is a Mid-Atlantic tennis player with an interesting background. She worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for 40 years. She was on one of the final helicopters out of Saigon. Picture her trying to evacuate with her tennis racquets clutched to her chest. We enjoy bringing into focus some of our interesting members. Keep us in mind if you have a story to tell.

I joined the US Government within a couple of months of graduating from Washington State University in 1969. My first goal was to be able to get to Washington to participate in anti-Vietnam demonstrations—and I did just that (while not mentioning those activities to my office). My second goal was to go abroad, with no particular country in mind, spend six months there, then quit and return home to Spokane. Well, over 40 years later, I was still working with the same organization—so much for my initial career planning. 

Iran: My first assignment abroad was to Iran from 1970-1972. For me it had a lot of appeal, seeing a part of the world that few saw.  As a 22-year-old fresh out of college, I had no idea of just how difficult it would be to reside in the Middle East. 


Read more
 

Youth vs Experience
By Kandy Chain
Years ago the Los Angeles Tennis Club held an annual event called “Youth VS Experience”. The top ranked seniors were called upon to play the top ranked juniors. The question became what was a good age match up? Obviously the younger seniors had better matches with the older juniors and the youngest juniors matched up better with the older seniors.  It didn’t always work out well – Venus Williams, at age 10, defeated Dodo Cheney 6-0, 6-0. Dodo was in her early 70s at the time.

I thought of this event the other day because recently I have had the opportunity to play matches against the top juniors in Montana. I split my life in Montana and California. When I reside in California I never play juniors. They seem to be absorbed with their personal coaches, clinics and other juniors. In Montana the tournament playing juniors are scarce and parents sometimes ask me to play with their kids. First I started a few years back with Meg (10) and her older sister Maicy (13). We would play close sets and at the end of the summer I played them in an adult tournament and beat one in the semis and the other in the finals. I was 61 at the time. When I returned to Montana the next summer I could barely win a game against either one of them. Fortunately for me they have a younger brother named Mason who is 11 – I am now 65. Mason and I are about dead even. We will often play for an hour and a half and not complete a set. Mason is number 1 in his age group in Montana and he played 3rd position in the zonals for the Intermountain section. 

Mason has a nice all court game and is very fast. I can match his speed with my anticipation. I, also, can throw him off with slice, drop shots and lobs. Mason, however, is catching on to my senior experience – he’s starting to pull out his own opportune drops. He is, also, learning patience and running me side to side.  In any case Mason has become a carrot for me. I practice so that I can stay even with him. I have a strong hope that he won’t hit his growth spurt before turning 15. I could potentially have a few more summers with him.  The reality is, however, that by the time I return to Montana next summer, Mason will overpower me like his sisters. I am sure I am a carrot for him as well. His motivation is to squash me like an old bug. 

Kids grow and get stronger, faster, and smarter.  Seniors shrink and get osteoporosis, arthritis and Alzheimer’s. Somewhere in this circle of life we can momentarily compete on an even stage. It’s a quick turnover but fortunately for me Mason has a younger brother, Madison, who is currently 5. I will definitely be stepping up my practices for my return to Montana next summer. I would hate to be “that” senior who lost to a 6-year-old.

 
TOURNAMENT NEWS

Join Family Fun! 
Mother/Daughter and Mother/Son Tournaments

By Leslie Airola-Murveit
As any mom knows, it’s a treat to spend a weekend away with your son or daughter. But, spending the weekend playing tennis with him or her is a delight beyond measure. Many of our members have enjoyed playing in Mother/Daughter or Mother/Son USTA Category I tournaments including me with my daughter Shelley, Sue Sprague with Cori, Susan Davis with Jodie, Peggy Kirkeeng with Jacqueline, Terri Eggers with Tristen, Becky Timmis with Nicole, Toni Novak with Lynn, Diane Barker with son Matthew, Kris McDonald with Peter, and Kathy Barnes with Bryan. I love the chance to meet other mother/daughter teams and to encourage the daughters to keep playing our sport. They are the next generation of players in our age group tournaments, so providing a competitive experience with lots of social time sprinkled in, is the secret recipe to keeping them hooked on the game of tennis.

So, round up your daughter and head to Naples, Florida for the USTA Mother/Daughter Clay Court Championships, October 4-6th or another family tournament. Check the Naples tournament flyer for details. Aim to bring home a gold ball, but you’ll love your getaway, no matter the results.


National Grass Court Championships
July was grass court month for our players. The "evens", ages 30-80, were at Forest Hills from July 8-14th, and the "odds", ages 35-85 played at Germantown July 15-21st. Hear from some of our players on their experience at this tournament in their respective age groups. Read more
Results from Forest Hills
Results from Germantown

 

Please Take a Moment to Complete our Tournament Choice Survey
If you haven’t completed the Tournament Choice Survey yet, please take a moment to do so. We need your input to help us work with tournament directors to create the best possible events for women players. We want to know what matters to you. We particularly encourage you to add your comments in the feedback section about things the best events are doing well and what makes you unlikely to return to an event in the future. We hope to use the results of our survey in collaboration with the USTA Adult Competition Committee, the National Senior Men’s Tennis Association, and tournament directors to create better experiences for our current players and attract more players too. 

Click here for survey

Friendship Cup Applications Close Soon!
The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation has made possible a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for NSWTA women members, 75 and older, and an equal number of International players to participate in a tournament in Portschach, Austria to vie for the coveted Friendship Cup. The next Friendship Cup will be held May 28 to June 7, 2020 in Austria. Deadline for applications is October 15, 2019. Click here for more information or download the application. For questions, please contact Program Director Ann Moore
 

Upcoming Registration Deadlines 
Cat 1 Indoors 40, 50, 70, 80, 90 Indoors
Club Green MeadowsVancouver, WA
Entries close: August 27 Register


USTA National Husband Wife Open and Combined Age 100,120,140 Hard Court Championships
September 13-18, Peachtree City Tennis Center. Peachtree City, GA
Entries close August 26. Register

ITF Super Seniors World Championships (Ages 65 - 85)
Sept. 21-28. Umag, Croatia
Entries close Tuesday, September 17 at 10:00 GMT
Tournament Fact Sheet

USTA National Mother Daughter Clay Court Championships
October 4-6, Academia Sanchez-Casal, Naples, FL
Entries close: October 1. Register here

Barbara Cooper Cup W35, 45, 55, 65, 75, 85 
Presented by Les Grandes Dames

October 16-20, Lauderdale Tennis Club, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Entries close: October 11. Register here

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