Dallas…From September 9-14, the 11th annual ITF Maureen Connolly Cup for Ladies 55 & over was held at the Colony Club in Vienna, Austria.

2002 Maureen Connolly Cup

Left to right: Trish Faulkner, Patricia Graham, Mary Wilson, Brenda Carter

The United States team of Trish Faulkner, Brenda Carter, and Mary Wilson defeated Sweden, Brazil, and Canada each by the score of 3-0. The U.S. lost to Australia and Austria each by the score of 2-1. Patricia Graham was the non-playing U.S. team captain. The U.S. placed 7th in the competition which featured 16 countries: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States.

The Maureen Connolly Cup was initiated by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and donated by the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation. The first event was held in the U.S. in Tyler, Texas in 1992; Corsica, France (’93); Carmel, California (’94); Le Touquet, France (’95); Eugendorf, Austria (’96); Canberra, Australia (’97); Pompano Beach, Florida (’98); Murcia, Spain (’99), Durban, South Africa (’00); and Perth, Australia (’01).

The ITF Maureen Connolly Cup international team competition is played on a round robin event principle, followed by a knock out formula in the later stages, where applicable, to give a complete ranking of all teams, each match consisting of two singles and one doubles. Each team shall consist of a minimum of two and a maximum of four players, which shall include a playing captain, alternatively, a team of a minimum of three and a maximum of five players, which shall include a non-playing captain. Players must have reached the age of 55 years by December 31, 2002.

Mrs. Frank A. Jeffett, president of the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation, attended the event and presented gifts to the players.

The Maureen Connolly Cup was named in honor of the late 3-time Wimbledon champion and the first woman to win the Grand Slam in 1953 at only 18 years of age.