Team GB win bronze at the Young Seniors World Tennis Championships in Miami


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2019 Team GB Young Seniors World Tennis Championships

GB Men's 45+ team became bronze medallists at the Young Seniors World Tennis Championships in Miami, beating Australia, Dominican Republic and Spain. The team ended a 14 year wait to take home bronze for Great Britain. The team pictured above (left to right) Ross Matheson, Seb Jackson, Timur Shadiev and Nick Adams.

The Young Seniors World Team Championships took place in Miami from 27 October – 2 November. More than 32 countries were represented in the Davis Cup-like competition, consisting of four players from each nation. Each tie consisted of two singles and one doubles match, with the round robin stages followed by the knock out rounds. Three age groups 35/40/45 – men and women – battled to win in the Italia Cup (M35s), the Tony Trabert Cup (M40), the Dubler Cup (M45), the Suzanne Lenglen Cup (W35), the Young Cup (W40) and the Margaret Court Cup (W45) with an average draw of 17-22 national teams per competition.  

Who said what?

Team GB M45s Captain Seb Jackson said:

“So proud of team GB who came through tough highly competitive matches, many ties were decided by crucial doubles. Its trilling to earn a podium seat with bronze in the world champs by beating a strong Spanish team (including a former ATP 91 ranked Spanish player). Very proud of my team. A superb performance.”

Debbie Hale, Captain of Women’s 35s team said:

“Our team had a great experience, we won two and lost two. We lost to the 6th seeds Switzerland who were eventual semi-finalists. It was a closely fought match and it could have gone either way. I picked up my debut singles winning against Paraguay. I had a great team and loved having the opportunity again”.

Men’s GB35 Captain, former ATP Player Barry Fulcher looked back on his team experience in Miami:

“This year it had been far and away the highest level of tennis, and a great advert for Seniors Tennis - former Davis Cup players, ATP tour title winners, World Tour Finals winners, and a host of former ATP top 50 players all battling it out in the name of their respective motherland. A thoroughly enjoyable and tough week in equal measure with Colin Fleming, Tim Webster & Anthony Perkins, we battled (literally!) throughout the whole week.

A first day marathon loss against South Africa in the group stages, followed by 5 straight wins against Costa Rica, Sweden, Portugal, Argentina & finally Canada saw us finish in 7th place (out of 21 teams competing in the group). It was a superb team effort in tough circumstances... Personally, pleased that my final match in the age group, involved taking out the current World Champion in the Mens 35s category in a classic clay court (chip/charge, serve/volley) three hour encounter."

Well done to all GB Teams who gave it their all in Miami.

What's next?

The highly anticipated Seniors 50/55/60 World Team Tennis Championships will take place in Boca Raton, Florida from 26 April – 1 May 2020. GB Teams selection will be announced on or just after 15 November – look out for more information on our website and via our social media channels.

Seniors Tennis GB (STGB) is a member organisation of the LTA dedicated to advancing the interests of the game of tennis for players of all standards of individuals aged 35 and over. Find out more about Senior Tennis, Team and Individual competitions we run, how to get involved, start competing and perhaps take your tennis to a new level on thr Senior Tennis website or subscribe to the STGB newsletter to stay up to date with the latest information on forthcoming tournaments and events.

Final Standings: Team 30/35/40 Young Seniors results

Women’s 35s: 11th

Women’s 40s: 5th

Women’s 45s: 5th

Italia Cup - Men’s 35s: 7th

Men’s 40s: 6th

Men’s 45s: 3rd – Bronze medallists

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