ACADEMIA SÁNCHEZ-CASAL ANNOUNCES THE ANNUAL LES GRANDES DAMES JOANNE RUSSELL CUP

Tournament namesake and 1977 Wimbledon Women’s Doubles Champion JoAnne Russell to play

MEDIA CONTACT: Brad Branson - 1 832.584.4860 - bransonbradley58@gmail.com

We invite members of the media to cover the event. Requests for interviews and site access can be addressed to Brad Branson (bransonbradley58@gmail.com) 832.584.4860.

Naples, FL. (February 20 – 24, 2018)…Academia Sánchez-Casal (ASC) at 2035 Sánchez-Casal Way is hosting this year’s Les Grandes Dames JoAnne Russell Cup through February 24. This year’s event was awarded new status as USTA SUPER CATEGORY II and features approximately 80-plus players in thirteen age divisions ages 40 through 80 that include singles and doubles play. On Friday, February 23 the match of the day will be played at 4pm with tournament specials and cash bar open the public. Finals will be played on Saturday, February 24 from 9am on.

1977 Wimbledon Women’s Doubles champion and tournament namesake JoAnne Russell and her doubles partner Terry Solins will defend their title in their age group. In the finals last year Russell/Solins defeated Foulk/Savitt 2-6, 6-0, 6-1. JoAnne is a true ambassador and advocate for tennis who lives in Naples year round. We are very fortunate to have a gracious champion in our midst. Her commitment, positive energy, passion and love for tennis is always evident. Not to mention her infectious smile. JoAnne and her partner Helen Gourlay Cawley won Wimbledon Women’s Doubles in 1977 winning the first round against Chris Evert and Rosie Casals then winning the final against  Martina Navratilova and Betty Stove 6-3, 6-3.

The Sánchez-Casal Academy, located in Naples, FL offers top class training at facilities in three Continents; USA, Europe and China. Conveniently located at the former Naples Tennis Club & Resort, one of Tennis Magazine’s best tennis resorts in the world, Academia Sanchez-Casal – Naples, offers players from the USA and around the world the same top class junior training program that has made ASC – Barcelona one of the world leading academies.  

ASC is a 38-court facility (35 clay and 3 hard courts), along with a state of the art fitness center, complete boarding facilities and a staff directed by top Spanish, US and International coaches, all trained under the Academia Sanchez-Casal system and philosophy. For local residents, ASC offers private membership to the ASC Club that includes complete access to the social center that includes an Olympic size pool, full gym and social and tennis year-round activities. Please call 239.263.1818 for more information.

Seeded players are as follows:

Top single seeds – Women’s Singles

40’s –    (1) Corinna Bode (Rye, NY)

50’s –    (1) Heather Herman (Severna Park, MD)

               (2) Daniela Esswein (North Palm Beach, FL)

60’s -     (1) Patricia Purcell (Saint Louis, MO)

               (2) Bunnie Allare (Waynesville, NC)

               (3) Janet Moseley (Elkin, NC)

               (4) Suzanne Lippe-Siegler (Boca Raton, FL)

70’s -     (1) Susan Kimball (Oak Bluffs, MA)

               (2) Gwenda Ward (Ocala, FL)

               (3) Betty Wachob (Panama City, FL)

               (4) Toni Novack (Charlotte, NC)

Top doubles seeds – Women’s Doubles

55’s -     (1)          Caroline Cerniglia (Annapolis, MD)            (2)          Diane Burwen (Naples, FL)

                              Lynn Taylor (Timonium, MD)                                     Eileen Reynolds (Naples, FL)

60’s -     (1)          Abbi Neuthaler (Chappaqua, NY)               (2)          Bunnie Allare (Waynesville, NC)

                              Patricia Purcell (Saint Louis, MO)                              Betsy Savitt (Atlantis, FL)

70’s -     (1)          Susan Kimball (Oak Bluffs, MA)   (2)          Carol Clay (Ft. Laudardale, FL)

                              Betty Wachob (Panama City, FL)                Ellen Goodman (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)              

75’s -     (1)         

                             

We invite members of the media to cover the event. Requests for interviews and site access can be addressed to Brad Branson (bransonbradley58@gmail.com) 832.584.4860. For general tournament information please visit tennislink.usta.com – Tournament ID # 150011718

TICKET PURCHASE INFO: ADMISSION AND PARKING IS FREE. MAIN BAR MENU AND CASH BAR AVAILABLE ON SITE DAILY

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