San Diego, USA, 14 February 2012 | Tennis Australia

Australia has been well represented at the ITF Seniors World Team Championships in San Diego, with a men’s and women’s team scooping the trophies in their respective age categories over the weekend.

In the Maria Esther Bueno Cup event for women aged 50+, Australia defeated the United States in the final, breaking the deadlocked tie with a 6-1, 6-2 win in the decisive doubles match.

The team, represented by Ros Balodis, Brenda Foster and Leanne Swaysland, came out on top of 17 competing nations in the event.

In the Austria Cup event, open to men aged 55+, Australia was victorious – also over the United States – with a 2-1 result.

Australia was represented by Glenn Busby, Wayne Pascoe and Gary Thoroughgood.

The World Team Championships are the premier event on the ITF Seniors Circuit. Held annually, several different countries have hosted the event during its history.

Nations can nominate up to four players to represent them, and ties consist of two three-set singles matches and a three-set doubles rubber. Age categories range from 35 to 55 in both men’s and women’s events.

At this year’s championship, France was the most successful nation with four trophies across the various age-groups.