Miami, FL, USA, 14 November 2017 | Tennis Australia

Australia has again proved their strength on the Seniors International Tennis Circuit, taking out three titles at the 37th Seniors World Individual Championships 2017 (50, 55, 60) in Miami, USA.


More than 25 players from Australia travelled to the US to compete in the annual event. The Individual Championships are the highest ranked ITF Seniors event on the calendar and sees more than 500 players from more than 30 countries compete across three age categories 50-and-over, 55-and-over, and 60-and-over.


Kooyong’s Glenn Busby, who will be ranked the No. 1 senior in 60+ senior’s category for the tenth time in 12 years was the outstanding performer in what was a bittersweet time.


Busby claimed his fourth consecutive ITF Seniors World Individual title in 60+ category after defeating Pierre Godfroid (BEL) 62 67(6) 61.


Afterward, an emotional Busby broke down when talking to ITF Tennis’s Harvey Fialkov about his late father.


“He would’ve been 93 yesterday,’’ Busby told Harvey Fialkov.


“He passed away the day before I came here. He did everything for me.


“He was hanging on for two weeks, so I kept changing my flights. Do I go? Do I not go? I arrive home on Tuesday and they [delayed] his funeral to Thursday. It was a little bit too [emotional] out there.’’


“He’s such a good competitor,’’ Busby told ITF Tennis recalling the match against Godfroid,


“His first and second serve are no different and he changes up his serves so well I didn’t have a forehand to hit early on, my strength.


“But I had Dad on my side today.’’


Busby has had a triumphant trip to the USA, pairing with Ross Person’s to take out the Men’s Doubles title in the Individual championships and also leading Australia to gold in last week’s Seniors World Von Cramm Cup team event.


In other individual title success, Ros Balodis and Leanne Swaysland we’re also successful and took out the Women’s 55 doubles title.


Gold medal results

Final: Glenn Busby (AUS) def. Pierre Godfroid (BEL)           6-2 6-7(6) 6-1

Final: Glenn Busby (AUS) / Ross Persons (USA) def. Wesley Cash / Daniel Waldman (USA)

Final: Ros Balodis / Leanne Swaysland (AUS) def. Beatriz Villaverde / Marcela Voyame (ARG)                6-3 6-1


Men’s 50+ Australian Competitors

 Michael Russell

Michael Veverka

Martin Warwick

Greg Westwood


Men’s 55+ Australian Competitors

 Christopher Arms

Peter Bilton

Brian Watson

Brad Middleton

Mike Ford


Men’s 60+ Australian Competitors

 Glenn Busby

Wayne Pascoe

Stephen Myers

Stephan Dance


Women’s 50+ Australian Competitors

Jill Meggs

Cathy Benson

Dianne Cassel

Ulrike Duetch Watson


Women’s 55 Australian Competitors

 Ros Balodis

Wanda Howes

Leanne Swaysland

Susan Thomas

Annlouise Love


Women’s 60+ Australian Competitors

Judith Buzza

Suzie Ellis

Leonie Ainsworth


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The ITF Young Seniors, Seniors and Super-Seniors World Team and Individual Championships are the premier events on the ITF Seniors Circuit. Players aged from 35-and-over to 45-and-over compete in the Young Seniors Championships; from 50-and-over to 60-and-over in the Seniors Championships, and from 65-and-over and 85-and-over compete in the Super-Seniors Championships. Starting with one team trophy in 1958, and four individual events in 1981, the competitions have grown to offer a total of 72 World Championship titles each year to teams, and in singles, doubles and mixed doubles.

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