DEFENDING champions Warwick Boat Club will be aiming to complete a memorable international hat-trick at the end of this month after qualifying again for the prestigious 2014 European Senior Club Tennis Championships.
The Warwickshire club’s women’s over 60 side has beaten national rivals The 45 Club in the final for the last two years and they will again be in opposition together with teams from all over Europe at the event at Spain’s La Manga Club from September 22 until October 4.
Jenny Waggott, Wendy Scalinger and Jackie Robinson will also face sides from Holland and Austria for the chance to be crowned European champions again, as well as a team from Bournemouth club West Hants Tennis Club.
Founded in 1983, the championships are open to men over the age of 35 and women aged 40-plus from national champion clubs and the runners-up from the previous year in an international team competition across various age categories.
Previous winners include entrants from Germany, Portugal, Holland, France, England, Austria, Hungary, Italy, Belgium, Spain and Czech Republic and the competition for honours looks likely to be just as fierce this year.
Each country can be represented by a maximum of three clubs in every sector at La Manga Club, with teams comprising between four to seven players for men’s categories and two to five for women.
Hopes of an English victory will be high this year with all parts of the country represented including two teams from Hampshire as well as sides from Sheffield, Surrey, Bournemouth and Leicester.
The championships will be returning to La Manga Club for the third year in a row and will follow a similar format, with all age sections hosted at one venue. The Seniors categories – aged 35 and upwards – will take place from September 22-27, with men’s age groups ranging from 35-plus to over 50s and women’s from 40-plus to over 50.
The spotlight will then fall on the Super Seniors categories for the remainder of the championship, with players between the ages of 55-plus to over 77 for men and 55-plus to 65-plus for women featuring.
Opened in 1972 and regarded as Spain’s flagship resort, La Manga Club continues to set the benchmark for sports and leisure destinations in Europe. Boasting a 28-court tennis academy, it regularly hosts top names from the world of tennis and is the official overseas training base of the Lawn Tennis Association.