Story courtesy of Bob Litwin, USTA publicity rep.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (Feb. 27, 2013) – The United States Tennis Association (USTA) today announced that Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) Head Tennis Coach Sal Castillo will represent the United States at the 33rd ITF Seniors World Team Championships.
The nation's top women and men tennis players in five age groups from 35-55 will compete against teams from more than 30 countries March 19-23 2013. The event will be held in Antalya, Turkey. More than 1,000 athletes are expected to participate.
Joining Castillo, representing the United States at the 2013 ITF Seniors World Team Championships in the Austria Cup for men in the 55 and older age group are: Mark Vines of Lynchburg, Va., Wesley Cash of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Peter Markes of Austin, Texas.
Castillo has won multiple USTA National Championships on every surface and was the 2012 National 55 and older Clay Court Champion. He was also a member of the 2012 Austria Cup team that won the silver medal in San Diego. He is currently the Head Women's and Men's Tennis Coach of Our Lady of the Lake University -- the men's team was ranked in the top 25 in the NAIA Division last season. The teams just began their spring schedule this month.
The United States medaled in 8 of the 10 Cups held last year in San Diego, Calif.
Following the ITF Seniors World Team Championships, the ITF Senior World Individual Championships will take place March 24-31 in Turkey.
The ITF Seniors/Super-Seniors World Team Championships is the most coveted team event on the ITF Seniors circuit. Since its inception, the number of competitors attracted to this event has increased year by year. In 1993, the ITF took the decision to divide the Seniors World Championships into two groups, Seniors for the younger veterans and Super-Seniors for the older players.
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Luis A. Lárraga
Sports Information Assistant