Local Tennis Champion

x_championship2Rancho Santa Fe resident Carolyn Nichols represented the United States at the 2016 International Tennis Federation (ITF) Young Seniors World Team & Individual Championships. Carolyn and her two other teammates won the Alice Marble Cup and, following the team competition, Carolyn played in the Individual World Championships where she ranked #1 in the world and was seeded #2.

Carolyn has been playing tennis since she was 13 years old. She became more committed to the sport when she played on her high school team, where she was #1 on the varsity team her junior year. Both she and her father – who still plays tennis at age 91 – are members of the NorCal Tennis Hall of Fame. Now she especially enjoys traveling the world for tennis and making new friends.

Carolyn started a website (www.seniortennisblog.com) almost 20 years ago, prior to the smartphone era, when it was difficult to find results from tournaments. She would receive the tournament draw sheets via fax, and then scan and post them along with results to her website. She received positive feedback from other players, and has kept it up ever since. “I keep doing it because it’s an easier way for tournament players and particularly their family and friends to follow them when they are in tournaments,” she said. Carolyn is also involved with tennis organizations at several levels: as a member of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) SoCal board of directors, as a member of the executive committee for the San Diego District Tennis Association, as a member of the USTA Senior Selection Group, as a member of the USTA International Committee, as the representative to the ITF Seniors Committee, and as a member of the United States International Club board of directors. Learn more about the tournament at www.itftennis.com.