Americans Take Home Two Titles in ITF Seniors World Team Championships at Polo Club Boca Raton


A strong field of 450 International Tennis Federation (ITF) players filled the rosters of teams from 39 countries and competed recently for several prestigious senior circuit team championships on the 27 Har-Tru courts at the Polo Club Boca Raton. Boca Raton resident Michael Halperin competed for the U.S Team and United States Tennis Association (USTA) in the team completion for the Italia Cup – Men’s 35 & Over Championship. This year’s tournament included first time teams China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Haiti and Venezuela, who joined the tourney with their fellow globetrotters including ITF regulars and this year’s team championship winners and runners-up teams: U.S.A., France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Netherlands and Great Britain. Jean Mills, tennis director at Polo Club Boca Raton was the ITF Seniors World Championships Tournament Director for the event held April 20 to May 4. According to Mills, the world-class tennis event, which is held annually, had not been hosted in the U.S. since 2002 when the tournament called Fort Lauderdale home. Because of the size of the tournament, Mills said that Polo Club Boca Raton was the host site for the tournament but that matches and intense tennis competition for the ITF Championships also took place at BallenIsles, Mirasol, PGA National Resort, Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center, Boca West, Boca Grove and Woodfield Country Club. “Polo Club is very honored to be hosting such a prestigious event,” said Mills. “It showcases the goodwill Polo Club and our members have for all the various countries and competitors. We appreciate the distance everyone has come and we want the players to consider Polo their home away from home.”