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Cheney, Morton To Play At World Championships in Turkey

July 16, 2008 01:00 AM

USTA Central Arizona senior players Brian Cheney (Chandler) and Jason Morton (Sun Lakes) will represent the United States in mid-October at the 2008 ITF Seniors and Super Seniors World Team Championships in Antalya, Turkey. Cheney will play for Team USA in Men's 65, Morton will play on the Men's 80 squad.

The event will be held October 12-18 at the Club Ali Bey Manavgat tennis club. This is the world's largest senior international team tennis competition, with more than 375 team entries from 38 different countries in 13 different men's and women's age groups. Competitors in the event will range from 35 years old to 80 years old.

Cheney, currently ranked No. 3 in the world in Men's 60's singles by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), will spearhead Team USA's quest to win the Von Cramm Cup. Cheney, the son of International Tennis Hall of Famer Dodo Cheney, is a frequent competitor on the international stage.

Cheney led Team USA to a 3-0 victory over Germany in the finals in 2007 in New Zealand, playing No. 1 singles. This year's trip to Turkey will be the 17th consecutive year Cheney has participated for Team USA in international competition.

Joining Cheney on the USA's Von Cramm Cup team will be David Nash (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Dick Johnson (Ballwin, Mo.). Captain of the squad is Bob Litwin (Glenwood Landing, N.Y.).

Morton will turn 80 years old this December, but is still going strong, and will be competing as part of the USA's Gardner Mulloy Cup Team. Heis currently ranked No. 15 in the ITF World Rankings in Men's 80's, and has been a Team USA member on several occasions, starting with the Dubler Cup in the Men's 45's division.

Joining Morton on the Mulloy team will be Clement Hopp (Sarasota, Fla.), Graydon Nichols (Hanford, Calif.) and Anthony Franco (Briarcliff, N.Y.).

"It's always a privilege to be on the team," said Morton, who has won 10 world individual titles and 61 USTA national championship gold balls, but still might be best known for being the chair umpire for the Billie Jean King-Bobby Rigs "Battle of the Sexes" match. "Representing your country is definitely one of the biggest thrills a player can have."

For more information on the ITF Senior and Super Senior World Championships, click here.