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Stoner to Compete at ITF World Team Championships in Spain

April 1, 2009 07:23 PM
The United States Tennis Association recently named Andrew Stoner of Cave Creek, Ariz. to play for the United States 2009 Men’s 45’s Dubler Cup International Tennis Team.

Also competing with Stoner on the Dubler Cup team will be old friends Gilbert Schuerholz of Ellicott City, Md. and Douglas Elly of Springfield, Mo. along with Mike Rose of Escorse, MI.

The Dubler Cup is part of the 2009 International Tennis Federation World Team Championships being played on red clay courts this year in Mallorca, Spain April 27 – May 2, 2009.

 "Gil (Gilbert) and I have known each other since college days. After college, when Gil lived in Baltimore and I lived in Harrisburg, Pa. we’d take turns driving to work out together and play a little tennis. We won a National Championship at the Men’s 30’s Indoor doubles together. We traveled together playing the tennis circuit sharing expenses back in the 80’s."

Douglas Elly and Andy have been friendly competitors for years and played each other twice this last year.

Andy is no stranger to international competition this being the fourth time he has been named to represent the United States. Andy represented the U.S. back in 2003 when he was a member of the Italia Cup Team competing in Berlin, Germany. Over the past 9 months Stoner has compiled an impressive record of tennis wins including the men’s 45’s singles title at the 2008 Fiesta Bowl and the 2009 Babolat World Tennis Championships Men’s 45 singles and 40’s mixed doubles titles. Andrew is currently working as a tennis professional at the Gainey Ranch Estate Club in Scottsdale, Ariz.

"It’s been a long time since I have competed at this top level. I started competing again nine months ago with the goal of winning a gold ball (National Championship) at the 2008 grass courts. I have 13 gold balls and wanted 14. It’s been a long time between winning my last one (gold ball). With an injury to my elbow and a knee problem it’s been 5 to 6 years since I played the big tournaments. I made it to the finals of the grass and wound up losing to Val Wilder 6-3, 6-3. After the match I started talking to Val about getting on an international team. At that moment my goals changed. I wanted to be part of an international team again. I knew I could do this if I really tried."

More than 700 of the best tennis players in the world, ages 35 to 55 will participate in the ITF Seniors World Team Championships in Spain. Following the team competition, many of the players will compete in the ITF Individual World Championships.

Fellow Phoenician Sherri Bronson (Scottsdale, Ariz.) will also represent the United States, competing in the Women's 55 division at the ITF World Team Championships.

For more information on the ITF World Senior Team Championships, click HERE.