Vallis Wilder of Fort Worth helped the United States to the Austria Cup (55-over) championship at the International Tennis Federation’s Senior World Team Championships last week in La Baule, France.
Wilder, a veteran of international competition, along with doubles partner Mike Tammen of Portland, Ore., led the U.S. to a 2-1 victory over Spain in the finals in the highest-ranked event on the ITF Seniors Circuit for male and female players ages 50-60.
The American men had been runners-up for the Austria Cup the past three years. Both Wilder and Tammen are former world doubles champions, but with other partners. Wilder helped lead the U.S. to the Fred Perry Cup (50-over) in 2010 and the Dubler Cup (45-over) in 2004.
The U.S. also won the Maria Esther Bueno Cup (women’s 50) and Alice Marble Cup (women’s 60), but was unable to successfully defend the title in the Maureen Connolly Cup (women’s 55) for the fourth consecutive year.
Wilder also competed in the ITF World Individual Championships this week in La Baule. He advanced to the semifinals Friday before losing to Tammen 4-6, 6-4, 7-5. Tammen will meet top seed and defending champion Glenn Busby of Australia in Saturday’s final.
Wilder won the ITF World Championships in singles and doubles in 2012, 2007, 2006, and added an additional singles title in 2004 and a doubles title in 2005.
The Fort Worth Pro Tennis Classic is scheduled for Aug. 1-9 at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center at TCU.
The tournament is a USTA Pro Circuit event featuring up-and-coming professional players and top collegiate players.
Last year’s Fort Worth champion, Tatjana Maria of Germany, used last year’s tournament as a springboard for her comeback after giving birth to her daughter Charlotte in December of 2013. Maria has climbed to No. 79 in the WTA rankings.
▪ The Fort Worth Major Zone tournament is scheduled for July 24-26 at various sites in Tarrant County. Entry deadline is July 7. For more information contact the Fort Worth Tennis Association at 817-795-4015 or go to fortworthtennis.com.
▪ The Walnut Creek Summer Sizzler is scheduled for Aug. 14-16 at Walnut Creek Country Club in Mansfield. Entry deadline is Aug. 5. For more information call 817-473-1311.
For more tournament and local league information go to USTA.com.
Rusty Hall, 817-390-7816