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Cambridge coach is heading to Florida

Teresa Catlin has received a Great Britain call-up more than 25 years after she last played international tennis.

The 49-year-old Cambridge coach has been named in the GB team of four women to contest the over-45 Young Seniors World Team Championship in Florida in October.

Her selection comes after a whirlwind return to competitive tennis in which she won the national indoor title at the start of 2018 and was runner-up in the clay court championships in Bournemouth last month.

And although players mainly have to self-fund the trip barring a small allowance, there was no hiding Catlin’s delight.

“I’m thrilled to have another chance to represent GB after so long,” said the Cambridge club coach who will be playing for Cambridgeshire this summer in an over-40 league and for the over-35s at the Inter-Counties Championships at Eastbourne in August.

“After deciding to get back into vets tennis, I never thought it would be possible to play this year in the team and surprised myself at how easily the competitive mindset came back after so many years of coaching.

“Coaching has kept my eye in and I have been fortunate to stay relatively injury free, although I have plenty of niggles that I will have to manage carefully whilst training to the appropriate level required.

“I am looking forward to reliving the exciting childhood memories I have from previous GB team events and the camaraderie of the team. Also being back at Flamingo Park – I was last there in approximately 1984 for the Orange Bowl event.”

It is likely that Catlin will play both singles and doubles, teaming up with Michelle Oldham with whom she won the national over-35 clay court doubles title in Bournemouth.

It was also singles champion Oldham who was responsible for encouraging Catlin to return to national level tennis since swapping her playing career for a coaching role which has taken her to Cheshire, Manchester, Jersey and Spain before she returned nine years ago to the club where she made her breakthrough as a junior.

She went on to play at both Junior Wimbledon and in the main draw as well as representing GB in the Maureen Connolly Trophy.

The ’Young Seniors’ tournament – in three age groups for men and women aged 35-plus, 40-plus and 45-plus – takes place from October 21-26 at two venues in Miami.

The women are set to play on the green clay courts of Flamingo Park Tennis, although that will not be confirmed until organisers know the exact number of teams entered.

There will be an official two-hour opening ceremony the day before play commences and an official team dinner with a ‘Tennis in the 80’s’ theme and all competitors will be expected to dress to fit the era.

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