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Teresa Catlin named top seed at the British Open Seniors Indoor Tennis Championships

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Tennis player Teresa Catlin. Picture: Judy Czylok (6767283)
Tennis player Teresa Catlin. Picture: Judy Czylok (6767283)

Teresa Catlin is top seed for this weekend’s British Open Seniors Indoor Tennis Championships at Tipton in the West Midlands.

The Cambridge LTC club coach moves into the 50-54 age group for the first time – three weeks before her 50th birthday – and is the player to beat following her successful return to competitive tennis a year ago.

This time last year she won the 45-49 competition and that proved the springboard to a return to international competition, helping the GB 45-plus team to the silver medal at the World Team Championships in Miami in October.

Now she has her sights on the 50-plus world championship in Lisbon this summer – and she will be hoping an old friend and rival will be in the team with her.

Anne Simpkin (now Meredith) was a GB junior team-mate of Catlin’s as well as a rival on the junior circuit and the two have stayed in touch.

Although Meredith no longer plays much singles due to injury and is not in the individual competition, she and Catlin have teamed up for the doubles – where they are the top seeds – again with one eye on international selection later in the season.

“I don’t really know the players in the singles so it will be nice to play different players,” said Yonex-sponsored Catlin, ahead of the competition which starts on Friday (January 25). “I’m looking forward to the challenge.

“I’m also looking forward to catching up with Anne and as we are also staying together, it may be there’s more talking than tennis!”

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