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bluepastures
Sep 14th, 2003, 11:23 AM
I watched one day of this event last year when it was held at the West Hants club in Bournemouth. Here's details on this year's event:

September 11, 2003

INTERNATIONAL TENNIS HALL OF FAME TO HOST
MAUREEN CONNOLLY CHALLENGE TROPHY OCTOBER 2-4

NEWPORT, RI - The International Tennis Hall of Fame will host the Maureen Connolly Challenge Trophy in Newport on October 2-4, 2003. The event features five of the top Girl's 18 and under players from the United States and Great Britain.

The Maureen Connolly Challenge Trophy is celebrating its 30th anniversary of international competition between the two nations. Each country fields a team of five players with a format of eleven matches played over 3 days (9 singles matches and 2 doubles matches). The event is officially sanctioned by the USTA and The Lawn Tennis Association of Great Britain.

The United States leads the competition 18-10. In 2000, the Challenge ended in a tie and the event was not held in 2001 due to the tragedy in New York City.

The late Maureen Connolly (1934-1969) was an incredible competitor and tennis player, whose career was cut short by a horseback riding accident. On the tennis courts she was known for crushing the opposition, never losing an important match, and only occasionally losing a set. She was ranked No. 1 in the world 1951-53, had a streak of nine successive majors (three U.S., three Wimbledon, two French, one Australian) and was unbeaten in 50 consecutive matches. She was the first woman to record a Grand Slam - all four majors in a calendar year (1953). She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1968, the same year she and her good friend Nancy Jeffett founded the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation.

The Challenge was inaugurated in 1973 by Mary Hardwick Hare, former British Wightman Cup player and Nancy Jeffett, co-founder of the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation, twenty years after Maureen "Little Mo" Connolly's Grand Slam and four years after her death. The first two meetings were held in the United States, but since 1975, play has alternated between the United States and Great Britain. The competition is presented by the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation in an effort to further junior tennis development in the United States and around the world.

Matches will be held on Bill Talbert Stadium Court at the International Tennis Hall of Fame starting daily at 10:00am. Thursday's schedule: Opening Ceremonies followed by four matches; Friday's schedule: four matches; Saturday's schedule: 3 matches, Closing Ceremonies and the Trophy Presentation.

Tickets for the Maureen Connolly Challenge Trophy at the International Tennis Hall of Fame can be obtained by calling 401-849-3990. Daily tickets are available for $10 each and a three day combo ticket is available for $25.

For additional information please contact: Kat Anderson, International Tennis Hall of Fame, 401-849-3990 (Newport) Carol Weyman, Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation, 214-352-7978 (Dallas)