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Patterson named to U.S. Women's 35s Tennis Team

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Brazil native, Jamie Patterson was recently selected by the United States Tennis Association to compete for the United States Women's 35s Tennis Team.

Patterson has been selected to the Suzanne Lenglen Cup team, an international competition for women 35 and older. The matches will be played in Perth, Australia, March 27th through April 1.

Jamie is a tennis instructor at the Wabash Valley Tennis Club in Terre Haute. She holds three gold balls for winning three USTA doubles championships, and has been a finalist in three other USTA nationals (two in singles). She played on the Lenglen Cup team in 2002 and 2003.

In 2002, Patterson played two strong singles matches as the No. 3 U.S. player before suffering a muscle tear that sidelined her from the remainder of competition in which the team placed second to the Netherlands after beginning the 12-team tournament in Naples, FL, unseeded.

She also competes regularly with her husband, Dave in mixed-doubles competitions and have won local and sectional tournaments. Their son, Matthew, plays on his high school team as well.

The American team has four members, including a playing captain. The USA is the defending champion, having defeated the Netherlands in the 2004 finals held in Antalya, Turkey.

The competition is named for Suzanne Lenglen who, as a twenty-year old tennis prodigy, created a sensation at Wimbledon in 1919. The young French girl defeated Mrs. Manbert-Chambers, seven times the Wimbledon Champion, to win the title.

Lenglen became known as "the Divine; both because of her game, often described as light-as-air and graceful, and because of her love of society gatherings and dresses that were the talk of the fashion magazines. The French champion opened doors for women players by getting rid of all constraints that might have hindered play (petticoats and long-sleeve blouses).

Lenglen remained a pioneer to the end of her renowned career, becoming the first 'professional player' in the history of tennis. Despite her on-court successes, Lenglen suffered from fragile health and died of leukemia in 1938, only 39 years old.

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