Photo: Susan MullaneTina Karwasky (USA)
SAN DIEGO, USA: The 2012 Seniors World Team and Individual Championships get underway in San Diego, USA today, featuring 166 teams from 27 countries.
This is the first time the Seniors (35-60) have headed to America for their World Championships since 2002, when they were held in Florida. At last year's event in Christchurch, New Zealand, four events were not completed due to the earthquake which struck the city.
Top seeds France will be looking to defend their title in the Tony Trabert Cup (Men's 40) with three members of last year's victorious team making the trip to San Diego. They will face stiff competition from second seeds USA, whose side includes Jeff Tarango (USA) a losing finalist in the 1999 French Open men's doubles.
Australia look to be the firm favourites in the Austria Cup (M55) with their side containing the current world number's 1 and 2, Glenn Busby and Gary Thoroughgood. Victory would mean an incredible seventh successive title in this age category for the Australians.
The USA will expect to post strong performances in all ten age categories and will hope home advantage will help them to better their haul of six cups in 2010. It is in the women's cup's where they have been particularly dominant, winning four out of the five women's cup in Mexico in 2010 and three of the four women's cup that were completed in New Zealand last year.
The Americans will be aiming to clinch an amazing sixth successive triumph in the Maureen Connolly Cup (W55) and will be looking to Carolyn Nichols, the only member of last year's side nominated this year, to guide them to victory.