Former world No. 9 Sandrine Testud will be hoping for another dominant performance when she returns to take part in the 2014 edition of the ITF Seniors World Individual Championships on 27 April-4 May, having only narrowly missed out on achieving a cleansweep at last year’s event.
The 41-year-old Frenchwoman won the singles and mixed doubles titles and finished a runner-up in the doubles across the three disciplines in the women’s 40 category last year in Antalya, Turkey.
This year’s event, which takes place in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, will provide Testud with the opportunity for further success in the women’s 40s.
Testud enjoyed a strong professional career, winning WTA titles in Palermo (1997), Filderstadt (1998) and Hawaii (2001) and reaching a further seven finals as well as two Grand Slam quarterfinals. She also won four doubles titles and finished a runner-up at the 1999 US Open alongside Chanda Rubin.
In the women's 45s, Testud’s compatriot Karine Quentrec headlines the field in her first appearance at the ITF Seniors World Individual Championships. Quentrec ranked at No. 45 in the world during her professional career, with the highlight being a WTA title triumph in Taranto in 1989.
Mikael Pernfors, who finished a runner-up to Ivan Lendl in the 1986 Roland Garros final, will make a long-awaited return to the Individual Championships when he contests the event for the first time in 12 years in the Men’s 50s. Pernfors lost in the final back in 2002, the last time the event was played in Florida, and will hope to go all the way this time round.
Sandor Noszaly is also returning to the competition for the second time after a lengthy absence, having lost in the semifinals in 2009. The 42-year-old Budapest native ranked at a career-high No. 95 during his pro career, but twice represented Hungary at the Olympic Games – in Barcelona in 1992 and Atlanta in 1996.
Five-time doubles Grand Slam champion Rick Leach will contest the doubles in the men’s 50s, having won titles in the men’s and mixed 45s doubles in San Diego in 2012, while Jeff Tarango returns with an eye on adding to the individual title he won in 2012.
Australian Ashley Fisher, meanwhile, will make his Individual Championships debut. Fisher is a former Grand Slam doubles semifinalist, having reached the last four alongside Tripp Phillips at the 2006 US Open. He also progressed to the quarterfinals alongside Justin Gimelstob at the 2006 Australian Open and with Nikolay Davydenko at 2004 Wimbledon.
The Seniors World Individuals Championships follows the conclusion of the Seniors World Team Championships, which runs on 21-26 April.