New England Women Win 2017 Friendship Cup in Woodstock, VT
by Heidi Willoughby

This year marked the 50th Anniversary of the start of the Friendship Cup. Though it began life as a men's event, it expanded to include women in 1979. This competition features a USTA New England team versus players from throughout Quebec, Canada. The event returned this year to the beautiful facilities at the Woodstock Athletic Club on the weekend of June 16-18. This year's expanded format featured 16 singles matches on Saturday and 7 doubles matches on Sunday in age groups 45 and up though 75 and over. The Quebec women came with a strong team, but the New England women were ready, scoring a decisive 20-3 victory.

Judy Smith, playing in her 15th Friendship Cup, was inducted into the Friendship Cup Hall of Fame. The team was delighted to be cheered on by New England tennis legends Carol Jaffe and Ann Murphy, both former Friendship Cup players and captains.

Team members from left to right: Michelle Immler, Tami Bass, Eszter Chase, Maea Brandt, Allyson Bolduc, Amy Degroot, Aleta Cebere, Co-Captain Gail Smith, Michelle Wright, Jeanne Hulsen, Joy Cummiskey, Judy Smith, Heidi Attlfellner, Meg Donahue, Lynn Miller, Co-Captain Heidi Willoughby