Wright to play on U.S. Maria Esther Bueno Cup team
Susan Wright relishes every opportunity she gets to play tennis.
The Grand Junction woman has been selected by the United States Tennis Association to play on an international cup team for an eighth consecutive season.
“I don’t think about it,” Wright said. “It’s all good right now.”
Wright, 52, will play on the U.S. Maria Esther Bueno Cup team for women ages 50 and older.
The Bueno Cup tournament is March 29-April 3 in Mexico City.
“They’re all different,” Wright said. “Competition is still competition. It’s fun. I can see how Davis Cup and Federation Cup is so cool now. I can see how the Olympics are, that pride of wearing the USA uniform and doing well for your country.”
Wright is one of a four-woman team selected by the USTA from the very top American players in her age division. Her teammates are Diane Fishburne of Charleston, S.C.; Robin Harris of San Diego and Tracey Thompson of San Diego. The International Tennis Federation (ITF) sponsors the event annually and all member nations are eligible to field teams. The U.S. was a finalist in 2009.
“I think we’ll do well,” Wright said. “We’re looking forward to it. We have a really good team.”
Great Britain defeated United States for the Bueno Cup last year.
It was one of only three losses Wright has in six years of playing singles in International Cup play.
“They have the same women back,” Wright said of the team from Great Britian.
Wright spent several years playing tennis on the pro circuit after her graduation from high school and returned to international competition at the senior age level in 2003. She has won 33 USTA National Championship singles and doubles titles.
Her singles record in 2009 earned her the top ranking in the country for women’s 50 singles. She finished 2009 ranked fourth in the world in women’s 50-older singles.
Wright was honored by the USTA in 2008 and 2009 as a Gold Slam winner for capturing all four national women’s 50 doubles titles in 2007 and 2008.
She was selected the Outstanding Colorado Female Player of the Year and the Sportswoman of Colorado for tennis in 2004 and 2009. She was the ITF Senior World Doubles Champion in 2005 and 2009.