Metropolitan Interclub Tennis League Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Mamaroneck, NY - The Metropolitan Interclub Tennis League (MITL) is proud to announce that tennis legend, Virginia Wade, will be its honored guest speaker at its 50th Anniversary Luncheon on April 25th at Beach Point Club in Mamaroneck.
The luncheon will be attended by Captains representing 54 area clubs as well as honored guests.
Virginia Wade is the only British woman in history to have won titles at all four Grand Slam tournaments. In her career, she was ranked as high as No. 2 in the world in singles, and No. 1 in doubles .She was the Number 1 British player for over a decade, but the crowning moment of her career was when she won the Wimbledon Singles Title in 1977. Queen Elizabeth II presented the Trophy, in what was her Silver Jubilee year. In addition to Wimbledon, she won the 1968 U.S. Open Singles Championship and the 1972 Australian Open Singles Titles, as well as four Doubles Titles at the Australian, French and U.S open.
Virginia was ranked in the world’s top ten players for 13 consecutive years. All in all, she won 55 singles titles and 839 matches, the fourth highest in the history of women’s professional tennis. In 1989 she was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island. She has also been honored by Queen Elizabeth II with an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) and an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire). She presently works as a tennis commentator for the BBC.
The MITL, one of the oldest tennis leagues in the United States, was established in 1963 with a total of 8 area clubs’ teams participating. Today, the league has grown to over 1400 players on 143 teams from 54 clubs from throughout Westchester County. Additionally, the MITL sponsors a Seniors League for players over 50 years of age as well as an active Juniors League comprising more than 1,000 juniors who play in the Jack Stahr memorial event at the end of each summer. Jack Stahr, was one of the most well-respected umpire officials in the Unites States Tennis AssociationUSTA, wasand a big supporter of the MITL. The MITL also supports tennis related community organizations which make tennis instruction available to the underprivileged and disabled populations.