Les Grande Dames Joanne Russell Cup

Naples, Florida. February 18-23, 2020

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The weather was vintage Naples, Florida. It was sunny, cloudy, hot, 90 degrees and humid, cool low 60’s and windy. The Club members’ hospitality was consistently warm and inclusive. The volunteers at the desk kept matches moving. Elly Leary kept her eye on the flow of everything. Janet Kauffman emceed the dinner and raffle drawing with Joanne Russell. Ann Rungi took music requests and led on the dance floor at the NSWTA sponsored cocktail party.  At the banquet Kathy Foulk gave a shout out to NSWTA and all the people who worked on the event.


Thank you to all the sponsors, volunteer hostesses and hosts. The club management worked to please. Increased availability of practice courts and responsiveness to our many questions was evident. Naples motor vehicle traffic is very busy in Winter. But there is much to do and see and eat. So pencil this tournament in for next year.


The tradition of old timely photos of tournament participants surfacing at these tournaments continued. A charming humorous photo of a pint sized, net high, Joanne Russell in glasses smiling at her then older and much taller opponent former Naples resident Joanmarie Bernard, was featured in the Banquet’s poster. Joanmarie now living in Colorado but obviously well known to the Florida crowd, is fast becoming a regular on the circuit.