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Diane Fishburne Selected to Prestigious United States Bueno Cup Team

April 8, 2009 02:08 PM

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) recently announced that Diane Fishburne of Charleston, SC has been selected to be a member of the U. S. Maria Esther Bueno Cup Team for women 50 and over.  Fishburne will represent the United States at the 29th ITF Seniors World Team Championships on European red clay courts in Mallorca, Spain April 27-May 2, 2009.  Fishburne is one of a four-woman team selected by the USTA from the very top American players in her age division.  Her teammates include Carolyn Nichols of Lodi, CA; Susan Wright of Grand Junction, CO; and Marianne Robertson of Malibu, CA.  This event is sponsored annually by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).  All member nations are eligible to field teams.  The U. S. is the current defending Bueno Cup champion having won the gold in 2006, 2007, and 2008.  Fishburne, Wright, and Nichols were all members of the victorious 2008 team that won the championships in Antalya, Turkey.

Ms. Fishburne received a BA in Business from the College of Charleston where she played tennis for the Cougars achieving All-American status.  Fishburne, a USPTA and PTR certified tennis professional, teaches tennis at Charleston Country Club where her students not only develop their strokes but a life- long love of the game.  Since beginning her competition at the senior level, she has won more than twenty national singles and doubles titles and three mother/son national doubles titles; three ITF world singles titles; and two ITF world doubles titles.  The Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) awarded Fishburne the Female Player of the Year for 2008.

Despite all of the awards and titles that Ms. Fishburne has received throughout her career, perhaps her greatest sense of accomplishment comes from the volunteer work she performs through sports.  She is a volunteer with wheelchair tennis helping with their tournaments and unified play, she is organizing and will host in May a “Rally for the Cure” at Country Club of Charleston, and a sparkle comes into her eyes when she describes her work with Special Olympics.  Not only has she taught tennis to Special Olympians throughout the Charleston area, she is in the process of organizing with the help of Charleston and South Carolina Special Olympic officials, local teachers, and businessmen a Special Olympics tennis program in Walterboro, SC schools as well as one for special adults in the Walterboro area.  Diane is a busy lady but she is never too busy to help others.