Friedlander gets trophy at Nationals

LAKE PLACID – Lake Placid’s Linda Friedlander was honored last week with The Betty Gray Washington Sportsmanship Award during the USTA National Senior Women’s Clay Court Championships at the Houston Racquet Club in Texas.

Voted on by her tournament peers (age groups from 35-85), her name will be inscribed on the 2′ Sportsmanship residing at the Club with 34 other national players since 1980 who proceeded her.

Selection for the above award is based on a player’s on-court conduct, friendliness and overall contribution to women’s tennis. Linda has been competing in national tennis tournaments for the past 25 years, gaining rankings as high as 4 in doubles and 12 in singles nationwide. She has also covered tournaments for her age group and written feature articles for the National Senior Women’s Tennis Association’s quarterly magazine.

At Betty Washington’s cancer related death, friends of hers initiated this award to a well- and talented teaching pro at the Houston Racquet Club and a National Clay Court Champion in 1972.

While on the Grass Court circuit, she competed against such ranked players as Althea Gibson among others.

When Linda Friedlander’s name was announced at the tournament banquet last Wednesday, she admitted, “I was shocked and could not believe my ears. I didn’t even think the gals younger than I even knew who I am.” Then I thought of my recently deceased husband John who would have quipped to me, “Obviously they don’t know you well enough!”