Shoreham - Wading River Women's Tournament Tennis
Gilly Frei presents the Frei Cup to Mary Lou Abata
It was men only in the early years of the Shoreham Wading River tennis matches.|
It wasn't until 1960 and 1961 when the ladies were invited to play, and then only a one set exhibition match. For some years there-after there were no women's exhibitions, but in about 1970 they were begun again with a few games rather than a full set. Women's exhibition matches were played in connection with the annual tournament in 1974, 1977, and 1978. The teams and scores of these matches have been engraved on the Victor Heatley Tennis Trophy.
In 1978 there were enough women playing in both communities to field two full teams, and they enthusiastically petitioned to be included in the competition. There was resistance to the idea by some of the Shoreham men. However a compromise was reached by the establishment of a separate cup for the women, and women's competition has been included for the last 20 years. The cup, generously donated by Ivy Frei, has gone back and forth between the 2 communities.
Women's Tennis Tournament Player's Roster