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Bob Litwin won the ITF World Championships for 55 and over players.

Bob Litwin, longtime Manhasset resident, recently returned from a successful tennis trip to Perth, Australia. For the first time in his career as a senior player he won the ITF World Championships for 55 and over players.

This event, featuring both former tour and non-tour players, was held on the grass courts at Robertson Park, the home of the Australian Tennis Veteran's Association. Winning five matches against top international competitors, Litwin had wins in the quarters, semis and finals over players that he had never beaten before. In the finals he defeated former tour star Lito Alvarez of Buenos Aires, Argentina by the score of 6-2, 3-0 (retired) as Alvarez was unable to complete the match.

In the week prior to the World Championships Litwin, representing the USA in Senior Davis Cup competition, had lost to Alvarez in a tough 3 set match, his first loss on a grass court since 2000. The USA team placed third in the International Team Competition. Bob Litwin was honored as the flag bearer for the USA team at the opening ceremonies.

A nine time USTA National Champion, Litwin has been playing senior tournaments since he turned 35 and has steadily progressed from his first ever US National ranking of 54 in 1985 to his current ranking of #1 in the world. Last week he was honored by the USTA, Eastern Division as the Long Island Player of the Year. He is a full time tennis coach and has been teaching for 33 years on the North Shore of Long Island. He has a private practice out of Great Neck and Glen Cove. He is well known for working on the mental side of the game, having created the Focused Game Method, which helps athletes get and stay focused under pressure. He is also the Mental Training Consultant for the Robbie Wagner Tournament Training Centers in Glen Cove.


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