More tennis success for a team from Georgia in the state of Arizona.
Fresh off the University of Georgia team winning the USTA Tennis On Campus Championship in Arizona, the men’s team from Atlanta, Ga., representing the USTA Southern Section, won the championship at the USTA League 9.0 Super Senior National Championships. This event took place at the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex in Surprise, Arizona.
The Atlanta squad edged a team from Laguna Niguel, Calif. 2-1 in the Championship match. Earlier in the day, the Atlanta team blanked a squad from Bass River, Mass. 3-0 in the semifinals. To get to the semifinals, they won their round robin round on Friday and Saturday.
There is a lot of experience on this team. The team is captained by Hugh Thomson and features Stephen Duffel, Tom Smith, Dale Quigley, Roger Pearce, Marty Pearson, Larry Saheim, Robbin Merriman, They play out of the Northeast Georgia Tennis Center.
The top four teams in order of finish are: USTA Southern (Atlanta, Ga.), USTA Southern California (Laguna Niguel, Calif.), USTA New England (Bass River, Mass.) and USTA Eastern (Syosset, N.Y.).
21 teams took to the court at the 9.0 level in Arizona in both men’s and women’s divisions.
USTA League tennis has grown steadily each and every year. It celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2010. Since its inception in 1980, USTA League has grown from 13,000 participants in its first year, to over 820,000 players across the nation today. It’s the world’s largest recreational tennis league and covers all levels.
The USTA is proud of what a success USTA League tennis has been.
USTA League was established to provide adult recreational tennis players throughout the country with the opportunity to compete against players of similar ability levels. Players participate on teams in a league format, which is administered by the USTA through its 17 Sections. The league groups players by using six National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) levels, ranging from 2.5 (entry) to 5.0 (advanced). USTA League is open to any USTA member 18 years of age or older. It features Adult and Mixed Doubles divisions, as well as a Senior Division (age 50 or older) and a Super Senior Division (age 60 or older).
This year, to make USTA League more competitive, they changed the structure and format of play.
The change gives USTA League participants three age categories (Adult 18 & Over, Adult 40 & Over and Adult 55 & Over and Mixed 18 & Over) to better align participants with other players their own age. Results so far have been positive.
Head Penn Racquet Sports is in its 26th year as official ball of USTA League.