Florida USTA League teams won a national championship and finished runner-up at Orlando and Surprise, Ariz., respectfully, over the weekend.

The Mixed 18 & Over 7.0 team from Broward County (Dillon Tennis Center, Oakland Park) captured the national title at the USTA League Mixed 18 & Over 7.0 National Championships held at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla.

The Broward team in the final defeated a team representing USTA Southern (Little Rock, Ark.) 2-1. Earlier in the day they defeated a team from USTA Northern (Eden Prairie, Minn.) 2-1 in the semifinals.

The team is captained by Kevin Sims and includes Sue Mitchell-Greig, Chuck Greig, Michael Stites, Marcus Pfenninger, Loren Levine, Stuart Flanzer, Eliu Montero, Frances Cubano, Jenna Painter, Eduardo Noriega, Patricia Vegas, Anthony Phillips, Brandon Cox, Marie Ferrigno, Natasha Torres, Maria Lanza, Armando Orozco and Rene Elvir.

Last month Broward advanced to the national championships when it won the USTA Florida League Sectionals, capturing its second Mixed 18 & Over 7.0 title in a row, and third in the last four years.

At the 55 & Over 8.0 national championships, the Florida team from Sarasota County (Longwood Athletic Club, Sarasota) fell in the final to the team representing the USTA Midwest Section (Michigan City, Ind.) 2-1 at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex in Surprise, Ariz.

The Sarasota team is comprised of Beverly Kalil (captain), Lynn Deuitch, Donna Hannigan, Christine Adelman, Yvonne Ghilardi, Lorraine Varone, Cathy Powell, Dorene Seider, SueAnn Sanders, Julie Wolfe, Karen Adams, and Marilyn Weisenberg.

Established in 1980, USTA League has grown from 13,000 players in a few parts of the country in its first year to more than 310,000 players across the nation today, making it the world’s largest recreational tennis league.

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.

For more information about USTA Leagues in Florida visit our League page at www.ustaflorida.com/leagues