The USTA Florida Mixed 40 & Over League 9.0 division team out of Pinellas County (McMullen Tennis Center, Clearwater) finished fourth over the weekend at the USTA League Mixed 40 & Over 9.0 National Championships, held at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex in Surprise, Ariz.
In the 3rd/4th place playoff the Clearwater team lost to USTA Northern California (San Francisco) 2-1.
In the semifinals the Clearwater squad lost to USTA Hawaii (Honolulu) 2-1. Hawaii in the final fell to USTA Southern (New Orleans, La.) 2-1.
The Clearwater team in May won the Mixed 40 & Over League 9.0 division at USTA Florida League Sectionals, in the final edging Indian River County (The Boulevard Tennis Club, Vero Beach) 2-1.
The team’s season roster was comprised of David King (captain), Chris Canfield, Jillene Panella, Christopher Henderson, Kay Caldwell, Dianne Albina, Stephanie Wager, Lynn O’Brien, Brenda Sturm, Sandy Trail, Albert Alhadeff, Ronald Wiser, Barbara Brown, Sean Vickery, Drew Wager, Rhett Rollyson, and Christopher Muller.
About USTA League
Established in 1980, USTA League has grown from 13,000 participants in a few parts of the country in its first year to more than 904,000 players across the nation today, making it the world’s largest recreational tennis league. 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. The 2016 USTA League season is the fourth season with an updated structure and format that offers four age categories (Adult 18 & Over, Adult 40 & Over and Adult 55 & Over and Mixed 18 & Over) to better align participants with players their own age. A fifth age division, the Mixed 40 & Over, was added in 2014.
To learn more about USTA Leagues in Florida go to www.ustaflorida.com/leagues.
For more info on USTA League Nationals go to www.usta.com/Adult-Tennis/USTA-League/National-Championships/usta_league_national_championships_results.