Weston, Tampa men reach final four at USTA League National Championships
USTA Florida League teams placed 2nd and 4th at the USTA League 18 & Over National Championships, held last weekend in Arlington, Texas, and at the USTA National Campus in Orlando.
The Broward County men out of the Weston Tennis Center finished runner-up at the USTA League 18 & Over 4.0 National Championships in Arlington, Texas, narrowly falling to a team from the USTA Caribbean Section (San Juan, P.R.) 3-2 in the championship.
Earlier in the day the Weston team defeated USTA Texas (Waco) 5-0 in the semifinals. They advanced to the semis by winning their round-robin flight contested on Friday and Saturday.
Their season roster was comprised of Jorge Evaristo (captain), Andres Piske, Humberto Cuffaro, Francisco Marcano, Osvaldo Canel, Jose Peraza, Jorge Corrales, William Villalobos, Hugo Moreno, Brian Wilner, Roberto Nieves, Alejandro Izquierdo, Pedro Garcia, Humberto Valbuena, Efrain Torres, Tony Alzuru, Carlos Casadevall, and Jorge Yegres.
The Florida 5.0 men out of Hillsborough County (Northdale Golf & Tennis Club, Tampa) finished fourth at the USTA League 18 & Over 5.0+ National Championships in Orlando.
In the semifinals the Tampa men lost to the eventual-champion USTA Southern Section (Lexington, S.C.) 2-1, then fell in the 3rd/4th place playoff match. They advanced to the semis by winning their round-robin flight contested on Friday and Saturday.
The Tampa men’s season roster was Richard Beardsley (captain), Christopher Henderson, Jason Hood, Andrew Laflin, Jonathas Sucupira, Stephen Lappano, Jim Overton, Christopher Muller, and Nestor Vargas.
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.
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