Adult Tennis teams representing the state of Florida at the 2022 USTA League National Championships, have been competing throughout the month of October in locations across the country.
We have reached the halfway mark, and so far, Florida teams have been putting out excellent results, including a team from Miami-Dade County, who were crowned National Champions in the Men’s 4.5 40 and over division.
The team from Miami-Dade (Biltmore Tennis Center) started off the initial round robin hot. They won their opening match 3-1 over Intermountain, and then swept their next one against Midwest. Miami closed out their next two matches in convincing fashion to secure their spot in the semifinals.
Here, they faced off against North California, and the West Coast squad gave Miami a hard fight. Miami took the top lines for both singles and doubles, but NorCal was able to bounce back in the final two doubles matches to even it up at two apiece. This forced a fifth line tiebreaker, which Miami-Dade came out on top to advance to the finals against Southern California. The full results from the championship are listed below:
Miami-Dade d. Southern California 3-1
No. 1 Singles: Ramon Hudec (Miami) d. Kevin Springer 7-5, 6-0
No. 1 Doubles: Alejandro Aller/Antonio Necuze (Miami) d. Paulo Barriga/Chris Kan 6-2, 6-3
No. 2 Doubles: Jason Scanlon/Bryan Vo (SoCal) d. Sebastian Martinze-Christensen/Javier Martinez 6-2, 5-7, 1-0
No. 3 Doubles: Marcos Lopez/Felipe Echeverri (Miami) d. John Nguyen/Ronald Brewer 7-6, 6-3
Miami’s captain, Armando Cabane said this was a long time coming for his team. “After 22 years in Florida’s USTA tennis league and serving as a Team Captain for 21 of them, it was a dream come true to have my team win the National Championship,” he said.
Florida also had other top finishers across the National Championships so far. Over in the Women’s 4.5 18 and over, Broward County (Lauderdale Tennis Club) were finalists after a tough loss to Mid-Atlantic.
In the Women’s 7.0 55 and over Championship, Orange County (Lake Cane Tennis Center) made the semifinals and secured themselves with a third-place finish. Captain Angela Tuckerman said it was a great environment and they look forward to being back. “The energy on campus was great as all the players were excited to be a part of the fun,” Tuckerman said.
Finally, in the Men’s 3.5 40 and over division, Broward County (Brian Piccolo Tennis Center) finished fourth in their National Championship.
For more information about USTA Florida Leagues and the National Championships visit www.ustaflorida.com/leagues.