One Florida USTA League team took home a national title while another finished runner-up over the weekend at USTA League National Championship events held in Surprise, Ariz. and Orlando, Fla.
At the USTA National Campus in Orlando, the 55 & Over 8.0 women’s team representing Orange-Seminole (Lake Cane Tennis Center, Orlando) defeated USTA Middle States (Washington, N.J.) 3-0 in the final. Earlier in the day, the Orlando squad defeated a team representing USTA Missouri Valley (Norman, Okla.), 2-1 in the semifinals.
The team is captained by Angela Tuckerman and features Terri Haddock, Tami Florin, Mary Ann Koula, Penny Watzka, Patricia Monserez, Lisa Peele, Emily Sakol, Barby Molnar, Jamie Roedig, Jennifer Widga-Kirby and Katherine Foulk.
At the men’s 40 & Over National Championships held at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex in Surprise, Ariz., the Florida team from Broward County (Midtown Athletic Club, Weston) was defeated 3-1 in the championship match by the squad representing USTA Eastern (Mount Kisco, N.Y.). Earlier in the day, the Broward men triumphed over USTA Pacific Northwest (Bellevue, Wash.) with a 3-1 win in the semifinals.
The team is captained by Saeid Sadoughi and features Carlos Reyes, Alex Yokana, Deepak Ahya, Lawrence Freni, Samir Asaad, Fernando Machado, Jorge Alejandro Romo, Mitchell Bookbinder, John Hingley, and German Avellaneda.
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.
For more information on USTA Florida Leagues go to www.USTAFlorida.com/leagues.