The USTA Florida Mixed 40 & Over League 8.0 division team out of Pinellas County (St. Pete Tennis Center) finished second over the weekend at the USTA League Mixed 40 & Over 6.0/8.0 National Championships, held at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex in Surprise, Ariz.
In the final the St. Pete mixed squad were edged by USTA Southern (Daniel Island, S.C.) 2-1. St. Pete’s David Biren/Mary Paul scored their point at No. 2 doubles, defeating Southern’s Mathew Sears/Elizabeth Forney 6-4, 6-4.
In the semifinals the St. Pete team defeated USTA Hawaii (Oahu) 2-1. They advanced to the semifinals by winning their round robin group 3-0.
At the Mixed 40 & Over Florida sectionals in May the St. Pete team defeated Miami-Dade South (Coral Pine Park, Pinecrest) 2-1 in the final to advance to the national championships.
Their season roster was comprised of John Green (captain), Mary Paul, Albert Alhadeff, Kathryn Douglas, Mary Miller, David King, Brian Kenney, Joseph Starnes, Gerald Alvarado, Linda Wolf, Kay Caldwell, Kerryn Ellson, David Biren, Lynn O’ Brien, and Thinh Duong.
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.