January 25th, 2017

Tennis Briefs: ITA Kick-Off Previews; Find a USTA League Near You

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Find a 2017 USTA League with New Florida Local Search

USTA Leagues are currently registering across Florida for the 2017 league season, offering local league competition for ages 18-and-up at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Players can now search for leagues locally on the newly-updated USTA Florida Leagues webpage.

USTA Leagues is the largest recreational tennis league in the world, with most leagues offering advancement to sectional (state) and national championships. Age groups include Adult 18 & Over, Adult 40 & Over, Adult 55 & Over, Adult 65 & Over, in addition to mixed doubles leagues, Combo, Tri-Level, Flex League and other options.

Meet people at your own skill level and enjoy getting active, socializing with friends, and improving your game.

To search by Florida county for USTA Leagues starting now or upcoming in your area

  1. Go to the updated USTA Florida Leagues contact page at www.ustaflorida.com/local-contacts/?contact_program=usta-leagues.
  2. Select your County from the drop down menu
  3. Click on the Local League Coordinator for your area

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 general league information, including a Player Guide Handbook, go to www.ustaflorida.com/leagues.


Florida, Florida State, Miami in ITA Kick-Off Weekend Tennis Action Beginning Friday

The 9th annual ITA Kick-Off Weekend takes place Jan. 27-29, 2017, at 23 Division I tennis facilities across the country. In all there will be 60 teams competing per gender in Kick-Off Weekend events.

Fifteen regional sites will host play on both the men’s and women’s side, with four teams competing in each regional. The winners of the single-elimination event advance to next month’s ITA Division I National Team Indoor Championships. Yale (women’s) and Virginia (men’s) will serve as hosts for the National Team Indoors and received automatic invitations to the event, and are exempt from competing in the Kick-Off Weekend.

Among the Florida men’s teams, the University of Florida will be a host site to South Florida, LSU, and UNC Wilmington. Florida State will head to Texas Tech, along with teams Mississippi State and Iowa.

Among the Florida women’s teams, the University of Florida will host Florida International, South Florida and DePaul, and Miami will host Texas A&M, South Alabama and Brown. Florida State will head to Ohio State, along with teams Alabama and Harvard.

Host sites for Kick-Off Weekend were determined using the final 2015-16 Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings. A draft was held to fill the No. 2-4 seeds at all locations, using the final national team rankings as a guide to determine draft order.

Opening round contests at each location pits the No. 1 seed versus the No. 4 seed, and the No. 2 seed against the No. 3 seed. The two winners advance to the following day’s championship match, while the two losing teams will square off in a consolation match.

For more info go to www.itatennis.com/Events/Kick-OffWeekend.htm.