Squads representing four separate counties took home divisional crowns at the USTA Florida Adult 40 & Over 3.0/4.0/5.0 Sectional Championships, held July 17-19 at the USTA National Campus. The women’s 4.0 and men’s 3.0 and 4.0 divisions played their matches on clay, while the women’s 3.0 and the two 5.0 divisions took to the hard courts.
Miami-Dade and Broward counties logged their first wins of the 2021 season over the weekend in the 3.0 divisions. Defending the men’s 3.0 title for the third consecutive year was the squad from Broward County (Midtown Athletic Club, Weston). The Broward men dominated the competition with a perfect 3-0, logging 10 court victories and 20 sets won. Duval County (Sawgrass Racquet Club, Ponte Vedra Beach) was the runner-up with 18 sets earned and eight individual matchup wins for a 2-1 record.
One of the largest groups of the weekend was the women’s 3.0, with a total of 18 teams split across four flights. Miami-Dade (Kendall Tennis Training Center, Miami), Duval County (San Jose Country Club, Jacksonville), Polk County (Beerman Family Tennis Center, Lakeland) and Orange/Seminole/Lake (USTA National Campus, Orlando) all advanced to the semifinals after claiming the top spots in the early flight round-robins. The championship dual came down to Duval and Miami-Dade, with the Miami-Dade squad taking home the crown with wins on the singles court and doubles lines two and three.
Duval County wouldn’t go home empty-handed though, as the men’s 4.0 pitted the Duval squad (San Jose Country Club, Jacksonville) against Broward County (Lauderdale Tennis Club, Fort Lauderdale) in the final. Despite dropping the singles court, Duval swept all three doubles matchups to capture the title on the backs of Eduardo Andrade and Lou Body on court one, Eugene Kasper and Patrick Regan on line two, and Troy Bryant and Lee Braun on court three.
It was a neighboring county rivalry in the 4.0 women’s final, as Hillsborough County (River Hills Country Club, Valrico) and Polk County (Country Club of Winter Haven, Winter Haven) went head-to-head in the championship dual. Hillsborough’s Shannon Deck claimed the singles court for the squad, while teammates Frances Swartz and Jackie Caouette joined forces to secure an extended 6-4, 6-7, 1-0 victory in the second doubles spot. The match came down to the wire as Polk claimed doubles lines one and three, but Hillsborough edged out the victory to take home the Sectional title.
Hillsborough was the only county to leave the USTA National Campus with two titles, also taking home the women’s 5.0 division, beating out Orange/Seminole/Lake 1-0, 0-1.
The competing teams represented various clubs, parks, recreational departments and organizations, and finished at the top of their local leagues during the 2021 season to advance to the USTA Florida Mixed 40 & Over 3.0/4.0/5.0 Sectional Championships.
40 & Over Women’s 3.0
Final: Miami-Dade County (Kendall Tennis Training Center, Miami) d. Duval County (San Jose Country Club, Jacksonville) 3-1
Championship Match Results:
No. 1 Singles: Maira Maguire (Miami-Dade) d. Natasha Eliz 6-3, 6-2
No. 1 Doubles: Lorena Guadiana/Marisabel de la Mora Villarroel (Miami Dade) d. Phyllis Crabtree/Anna Valent 6-3, 6-0
No. 2 Doubles: Heather Riley/Julie Boone (Duval) d. Tiffany Ortiz/Angela Musso 6-3, 6-4
No. 3 Doubles: Kelly James/Maggie Sanchez (Miami-Dade) d. Allison Wise/Michelle Kalil 4-6, 6-4, 1-0
Miami-Dade County Season Roster: Jane Forman (Captain), Bertha Lowell, Kelly James, Marisabel de la Mora Villarroel, Rosana Weinstein Aronson, Ana Tirado, Maira Maguire, Angela Musso, Maggie Sanchez, Gillian McKenzie, Tiffany Ortiz, Lorena Guadiana, Paola Campanella
40 & Over Men’s 3.0
Final: Broward County (Midtown Athletic Club Weston, Weston) finished ahead of Duval County (Sawgrass Racquet Club, Ponte Vedra Beach) 3-0, 2-1 in round robin play
Broward County Season Roster: Saeid Sadoughi (Captain), Lawrence Freni, Alex Punsalan, Jorge Alejandro Romo, Mario Correa, German Avellaneda, Fernando Machado, Deepak Ahya, Samir Asaad, Carlos Reyes, Mitchel Bookbinder, Alex Yokana, John Hingley
40 & Over Women’s 4.0
Final: Hillsborough County (River Hills Country Club, Valrico) d. Polk County (Country Club of Winter Haven, Winter Haven) 2-2
Championship Match Results:
No. 1 Singles: Shannon Deck (Hillsborough) d. Natalie Beavers 6-4, 7-5
No. 1 Doubles: Rebecca Henderson/Sonia Herring (Polk) d. Julie Martin/Christina Dorothy 7-5, 7-5
No. 2 Doubles: Frances Swartz/Jackie Caouette (Hillsborough) d. Carolyn Rotermund/Kathleen Hansen 6-4, 6-7, 1-0
No. 3 Doubles: Amanda Barritt/Misa Kawata (Polk) d. Alejandra Sanderson/Angela Piche 6-4, 5-7, 1-0
Hillsborough County Season Roster: Angela Piche (Captain), Alejandra Sanderson, Shannon Deck, Allison Townsend, Brigitte Paola, Christina Dorothy, June Rogers, Ida-M Pedersen, Daphne Mahagan, Jackie Caouette, Julie Martin, Frances Swartz
40 & Over Men’s 4.0
Final: Duval County (San Jose Country Club, Jacksonville) d. Broward County (Lauderdale Tennis Club, Ft. Lauderdale) 3-1
Championship Match Results:
No. 1 Singles: Mario Rueda (Broward) d. Joseph Travers 6-3, 7-6
No. 1 Doubles: Eduardo Andrade/Lou Body (Duval) d. Steve Martinez/Vincent Salazar 7-5, 2-6, 1-0
No. 2 Doubles: Eugene Kasper/Patrick Regan (Duval) d. David Chalich/William Steed 6-3, 6-3
No. 3 Doubles: Troy Bryant/Lee Braun (Duval) d. Abraham Hasbun/Dave McLaren 6-4, 7-6
Duval County Season Roster: David Boehm (Captain), Eric Leach, Lee Braun, Eduardo Andrade, Eugene Kasper, Lou Body, Troy Bryant, Joseph Travers, Patrick Regan, Thomas Hack, Neal Milligan, Hans Vanden Noort, Ramon Bescansa, Michael Halusek, John Setzler, David Wise
40 & Over Women’s 5.0
Final: Hillsborough County d. Orange/Seminole/Lake 1-0, 0-1
Hillsborough Season Roster: Suzanne Flament-Smith (Captain), Teal Henderson, Brenda Wiser, Elizabeth Baldwin, Christina Lund, Mika Todo, Gail Gibson, Maria Drew, Gueisy Herrmann
2021 USTA FLORIDA LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP CUP STANDINGS
The USTA Florida League Championship Cup is awarded to the county with the most league sectionals titles during the 2021 season (standings through July 20, recent winners in bold):
1. Pinellas County (6 titles) — 65&Over-W7.0/W8.0/M8.0, 55&Over-M9.0, 40&Over-X7.0/X8.0
2. Hillsborough County (4) — 55&Over-W6.0, 40&Over-X9.0/W4.0/W5.0
3T. Duval County (3) — 55&Over-M7.0, 40&Over-X6.0/M4.0
3T. Orange/Seminole/Lake (3) — 55&Over-W7.0/W8.0/W9.0
4. Marion County (2) — 65&Over-W6.0/M7.0
5T. Broward County (1) — 40&Over-M3.0
5T. Escambia County (1) — 55&Over-M8.0
5T. Miami-Dade County (1) — 40&Over-W3.0
Note: County determined by location of team’s home club. Season-ending ties to be broken by teams’ 1st-4th place results at USTA League Nationals.
Next Sectionals: July 24-26, Adult 40 & Over 2.5W/3.5/4.5 Sectional League Championship, USTA National Campus, Orlando.
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.
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