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SC Team Wins USTA League Section Championships

LOUISIANA, ALABAMA, MISSISSIPPI, GEORGIA, SOUTH CAROLINA AND KENTUCKY
WIN USTA LEAGUE SECTION CHAMPIONSHIPS

Teams Now Advance to USTA League National Championships

AAUBURN, AL, & LEXINGTON, SC July 29, 2013 -- Eleven teams from the Southern Section have advanced to the national championship round of the largest adult recreational tennis league in the world by winning the USTA League Southern Sectional Championships, held this weekend in Auburn, Ala. and Lexington, S.C. 

 

North Carolina led the way with three teams while Alabama and Tennessee had two each. Both Alabama teams represented Birmingham and played out of the Pelham (Ala.) Racquet Club.

Champions and finalists were:

Level

Champions
Hometown/Facility or Name

Finalists
Hometown/Facility or Name

Men’s 3.0
Auburn, Ala.

Tunica Resorts, Miss. (A)
Tunica National Golf & Tennis

Lake Charles, La.
Lake Charles Racquet Club

Men’s 3.5
Lexington, S.C.

Birmingham, Ala.

Pelham Tennis Center.

Atlanta, Ga.
The Estates

Men’s 4.0
Auburn, Ala.

Atlanta, Ga.
Chattahoochee Run

Hattiesburg, Miss.
Hattiesburg Racquet Club

Men’s 4.5
Lexington, S.C.

Spartanburg, S.C.
Beech Springs Middle School

Baton Rouge, La.
Party Bus

Men’s 5.0
Auburn, Ala.

Charlotte, N.C.

Waddell School

Myrtle Beach, S.C.
GWBU-GSTL

Women’s 2.5
Lexington, S.C.

Mandeville/Covington, La.

Stone Creek Club and Spa

Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Spanish Wells Country Club

Women’s 3.0
Auburn, Ala.

Nashville, Tenn. (B)

Sequoia Tennis Association

Raleigh, N.C.
North Hill Club

Women’s 3.5
Lexington, S.C.

Birmingham, Ala.

Pelham Tennis Center

Lake Charles, La.
Wow Factors!

Women’s 4.0
Auburn, Ala.

Hickory, N.C.
Hickory City Park

New Orleans, La.
Spring Chix

Women’s 4.5
Lexington, S.C.

Raleigh, N.C.
Worthdale Park

Knoxville, Tenn. (A)
Lori Brown

Women’s 5.0
Auburn, Ala.

Knoxville, Tenn.

Knoxville Racquet Club

Charlotte, N.C.
Park Road Park Tennis Facility

The teams, which represented various clubs, parks, recreational departments and organizations, earned the right to represent one of nine states -- Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee -- by playing in leagues this year.

 

The leagues were established to provide adult recreational tennis players with the opportunity to compete against players of similar ability levels. Players participate on teams in a league format, which is administered by USTA Southern. The league groups players by using six NTRP levels, ranging from 2.5 (entry) to 5.5 (advanced). USTA League is open to any USTA member 18 years of age or older.

 

Team photos are available on request. E-mail Dene Owen at owen@sta.usta.com.

 

The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. It owns and operates the US Open, the largest annually attended sporting event in the world, and launched the Emirates Airline US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns the 96 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S., and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic games. A not-for-profit organization with more than 722,000 members, it invests 100 percent of its proceeds in growing the game. It is divided into 17 sections, of which USTA Southern is the largest. The 176,000 USTA members living in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee make up USTA Southern, and account for nearly 25 percent of the total USTA membership. USTA Southern also owns a majority share of the BB&T Atlanta Open, an 250 ATP World Tour event. A professional staff housed in Norcross, Ga., carries out USTA Southern’s daily operations, but policy is formed and much of the organization’s work is executed via a board and committee structure of over 200 volunteers. For more information about the types of programs and services offered by USTA Southern, visit www.southerntennis.com.

 

Media Contact:

Ron Cioffi

USTA Southern Director of Communications

BB&T Atlanta Open Media Director

cioffi@sta.usta.com

O: 770-368-8200 x112

M: 770-378-7856

 

 

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