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2017 Adult 55 & Over Southern Sectional Championships

USTA League Adult 55 & Over Southern Sectional Championships


ATLANTA – SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 – Six of the nine states in USTA Southern had champions in the 2017 USTA League Adult 55 & Over Southern Sectional Championships, which was played in Asheville, N.C., Sept. 15-17.

All states except for Arkansas had at least a champion or finalist in the three-day event. South Carolina had two winners and a finalist while Alabama had two champions. North Carolina was another standout with a champion and two finalists.

Matches were played at Asheville Racquet Club Downtown (tournament headquarters), Asheville Racquet Club South and Aston Park Tennis Center.

This year’s event drew the top 76 teams consisting of about 700 players. Players must be 55 years of age or older at any time in 2017.

The tournament has added a host of amenities to this year’s edition, with a prize wheel and iPads that allow players to immediately view results via the tournament website. Also, the championships have notably increased signage on and off the tennis sites.

Champions and finalists were:


Hometown - Captain/s

Hometown – Captain/s

in final

Men’s 3.0

Raleigh, N.C.
Chris Evans
(Pictured below: Left)

Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Michael Wojcik & Peter Martin


Men’s 3.5

Greenwood, S.C.
James Rhodes

Lake Oconee, Ga.
Mark Watkins & Roger Fields


Men’s 4.0

Lexington, Ky. (A)
John Houston & Kevin Kelly

Mandeville/Covington, La.
Bentley Harvey


Men’s 9.0 combined

Bluffton, S.C. (A)
John Brittis

Wilmington, N.C. (A)
Albert Elrod & Ben Baggett
(Pictured below: Middle)


Women’s 3.0

Mobile, Ala.
Dianne Mareno

Durham, N.C.
Donna Webb
(Pictured below: Right)


Women’s 3.5

Lafayette, La.
Carla Moylan

Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Jane Moore


Women’s 4.0

Nashville, Tenn.
Jeanne Moran-Jones

Ridgeland, Miss.
Lynn Ogden


Women’s 9.0 combined

 Birmingham, Ala.
Barbara Ernest

Louisville, Ky.
Susan Britney



Men’s 3.0 Champions Men’s 9.0 Finalists Women’s 3.0 Finalists


The tournament web site is www.Southern55.com, along with our Facebook and Twitter pages. For more information about the event, visit USTA Southern, USTA League or the USTA.

This year’s event drew the top teams from throughout the section’s nine states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Many of the teams – which represent various clubs, parks, recreational departments and organizations – have finished at the top of their local leagues or are noted as top teams in their respective states.

The 2017 tournament is presented by USTA Southern in cooperation with strong local volunteer support. Penn Racquet Sports is in its 28th year as official ball of USTA League Tennis.

This year marks the 37th anniversary of the USTA League. Established in 1980, it has grown from 13,000 participants in a few parts of the country in its first year to over 585,000 players across the nation today, making it the world’s largest recreational tennis program. There are more than 115,000 adult and senior players in USTA Southern playing on an average of nearly three teams per year. The USTA League was established to provide adult recreational tennis players throughout the country with the opportunity to compete against players of similar ability levels. Players participate on teams in a league format, which is administered by the USTA through its 17 Sections. The league groups players by using six 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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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 seven summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns about 90 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 660,000 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 162,000+ 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. A professional staff housed in Peachtree Corners, 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 more than 200 volunteers. For more information about the types of programs and services offered by USTA Southern, visit www.southerntennis.com.

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Media contact:

Ron Cioffi

USTA Southern Director of Communications

O: 770-368-8200 x112  M: 770-378-7856