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2017 USTA League 65 & Over Southern Sectional Championships

Georgia Wins Four Crowns at 2017 USTA League 65 & Over Southern Sectional Championships


ATLANTA – Dec. 4, 2017 – USTA Southern crowned eight champions of the 2017 USTA League 65 & Over Southern Sectional Championships, played in Hilton Head Island, S.C., Dec. 1-3.

Georgia was represented with four champions, leading the nine states in the tournament. Hilton Head Island, where the three-day competition was played, had a champion and a finalist. Greensboro, N.C. was represented with two finalists.

There were 61 teams with approximately 520 players competing in NTRP levels 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 9.0 combined. Matches were played at the Palmetto Dunes Racquet Club (tournament headquarters), Center Court at Palmetto Dunes, South Beach Racquet Club, Shipyard - Van Der Meer Tennis, Sea Pines Country Club, Port Royal Racquet Club and Wexford Plantation.

Champions and finalists:





Men’s 3.0

Pelham, Ala.
Mike English

Hilton Head Island, S.C. (A)
Michael Wojcik


Men’s 3.5

Madison, Ga.
H.D. Cannington

Greenwood, S.C.
James Rhodes


Men’s 4.0

Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Richard Rickenbach

Greensboro, N.C. (A)
Bill King
(Pictured Below: Left)


Men’s 9.0 combined

Florence, S.C.
Larry Rizzo


in round robin

Women’s 3.0

Zeba Najak

Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Nancy Carter


Women’s 3.5

Lafayette, La.
Laura Brown

McComb, Miss.
Tina Roberts


Women’s 4.0

Marietta, Ga.
Judith West

Greensboro, N.C.
Jane Scott
(Pictured Below: Right)


Women’s 9.0 combined

Bainbridge, Ga.
Dale McColskey


in round robin


Competition will be played using the USTA’s NTRP rating levels 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 9.0 combined men’s and women’s teams. 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 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. The tournament web site is www.Southern65.com, along with our Facebook and Twitter pages.

This year marks the 39th 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 865,000 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 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.

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Media Contact:

Ron Cioffi, USTA Southern

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