AUBURN, ALA. – Monday, August 20, 2012 – Georgia was the top state in the 2012 USTA Southern Jr. Team Tennis Section Championships played Aug. 17-19.
Georgia had three champions and three finalists among the eight champions crowded. North Carolina also had three champion teams and one finalist. Wilmington's 18U Intermediate and 12U Intermediate teams both captured a Sectional title, as did Cary's 10U squad. Kentucky and Mississippi had the two other titlists in the coed-team competition.
The winning teams from the 14-and-under and 18-and-under levels won the right to represent USTA Southern at the 2012 USTA Jr. Team Tennis National Championships in October.
For the first time, 10-and under-teams competed for Southern titles.
The tournament was played at the Yarbrough Tennis Center (which served as tournament headquarters), the Auburn University Intramural Tennis Courts and the Samford Avenue Tennis Center.
Teams represented the nine states in USTA Southern, by far the largest of the 17 sections in the country.
Teams play boys’ singles, girls’ singles, boys’ doubles, girls’ doubles and mixed doubles in each match. Advanced players are NTRP 3.5 and above. Intermediate players are NTRP 3.0 or below. All advanced levels were decided by round-robin play
Approximately 35,000 or 42 percent of all Jr. Team Tennis players in the nation play in the Southern Section. The section has 60 percent of the 10 and Under Tennis players.
National championships will be played in Lexington, S.C. with the 14s competing Oct. 18-21 and the 18s competing Oct. 25-28.
Founded in 1881, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in this country. In addition to owning the US Open and selecting members of the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic teams, the USTA administers a variety of programs nationwide for players of all ages and ability levels. A not-for-profit organization, the association is divided into 17 sections, of which the USTA Southern Section is the largest. The 179,000+ USTA members living in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee make up the USTA Southern Section, and account for approximately 25 percent of the total USTA membership. A professional staff housed in Norcross, GA carries out the USTA Southern Section’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 the USTA Southern Section visit www.southerntennis.com.
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Ron Cioffi, USTA Southern
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