MACON, GA. (October 15, 2012) –Tennessee had four champions and four finalists as 10 teams were crowned champions in the 2012 USTA Southern Mixed Doubles Section Championships Sunday.
Knoxville, Tenn. scored with two champions and two finalists, while Memphis had two champions and a finalist.
The winning adult teams have been invited to the USTA Mixed Doubles National Championships to represent USTA Southern, the largest of the 17 USTA sections Mixed doubles adults 2.5, 7.0 & 9.0 will compete in Tucson, Ariz. Nov. 9-11 and the 6.0, 8.0 & 10.0 will compete in Tucson Nov. 16-18. The Senior Mixed Invitational will be conducted March 22-24, 2013, in Chattanooga, Tenn., for senior teams with players 50 years and over.
Champions and finalists and their captains are:
Team photos are available on request. The tournament web site is: http://www.southernmixed.com.
Teams consisted of at least three men and three women and each match consists of three courts.
There were 76 teams with 725 players entered in the competition. Matches were played at three sites: John Drew Tennis Center (main site), Healy Point Country Club and Idle Hour Country Club.
The 2012 tournament is presented by the USTA Southern Section in cooperation with strong local volunteer support. Penn Racquet Sports is in its 24th year as official ball of USTA League Tennis. Stonyfield Organic is in its first year of sponsorship.
This year marks the 32th 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 19 years of age or older. It features Adult and Mixed Doubles divisions, as well as a Senior Division (age 50) and a Super Senior Division (age 60).
For more information about USTA League program or the USTA as a whole, visit www.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 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 740,000 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 179,000+ USTA members living in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee make up USTA Southern, and account for approximately 25 percent of the total USTA membership. The section owns and operates the BB&T Atlanta Open, an ATP World Tour 250 tournament. 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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