2016 18 & Over, 40 & Over Champions Decided at Combo Doubles Southern Sectional Championships
NORTH CAROLINA, TENNESSEE, LOUISIANA HAVE STANDOUT RESULTS
MOBILE, ALA. – March 13, 2017 – USTA Southern crowned 19 champions at the 2016 18 & Over and 40 & Over Combo Doubles Southern Sectional Championships, played March 10-12.
North Carolina had the most champions with six, plus a finalist, while Tennessee placed five winners and three runners-up. Louisiana had a strong showing with three champions and three finalists.
Raleigh, N.C., teams grabbed two winners' trophies and had one runner-up. Tennessee cities were well represented as Chattanooga had two champions and Knoxville had one winner and two finalists.
A 40 & Over Men’s 5.5 level was added this year, pushing the event to 19 levels. The annual championships were played at the Copeland-Cox Mobile Tennis Center (tournament headquarters) and the Cottage Hill/Medal of Honor Park March 10-13.
There were 168 men’s and women’s teams with 1,522 players from nine states. More information can be found on the tournament’s website, www.SouthernCombo.com. This is the 2016 tournament because teams qualified in local play last year.
Levels highlighted in gray played finals while the other levels played round robins. Champions and finalists were:
A team match consisted of three courts. Most teams played four team matches, with the top two teams in each level facing off in a final. Three levels played a round robin without a final. In Combo Doubles, the two teammates on court must have a combined National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) rating that does not exceed the level in which the team competes.
USTA Southern crowned six champions at the 2016 55 & Over Combo Doubles Southern Sectional Championships, played March 3-5, in Auburn, Ala.
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.
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). Combo Doubles is open to any USTA member 18 years of age or older. It features an 18 & Over, a 40 & Over and a 55 & Over division.
Team photos are available on request. Email Ron Cioffi: email@example.com.
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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 655,000 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 160,000+ 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.
Ron Cioffi, USTA Southern
Combo Doubles Southern Sectional Championships