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2017 USTA Southern Mixed Doubles Sectional Championships

Tennessee, Arkansas Stand Out at 2017 USTA Southern Mixed Doubles Sectional Championships


ATLANTA – October 9, 2017 – Tennessee and Arkansas rose to the top of the 2017 USTA Southern Mixed Doubles Sectional Championships, played Oct. 6-9, in metro Little Rock, Ark.

Tennessee was well represented with Memphis having two champions and Knoxville reaching two finals. The host, Little Rock’s metro area, had two champions and a finalist. Hattiesburg, Miss., also had two champions.

The tournament was played at two facilities: The Burns Park Tennis Center in North Little Rock, Ark., (tournament headquarters), and Rebsamen Tennis Center in Little Rock, Ark.

There were 69 teams with approximately 630 players who competed in nine levels: 18 & Over – 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0, 10.0 Combined and 40 & Over – 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0 The Southern champions will compete at the Copeland-Cox Mobile (Ala.) Tennis Center in the USTA League National Championships, scheduled for November.

Teams consisted of at least three men and three women and each match consisted of three courts. The combined NTRP rating of the two players on court had to equal the level’s number. Most teams began play in a round-robin format with the winners of each flight meeting in the finals Saturday and Sunday. The Adult 18 & Over 10.0 and Adult 40 & Over 6.0 levels only played a round robin.

Champions and finalists, and their captain/co-captains, are:





18 & Over 6.0

North Little Rock, Ark.
Susan Altrui/Michelle Wood

Knoxville, Tenn.
Jay Huffman


18 & Over 7.0

Hattiesburg, Miss. (A)
Shannon Ishee

Pelham, Ala.
Patrick Mills & Rusty Wilkes


18 & Over 8.0

Baton Rouge, La. (A)
Keith Armstrong

Sang Yim


18 & Over 9.0

Memphis, Tenn. (B)
Jeff Meek

Christopher Clayton & Jordan Dean


18 & Over 10.0

Little Rock, Ark.
Lindsey Gillum

No finalist is declared in
round-robin play.

3-0 in round-robin play

40 & Over 6.0

Memphis, Tenn.
James Ensell

No finalist is declared in
round-robin play.

4-0 in round-robin play

40 & Over 7.0

Charlotte, N.C.
David Zheng & Kevin Zhang
(Pictured Below)

Knoxville, Tenn.
Scott Thompson


40 & Over 8.0

Hattiesburg, Miss. (B)
Ed Assaf

Montgomery, Ala. (B)
David Loe


40 & Over 9.0

Mandeville/Covington, La.
Kenny Otillio/David Gazeley

Little Rock, Ark.
Alexis Sixbey


40 & Over 7.0 Champions

The championships drew teams from throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Southern Carolina and Tennessee. The teams, which represented various clubs, parks, recreational departments and organizations, finished at the top of their state tournaments and were vying for a chance to represent USTA Southern at the USTA League National Championships this fall.

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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 658,000 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 161,000+ 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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