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Jacksonville 3rd, Ft. Lauderdale 4th at USTA Adult League National Chps.

October 4, 2009 07:00 PM

 The 5.0 men from Jacksonville


 The 4.0 men from Fort Lauderdale

Florida teams finished third and fourth respectively over the weekend at USTA Adult League National Championships held Oct. 2-4, 2009, in Indian Wells, Calif., and Las Vegas.

The men's 5.0-level team from Jacksonville, Fla., representing USTA Florida, finished third at the USTA League 5.0 Adult National Championships held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif.
The Jacksonville squad defeated the team from Weymouth, Mass., 3-0 in the 3rd/4th place playoff after losing to Houston, Tex., 2-1 in the semifinals. The Jacksonville squad advanced to the semifinals by winning their round-robin flight contested Friday and Saturday.

The team was captained by Steven Parkes and featured Olivier Lorin, Magnus Berglund, Galen Perdikis and John Jacobson. The top four teams in order of finish were: Southern (Greensboro, N.C.), Texas (Houston), Florida (Jacksonville) and New England (Weymouth, Mass.). This year's USTA League 5.0 Adult National Championship drew the top 30 teams (15 men's and 15 women's) from throughout the nation.

The men's 4.0 team from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., finished fourth after falling to Texas (Dallas) in the 3rd/4th place playoff at the USTA League 4.0 Adult National Championships held at the Darling Tennis Center in Las Vegas. The USTA Eastern section (New York City) finished first, followed by Southern (Little Rock, Ark.). Southern defeated Florida 3-2 in the semifinals.

The Fort Lauderdale team was captained by Andres Stuve and included Daniel Harwin, Gary Reif, Rodrigo Jesus Cruz, Jonathan Chong, Luis Valdivieso, Jaime Vaca, Alejandro Salinas, Stephen Tate, Salvador Gomez, Daniel Mork, Juan Pablo Camargo, and Enrique Tatoy.

Established in 1980, the USTA League program has grown from 13,000 participants in a few parts of the country in its first year, to over 711,000 players across the nation today, making it the world's largest recreational tennis league.

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 National Tennis Rating Program (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, and features Adult and Mixed Doubles divisions, as well as a Senior Division (age 50 or older) and a Super Senior Division (age 60 or older).






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