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USTA League Super Senior Sectionals

April 25, 2006 03:38 PM


Daytona Beach, FL—Nearly 400 tennis players and their guests traveled to the Daytona area April 21-23 for the 2006 USTA League Tennis Super Senior Sectional at the Florida Tennis Center Daytona Beach.

Tournament director Larry Jaben felt the event was filled with great competition and wonderful staff, no unusual problems and a friendly atmosphere.

“I saw a very unusual thing happen,” Jaben said.  “The 7.0 Jacksonville team, captained by Steve Kimmel, waited for Ed Thompson’s Naples team to get together, get organized and get on the court for more than an hour.  Typically, teams in a championship setting are watching the clock for an automatic default!”

The Jacksonville team’s patience paid off, and they came out on top – they defeated Naples and won the 7.0 championship.  Jaben emphasized his satisfaction with the great crew and cooperative participants at this event.

One 6.0 women’s super senior match lasted a whopping two hours, 50 minutes!  Sonnie Lippincott and Bonnie Ridenor of Lee/Charlotte defeated Ann Hirsh and Patricia Marshall of Sarasota 6-3, 6-7, 1-0.

While Sonnie thought the match was fun and exciting, Bonnie said she would have cried if they lost.

“It was awful to think that after two hours of playing, we still may have lost – I was playing tentatively,” Bonnie said.  “And we were tired!”

All matches played were decided by short scoring, using the match tie-break (First to 10 points, win by two) in lieu of a 3rd set. The Coman tie-break was used for all set and match tiebreaks. To learn more about the Coman tiebreak: Go to ustaflorida.com, select USTA League, and select the link that describes the procedure.

Established in 1980, USTA League Tennis has grown nationally from 13,000 participants in a few parts of the country in its first year, to more than 570,000 players across the nation today, making it the world’s largest recreational tennis league.

In USTA League Tennis, players are grouped into six different ability levels, ranging from beginner (2.5) to advanced (5.0), based on the National Tennis Rating Program.  Play consists of singles and doubles matches with the outcome based on team scoring.

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