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St. Pete/Clearwater Women Take Fourth

October 2, 2006 08:24 AM

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NEW YORK, N.Y., October 1, 2006– The women’s team from St. Pete/Clearwater, representing USTA Florida, finished fourth at the USTA League presented by Chrysler 5.0 Adult National Championships at the Doral Desert Princess Resort in Palm Springs, California.

The St. Pete/Clearwater team lost to a team from Charleston, North Carolina in the championship match.  Earlier in the day, the St. Pete/Clearwater team lost to a team from Orange County, California in the semifinals.  They advanced this far by winning their round-flight contested Friday and Saturday.

The team is captained by Anh Tu Burks and features Kim Cashman, Gail Gibson, Donna Gutierrez, Judi Morris, Margaret Roset and Stephanie Wager.

This year’s USTA League presented by Chrysler 5.0 Adult National Championship has drawn the top 29 teams (19 men’s and 13 women’s) from throughout the nation.

USTA League presented by Chrysler is the world’s largest recreational tennis league.  Established in 1980, the program began with 13,000 participants, playing in only a portion of the country.  In 2005, it celebrated its 25th Anniversary with more than 585,000 participants playing across the entire United States in all 17 USTA Sections. 

USTA League offers recreational players the opportunity to get a great workout, improve their skills, have fun, and compete for a National Championship.

The program was established to provide adult recreational tennis players throughout the country 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.  It features Adult and Mixed Doubles divisions, as well as a Senior Division (age 50) and a Super Senior Division (age 60).

Chrysler is entering its first year as the presenting sponsor and official vehicle of the USTA League program.  Penn Racquet Sports is in its 19th year as official ball of USTA League Tennis.






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