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New Daytime Tennis League in Tallahassee

June 22, 2007 12:28 PM

For the first time in Tallahassee tennis history, the United States Tennis Association competitive league for women will be offered to Tallahassee and surrounding area tennis enthusiasts.  Although the USTA has had evening and weekend leagues for years in many communities around the United States, Tallahassee has never offered USTA tennis during the daytime for women. 

“Since Tallahassee has grown so tremendously in the past 20 or 30 years, it is time to offer USTA daytime tennis to tennis players in Tallahassee and the surrounding communities,” said Roby Kendall, USTA Combo League Coordinator.

“We have always wanted to make this happen in Tallahassee [USTA daytime competitive leagues] and we are thrilled to get it started after Labor Day in 2007,” said Gina Field, USTA Adult Women’s League Coordinator. 

USTA League Tennis 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.  This year, it celebrated its 27th Anniversary and had over 625,000 participants playing across the entire United States in all 17 USTA Sections.  It offers recreational players the opportunity to get a great workout, improve their skills, compete for a National Championship and most importantly, have fun.

Karen MacFarland, USTA Florida Regional Director for Leon County said, “Florida is one of the most progressive and exciting sections for tennis in the country.  Of the 17 geographical sections, Florida is its own section, so the caliber of players is tremendous in Tallahassee.”

“What tennis players enjoy when they play USTA tennis is the competition locally, regionally and nationally.  We have offered USTA tennis to nighttime and weekend leagues for men and women, but now we can offer USTA Tennis to women in the day.  It’s going to be a great experience for all those who become involved.” 

Susan Cummings, team captain of the 3.5 women’s team from Tallahassee, qualified to a USTA National Championship in the past.
 “It was a great experience to take our team to nationals and represent Tallahassee.  I highly recommend USTA for tennis players of all ages and levels," Cummings said.  This year, the Tallahassee team competes in Tulsa, AZ Oct 19-21 for the 2007 USTA National 3.5 Senior Championships. 

The USTA day league will begin after Labor Day and go through Thanksgiving with the Combo Leagues.  In spring 2008, the Adult Women’s League will be offered to players from the 2.5 level and above.  For more information on how to sign up and become involved with USTA day league tennis, please contact Ida Thompson at b.thompson4@comcast.net or 893-4886.






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