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Florida Adult League Tennis Champions Ready for 2012 Nationals

September 25, 2012 01:29 PM
mediawall-league-chps1USTA League Nationals begin this weekend and continues through October, and the seven different Florida counties advancing to nationals are readying their racquet bags and hydrating for their weekend of intense but fun competition.

This weekend, Sept. 28-30, will feature the USTA League 2.5 Adult National Championship (Florida is sending the Ocala men and the Key Biscayne women) at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., and the USTA League 5.0 Adult National Championship (Naples men) at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif.

County teams from Alachua (Gainesville), Collier (Naples), Duval (Jacksonville), Hillsborough (Tampa), Marion (Ocala), Orange/Seminole (Orlando), and South Miami-Dade (Key Biscayne) took home USTA Florida Section titles and advanced to nationals during the USTA Florida Adult League Section Championships, held Aug. 10-12 (for 2.5/3.5/4.5 NTRP ratings) and 17-19 (3.0/4.0/5.0 ratings), 2012, at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach.

"My team, playing out of the Hillsborough Community College (HCC) facility at Tampa Bay, is looking forward to representing Florida at the 4.0 National Championships," said Tampa team captain Rick Beardsley. "Team HCC will be arriving a couple days early in Tucson, Ariz., so we can have team practices at the Reffkin Tennis Center. It is necessary to get used to the Tucson elevation, lower humidity and thinner air."

Various USTA Florida players will also be blogging for the USTA Florida website (www.ustaflorida.com) during their competition at USTA League Nationals.

USTA League adult players are rated according to the NTRP (National Tennis Rating Program) scale, which at the USTA Florida Section championships level rates from 2.5 (beginner) to 5.0 (advanced). The women's 4.0 team from Gainesville was selected in a random drawing of Florida Section division winners, and received branded USTA Florida tennis outfits from the USTA Florida Online Store.

The USTA Florida Sectionals division-winning teams representing Florida at USTA League Nationals are:

Men's 2.5 division -- Marion (3-0) finished ahead of Alachua (2-1)
Home Facility: Ft. King Tennis Center, Ocala
Women's 2.5 division -- South Miami-Dade (3-0) finished ahead of Volusia (2-1)
Home Facility: Crandon Park Tennis Center, Key Biscayne

Men 3.0 division -- Orange/Seminole (4-0 team win-loss) finished ahead of Escambia (2-2)
Home Facility: Ft. Gatlin Recreation Center, Orlando
Women 3.0 division -- South Miami-Dade (3-1 team win-loss) finished ahead of Duval (3-1) by a 14-6 to 12-8 individual match win-loss tiebreaker
Home Facility: Crandon Park Tennis Center, Key Biscayne

Men's 3.5 division -- Marion (4-0) finished ahead of Broward (3-1)
Home Facility: Ft. King Tennis Center, Ocala
Women's 3.5 division -- Duval (3-1) finished ahead of Pinellas (3-1) (Duval wins tiebreak with a 12-8 to 11-9 match win-loss)
Home Facility: Julington Creek Plantation, Jacksonville

Men 4.0 division -- Hillsborough (4-0 team win-loss) finished ahead of South Miami-Dade (3-1)
Home Facility: Hillsborough Community College, Tampa
Women 4.0 division -- Alachua (4-0 team win-loss) finished ahead of Sarasota (3-1)
Home Facility: D.B. Racquet Club, Gainesville

Men's 4.5 division -- Orange/Seminole (4-0) finished ahead of Broward (2-2)
Home Facility: Orlando Tennis Center, Orlando
Women's 4.5 division -- Hillsborough (4-0) finished ahead of Broward (3-1)
Home Facility: Hillsborough Community College, Tampa

Men 5.0 division -- Collier d. Duval 3-0
Home Facility: Arthur Allen Tennis Center at Cambier Park, Naples

For the complete 2.5/3.5/4.5 winning teams and rosters CLICK HERE. For the complete 3.0/4.0/5.0 winning teams and rosters CLICK HERE.

The 2012 USTA League 3.5 Adult National Championship takes place Oct. 5-7, 2012 at the Jim Reffkin Tennis Center in Tucson, Ariz., and the 4.5 Adult National Championship takes place Oct. 26-28, 2012 at the same location. Also in Tucson will be the 2012 USTA League 3.0 Adult National Championship on Oct. 12-14, and the 4.0 national championships on Oct. 19-21.

For more information on USTA Florida League tennis go to www.florida.usta.com/usta_adult_senior_leagues/home.
 
 
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