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Melbourne Men Place 3rd at USTA League 4.0 Senior Nationals Tennis

October 29, 2012 09:00 AM
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Left to right: Darrel Kanagy, Ronald Richardson, Kevin Bonitz, Tony Bender (Captain), Kevin John Mawn, Charles Tatro, Charles Tatro
Representing the USTA Florida Section in Indian Wells, Calif., this past weekend, the men's 4.0 Senior team from Melbourne finished third at the 2012 USTA League 4.0 Senior National Championships at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, Oct. 26-28.
 
The Melbourne men defeated a USTA Missouri Valley team 2-1 in the 3rd/4th place playoff.
 
Playing out of the Fee Ave. Courts in Melbourne, the 2012 team roster included Tony Bender (captain), John Forsythe, Kevin Bonitz, Ronald Richardson, Stewart Miller, Bob Eisenhauer, Darrel Kanagy, Kevin John Mawn, and Charles Tatro.
 
In the men's 1st/2nd place final the USTA Caribbean Section men defeated USTA Middle States (York, Pa.) 2-1.
 
"It feels great. The players did it really well," said an elated Juan Soto, captain of the champion Caribbean team. According to Soto, team depth played a critical role in his team's run to the title after having to win four flight matches just to reach the semifinals. "We came in with 10 players and I believe that helped us a lot. I was able to put fresh (players) and that was the key for going to the finals."
 
This year marks the 32nd anniversary of USTA League. Since its inception in 1980, it has grown from 13,000 participants in its first year, to over 835,000 players across the nation today, making it the world's largest recreational tennis league. 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 18 years of age or older.
 
 
For the 2013 National Championship season, USTA League is changing its structure and format. The change will allow USTA League participants among three age categories (Adult 18 & Over, Adult 40 & Over and Adult 55 & Over and Mixed 18 & Over) to better align participants with players their own age. The restructuring guarantees more frequency of play opportunities at more appropriate age divisions.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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