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2017 Adult 40 & Over Southern Sectional Championships

Alabama, North Carolina Lead 2017 USTA League 40 & Over
Southern Sectional Championships

ATLANTA – AUGUST 1, 2017 – Eight teams from USTA Southern earned bids to play in the national championship round of the largest adult recreational tennis league in the world by winning the 2017 USTA League 40 & Over Southern Sectional Championships, played in Mobile, Ala.

Champion teams will have the opportunity to compete for the USTA League National Championships during October in Florida, while the men’s and women’s 4.5+ teams will play in Mobile Oct. 20-22.

Alabama and North Carolina led the tournament with two champions and one finalist. Louisville, Ky., was a standout with a champion and a finalist.

Champions and finalists were:




Men’s 3.0

Birmingham, Ala.
Pet Kozlowski

Louisville, Ky.
Anthony Tuggle & Gregory Miller

Men’s 3.5

Pelham, Ala.
Van Imbraguilo

Memphis, Tenn.
Joe Johnson & Daniel Jerden

Men’s 4.0

New Orleans
Howard Brenner

Rogers, Ark.
Max Bachman & Joshua Saffran

Men’s 4.5+

Greensboro, N.C.
Scott Dean
(Pictured below: Left)

Little Rock, Ark.
Carter Fairley & Brent Birch

Women’s 3.0

Charlotte, N.C.
Jill Griset & Rosalie O’Rouke
(Pictured below: Center)

Simpsonville, S.C.
Celeste Blinston & Kristin Bissinger

Women’s 3.5

Brentwood, Tenn.
Kathryn Roberson & Jennifer McNabb

Fayetteville, N.C.
Kim Hasty
(Pictured below: Right)

Women’s 4.0

Monroe, La.
Virginia Eddleman

Huntsville, Ala. (A)
Linda Lindberg

Women’s 4.5+

Louisville, Ky.
Anna Curley & Marnie Ochoa

Rome, Ga.
Margaret Knight

Matches were played at the Copeland-Cox Mobile Tennis Center, one of the largest municipal tennis facilities in the country with 60 full-sized courts.

This year’s tournament drew at least 76 teams with nearly 900 players from the USTA’s nine states. Players must be 40 years of age or older at any time in 2017.

Competition will be played using the USTA’s NTRP rating levels 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5+ men’s and women’s teams. The teams, which represented various clubs, parks, recreational departments and organizations, earned the right to represent one of nine states – Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee – by playing in leagues this year.

Established in 1980, USTA League has grown from 13,000 participants competing regionally in its first year to more than 865,000 participants playing across the nation today, making it the world’s largest recreational tennis league. USTA League was established to provide adult recreational tennis players throughout the country with 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. USTA 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.

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Head Penn Racquet Sports is in its 30th year as official ball of USTA League.

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For more information about USTA League, visit www.usta.com/adult-tennis/USTA-League.

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The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. It owns and operates the US Open, the largest annually attended sporting event in the world, and launched the US Open Series linking seven summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns about 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S., and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic games. A not-for-profit organization with more than 648,000 members, it invests 100 percent of its proceeds in growing the game. It is divided into 17 sections, of which USTA Southern is the largest. The 158,000+ USTA members living in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee make up USTA Southern, and account for nearly 25 percent of the total USTA membership. A professional staff housed in Peachtree Corners, Ga., carries out USTA Southern’s daily operations, but policy is formed and much of the organization’s work is executed via a board and committee structure of more than 200 volunteers. For more information about the types of programs and services offered by USTA Southern, visit www.southerntennis.com.

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Media Contact:

Ron Cioffi, USTA Southern

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