On Wednesday, May 4, the 2011 USTA Adult League Captains Meeting was held at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, N.Y. Long Island Tennis Magazine was on hand to distribute the latest issue of the publication, to speak with captains and photograph the kick-off to the 2011 summer Adult League Season.
Organizing for the upcoming season of the Adult, Senior and Super Senior USTA Leagues for Men and Women is now in progress. For those not familiar with the USTA Leagues, it is a team format at the varying NTRP Levels.
At the time this article was submitted, the Tri-Level League was just winding down. Both the women’s and men’s divisions were very close. The men’s playoffs are first place Sportime Syosset, captained by Ian Shapiro, who will be playing the second place team from Rockville Racquet, captained by Bruce Lindenman. Good luck to both teams!
Congratulations to the Long Island teams that won at sectionals and have or will be advancing to the Nationals! The Women's 2.5 team from Carefree Racquet Club, captained by Carrie Alfano and coached by Gabe Raneses, went to the nationals in Palm Springs and placed fourth.
The Women's 2.5 team from Long Island has won the New York state Championship and are supposed to be headed for the USTA National Championship in Palm Springs, Calif. to represent Long Island women's tennis.
So you are in a USTA League here on Long Island and you have split sets. Now comes the dreaded 10 Point Super Tie-Break and you're thinking to yourself, “Ugh, this is so stupid, it's anyone's match now.”
Tennis Hall of Famer, native New Yorker and former world number one John McEnroe has announced that he will open and direct the John McEnroe Tennis Academy, with its inaugural, full-year programs commencing just after the 2010 U.S. Open. The McEnroe Academy will be housed at the new $18 million Sportime at Randall’s Island Tennis Center in New York City. Sportime, owner of 13 tennis and fitness clubs throughout New York State, will operate the club and will partner with McEnroe in the operation of the John McEnroe Tennis Academy.
Chris Evert helped the USTA honor tennis moms by giving a lesson to kids from the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program on top of the Empire State Building on May 13. As part of the 13th annual National Tennis Month, the USTA is honoring tennis moms while conducting festivities nationwide to foster tennis participation.
The 2010 USTA Adult League Summer Season kicked off Thursday night, May 6 with the USTA Captains Meeting at Crest Hollow Country Club. There were 267 men's and women's captains from the Eastern/Long Island Region on hand to receive their schedules for the upcoming season, as well as learn of any rule changes since the 2009 season.
Organizing for the upcoming USTA Adult, Senior and Super Senior season is underway! If you have a team, you must let me know by e-mail ASAP (email@example.com) and have players registered by Thursday, April 1 in order to be included in the schedule.
The USTA League just completed its first local season of the Tri-Level League. The Tri-Level League is three courts of doubles with one court at the 3.5 level, one at the 4.0 level and the one at the 4.5 level. It gives friends of differing levels the opportunity to play on the same team and share the feeling of team camaraderie!
The little engine that could, just did! The 4.0 Carefree tennis team captained by Adam Kolenberg won the National Championships in Las Vegas by defeating the southern team from Arkansas by a score of 4-1 in the national finals. The Carefree team, playing out of the Merrick, N.Y. Carefree Racquet Club, capped an unbelievable season that saw them win the Long Island regular season and then go 12-0 in the post season, sweeping the Sectionals in Syracuse, N.Y. and the Nationals in Las Vegas.
Local tennis pros David Brent of Woodmere, N.Y. and Mark Harrison of East Rockaway, N.Y. were finalists at the 55 USTA National Grass Court Championships, held at the Rockaway Hunting Club in Lawrence, N.Y. the week of Sept. 14-20, 2009.
I was very disappointed to read Jim Dileo's article, "USTA Team Tennis: Increasing Your Chances to Play for a National Title" in the May/June 2009 edition of Long Island Tennis Magazine. Mr. Dileo takes the approach that, in order to be competitive and win, you need to “game” the system when self-rating players. His article is an attempt to show the flaws in the self-rate process and how to exploit a "loophole" in order to gain a coveted spot for a team at Nationals. Speaking from experience, nothing can be further from the truth. Attempts to "game" the system have not only failed miserably, but they have led to multiple captains, as well as players, being suspended, placed on probation and re-rated. Countless matches have been reversed due to disqualifications for abuses in the self-rating process and many teams who saw Section Championships within their reach have seen their teams go from playoff contenders to also-rans at the stroke of a computer key.
You have just finished two great sets in a United States Tennis Association (USTA) league match. You won the first set 7-5 and your opponent came back to take second set by an identical score. It doesn't get much closer than that. Great play, excellent shots, fair calls … everything you could ask for in a competitive match.
With Adult, Senior and Super Senior play beginning the week of May 18, its time to start thinking about the Tri-Level League which will begin this August. The Tri-Level League format is women’s teams, as well as men’s teams, consisting of three courts of doubles. One court is made up of players with a National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) rank of 3.5, one is of players 4.0 and the third is of players rated 4.5. A team can have up to four players at each level.