| By Kathy Miller
The 55 & Over 7.0 Ladies team out of Huntington Indoor Tennis, captained by Andrea Woods, has won Nationals

A huge congratulations to Long Island’s 55 & Over 7.0 Ladies team who won Nationals! What an amazing accomplishment! The team plays out of Huntington Indoor Tennis and is captained by Andrea Woods. The following are the best 7.0 players in the country: Captain Andrea Woods, Anne Johnson, Betsy Radecki, Cathleen Callahan, Coleen Gussaroff, Cora Brettler, Deborah Lynn Dreher, Jacqueline Iversen, Jacqueline Heise, Kathy Nicolette, Linda Moskowitz, Nancy Ambrosio and Stacey Margey. Job incredibly well done!

The Tri-Level 4.5, 4.0 and 3.5 League is finishing up. The men’s playoffs will be played between the first place team Sportime Lynbrook, captained by Mitchell Low, and the second place team from Sportime Syosset, captained by Ian Shapiro. Good luck to both teams!

The Women’s Division was decided in a playoff match between first place Sportime Lynbrook, captained by Jill Markowitz, and second place Sportime Roslyn, captained by Gigi Banks and Alyssa Bonadonna. Lynbrook won the match, 2 courts to 1. Congratulations!

Both the ladies and the men’s winning teams will advance to a Sectional Championship at Lifetime in Westchester, N.Y. Good luck to both teams!

The 18 & Over and the 40 & Over Mixed Doubles League is starting up at the 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0 and 10.0 Levels. The mixed doubles matches consist of three courts of doubles at combined ratings (9.0 would be two 4.5 players or a 4.0 and 5.0, etc.). Play is on weekends and matches are played until mid-April, immediately followed by playoffs. Teams can add players until Feb. 1, so if anyone is looking to get on a team, please let me know and I will pass your name along to the team captains.

The 18 & Over, 40 & Over, 55 & Over, and 65 & Over Men’s and Women’s Leagues will begin organizing in February. At that time, I will be in contact with last year’s captains and clubs to begin the registration process. If anyone is interested in captaining a team that has not done so in the past, please let me know so I get the registration information to you.

Upcoming rule changes

When a team gets to the playoff level, you cannot share more than 30 percent of the same players with any other team that has advanced to playoffs, not only in the Long Island Region, but any other region in the Eastern Section as well.

In timed matches, if the super tiebreak is started but not completed, a team will only receive an extra point if they were ahead in that tie break by three or more points. Otherwise, it just stands like an unfinished game would. The roster fee will be $29 from $28 and match fees will rise to $22 from $20 which is paid to the clubs. Those are the main points for now with more details to follow.

I look forward to hearing from you all, and wish everyone a very Happy and Healthy New Year, full of good tennis and good sportsmanship!

Kathy Miller is the manager at Carefree Racquet Club and is also the Adult League Coordinator for USTA/Long Island. She may be reached at kathym65@aol.com.