| By Kathy Miller

What a great year 2017 was for USTA Long Island League Tennis! We had two teams win the National Championship! Our 55 & Over 7.0 Women from Huntington Indoor, captained by Andrea Woods, and our 65 & Over 7.0 Women from Sportime Lynbrook, captained by Pat Molloy and Leslie Wecksler. What an amazing job and wonderful accomplishment by both teams. Congratulations to all the players!

Teams that went to Nationals, and although did not win the National title, made Long Island proud:

►18 & Over 3.5 Women from Carefree Racquet, captained by Caryn Gallitto & Annmarie Conniff

►18 & Over 4.0 Men from Sportime Lynbrook, captained by Gabe Moreira & Miguel Gordon

►18 & Over 7.0 Mixed from Sportime Syosset, captained by Dawn Schosberg

►18 & Over 8.0 Mixed from Carefree, captained by Daniel Burgess Jr.

►18 & Over 9.0 Mixed from Deer Park, captained by Roz Chua

►40 & Over 4.0 Men from Carefree, captained by Alex Havriliak

►40 & Over 4.5 Men from Sportime Syosset, captained by Andrew Ross

►55 & Over 8.0 Women from Christopher Morley, captained by Sharon Melville

►55 & Over 7.0 Men from Bethpage State Park, captained by Jim Lowell

►55 & Over 8.0 Men from Sportime Syosset, captained by Raj Nagdev & Sachal Badlani

This year seems to be off to a great start as well! Both our Tri-Level 4.5, 4.0 & 3.5 Men and Women’s teams are headed to Nationals! The Women’s team is from Sportime Lynbrook, captained by Jill Markowitz and the Men’s team is from Sportime Syosset, captained by Ian Shapiro. They are headed to Indian Wells, Calif. in March and we wish them the best!

The organizing of the Men’s and Women’s Leagues for the summer has begun. Scheduling will then start with matches beginning in May. We will have teams in the 18 & Over League at the 2.5 Level for Ladies and 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 and 5.0+ Levels (can have three players at the 5.5 Level on the team) for both men and women. The 40 & Over League will field teams for men and women at the 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5+ (can have three players at the 5.0 Level) Levels. The 55 & Over and the 65 & Over League are combined ratings of 6.0 (two 3.0 players or a 2.5 & 3.5 playing together), 7.0 (two 3.5 players or a 3.0 & 4.0 playing together), 8.0 (two 4.0 players or a 3.5 & and 4.5 playing together), 9.0 (two 4.5 players or a 4.0 and 5.0 playing together). For the 65 & Over League, we have the 7.0 Level for both the men and women, and we are working on an 8.0 Level for both as well.

In the 18 & Over and the 40 & Over League, the 2.5 and 5.0 Levels play one court of singles and two courts of doubles in each match. The remaining levels play two courts of singles and three courts of doubles in each match. For the 55 & Over and the 65 & Over Leagues, matches consist of three courts of doubles.

Anyone interested in forming a team or joining a team, please contact me at Miller@Eastern.USTA.com.

Looking forward to another great season of USTA League Tennis!


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.