| By Becky Bellino
The 18 & Over 6.0 League Champions. From left to right: Joshua Schwartz, Amy Gillen, Hasnain (Haas) Khan, Diana Lee, Suying (Sue) Wu, Ed Sinn and John Bingham


Our 18 & Over Mixed Doubles League is finishing up just as the 40 & Over and 55&Over Mixed Doubles Leagues are starting.

In the 18 & Over 6.0 League, Ed Sinn’s team from Syosset took the top honors and will be representing Long Island at Sectionals in June up in Schenectady, NY. Good luck to Ed and his team!

For the next issue, we will have the rest of our 18 & Over winners at the 7.0, 8.0, and 9.0 levels.

The Tri-Level Sectionals for the 3.5, 4.0, and 4.5 teams took place at the end of January. The Long Island’s women’s team from Sportime Roslyn captained by Seema Imberman and Jane Walsh fought hard as did the Fayez Malik and Amani Siddiqui men’s team from Long Beach. The women finished in 5th place, and the men’s team placed fourth.

A new league that has representation in our region is the women’s 5.0 tri-level league! We have two teams participating out of Carefree and Lynbrook. The winner will advance to the Sectional in early June and play for a spot in the National Invitational. This is a brand new league and is gaining traction fast! If you are interested in playing in the league next year (men and women), please feel free to contact me.

Registration has begun for the upcoming USTA league season. We will have men’s and women’s teams for the 18 & Over League which has teams at the 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 and 5.0 levels. The 2.5 and 5.0 level matches consist of one court of singles and two courts of doubles. The remaining levels matches consist of two courts of singles and three courts of doubles.

We have the 40 & Over League which has teams at the 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 levels. All matches for all levels consist of one court of singles and four courts of doubles. Both the 18 & Over and the 40 & Over leagues will begin in May and runthrough the beginning August.

Lastly, we have the 55 & Over as well as the 65 & Over leagues which consist of three courts of doubles at the combined levels of 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0. Both of these leagues will begin in mid-June and run through late-August.

Captains, please mark your calendar for Thursday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m. for the annual Captain’s Meeting where schedules will be made available, rule changes will be discussed and questions will be answered. A Zoom link will be provided to registered captains. If anyone is looking to play on a team, please reach out to me, Becky Bellino, at Bellino@eastern.usta.com.

Dates to be aware of for Sectional Championships:

►June 2-4, 2023: 18 & Over Mixed Doubles (Location: Schenectady, N.Y.)

►June 23-25, 2023: 4.0/3.5/3.0 & 4.0/4.5/5.0 Tri-level and 55 & Over Mixed Doubles (Location: Schenectady, N.Y.)

►August 11-14, 2023: 18 & Over Women (Location: Schenectady, N.Y.)

►August 11-14, 2023: 40 & Over Men (Location: TBD Westchester County, N.Y.)

►August 18-21, 2023: 18 & Over Men (Location: Schenectady, N.Y.)

►August 18-21, 2023: 40 & Over Women (Location: TBD Westchester County, N.Y.)

►September 8-10, 2023: 55 & Over Adult Leagues (Location: Schenectady, N.Y.)

►September 21-23, 2023: 40 & Over Mixed Doubles and 65 & Over Adult Leagues (Location: Schenectady, N.Y.)

Playoff and Regional dates for the men’s and women’s summer teams will be announced once schedules are completed in April.




Becky Bellino is the Adult League Coordinator for USTA/Long Island. She may be reached at bellino@eastern.usta.com.