| By Kathy Miller

The 2018 Women and Men’s USTA season is about to begin! We have 252 teams in the 18 & Over, 40 & Over, 55 & Over, and 65 & Over Leagues.

Play begins in May and will be completed by the end of August. There is still time to join a team and be a part of some great competitive tennis! You can e-mail me at Miller@Eastern.USTA.com, giving me your NTRP Level, and I will see if there are teams still looking for players.

The Sectional and National Championship schedule is as follows:

Sectionals: The weekend of Aug. 10-12 for the 18 & Over 2.5, 3.0, 4.0, and 5.0+ Levels. The weekend of Aug. 17-19 for the 18 & Over 3.5, 4.5 and 40 & Over 3.0 Levels. The weekend of Aug. 24-26 for 40 & Over 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5+ Levels. All 55 & Over Sectionals will be held the weekend of Sept. 14-16, with the 65 & Over competing the weekend of Sept. 21-23 at the same time as the 40 & Over 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0 Mixed Levels. The 18 & Over Mixed competes the weekend of June 1-3.

Nationals: The weekend of Oct. 5-7 is for the 18 & Over 4.0 and 5.0+ Levels. Oct. 12-14 will see the 18 & Over 2.5, 3.0, 3.5 and 4.5 Levels compete. The weekend of Oct. 19-21 is for the 40 & Over 3.5, 4.5+ and the 55 & Over 6.0 and 8.0, while the weekend of Oct. 26-28 is for the 40 & Over 3.0, 4.0 and the 55 & Over 7.0 & 9.0 Levels. The Mixed Doubles Nationals are the weekend of Nov. 9-11 for the 18 & Over and Nov. 16-18 for the 40 & Over Level.

Long Island’s Tri-Level Women’s team, captained by Jill Markowitz and Shanon Blue from Sportime Lynbrook, along with the Men’s team, captained by Ian Shapiro from Sportime Syosset, competed in the Invitational National at Indian Wells during the pro tournament. They all said what an amazing experience it was, and all had a great time! Great job Long Island!

Good luck to our 18 & Over 6,0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0 and 10.0 Mixed teams who will be competing at the Mixed Sectionals the first weekend in June. Have a great time!

We are looking forward to a great men’s and women’s season this summer, with lots of good tennis and stellar 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.