| By Kathy Miller
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The year 2018 was a great year for USTA League players! Teams advancing to Nationals include:

18 & Over 4.5, 4.0, 3.5 Tri-Level League

►Women–Sportime Lynbrook, captained by Suzanne Markowitz​

►Men–Sportime Syosset, captained by Ian Shapiro

18 & Over Mixed Doubles League

►7.0 from Deer Park Tennis, captained by Suresh Patel

►10.0 from Sportime Lynbrook, captained by Danny Casesa & Shanon Blue

40 & Over Mixed Doubles League

►7.0 from Sportime Syosset, captained by Dawn Schosberg​

►9.0 from Deer Park Tennis, captained by Roslyn Chua

18 & Over League

►5.0 Women from Sportime Lynbrook, captained by Tina Buschi & Hali Katz

40 & Over League

►3.0 Men from World Gym Setauket, captained by Mike Sloan

►4.5 Men from Point Set, captained by Lionel Goldberg

55 & Over League

►8.0 Men from Garden City Rec Center, captained by Rich Pashayan

►9.0 Men from Carefree Racquet, captained by Adam Kolenberg & Don Wall

65 & Over League

►8.0 Men from Bethpage State Park, captained by Bob Nathan & Robert Morgillo

The 2019 League has begun with the 4.5, 4.0, 3.5 Tri-Level League, which will run until the end of the year. The winning men’s and women’s teams will advance to a Sectional Playoff in January. We have also started a 4.0, 3.5, 3.0 Tri-Level League for women for the first time. Some interest was shown for a 40 & Over or a 55 & Over Tri-Level League. I heard back from a few people, but not enough to get two teams formed. If there is interest, please let me know.

The 18 & Over Mixed Doubles League will begin mid-December. I must be notified no later than Nov. 9, 2018 of all teams to be put on the schedule. Matches will be three courts of mixed doubles at the 6.0 (two 3.0 players or a 2.5 & 3.5 player), 7.0 (two 3.5 players or a 3.0 & 4.0 player), 8.0 (two 4.0 players or a 3.5 & 4.5), 9.0 (two 4.5 players or a 4.0 & 5.0) and 10.0 Levels (two 5.0 players or a 4.5 & 5.5). Matches will be played on the weekends.

The 40 & Over Mixed Doubles League will begin in February following the same format as the 18 & Over League. If you are interested in captaining a team, I must know about it by Jan. 1, 2019 so your team is put on the schedule. The 40 & Over Mixed Doubles League has teams at the 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0 Levels.  

There have been inquiries about a 55 & Over Mixed Doubles League. If anyone is interested, please let me know. We will see how many teams we can get at each level and then we will see when the best time would be to schedule matches. This would be local play only, as there is not a Sectional or National event for this.

For players looking for a little more competition, we have the New York Open League Player Tournament. Four Suffolk County clubs and four Nassau County clubs will be holding round-robin doubles tournaments for men and for women at the 7.0 combined rating and the 8.0 combined rating. Each club will send their men’s 7.0 and 8.0 winner, and their women’s 7.0 and 8.0 winner, to play in the quarterfinals on the black New York Open practice courts at Carefree Racquet Club in February.

The teams who advance to the semifinals and finals will play these matches on the black courts at NYCB LIVE, Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, during the 2019 New York Open. Please contact Zane Smith at ZSmith@GFSportsHoldings.com or call (212) 433-1236 for more information on the tournament and how to sign-up!

I wish everyone a great fall and a wonderful holiday season!


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.