| By Steve Abbondondelo

The 2009 Long Island Winter Junior Team Tennis (JTT) season ended with an exciting playoff schedule held at Robbie Wagner Tournament Training in Glen Cove on May 2 and at Rockville Racquet on May 9.

Twenty-three teams competed in three divisions for the right to represent Long Island at the Eastern Sectional, held June 20-21 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center site of the U.S. Open in Flushing.
The Rockville Racquet One and Two Teams dominated the 18-and-Under Division, winning both flights. The Rockville Racket One Team won the flight playoff to advance. In the 14-and-Under Division, the Huntington Indoor Racquets were defeated in the finals by the Rockville Racquet One Team.
Two Saturday afternoons of rain forced the 12-and-Under Division to be moved indoors. Six teams competed in a round-robin to decide the champion. The competition was very close, with the winner being decided in the final round. The Eastern Athletic Dix Hills Smashes playing in their first JTT playoff prevailed. The Rockville Racquet One Team finished second with Glen Head Racquet Early Hit finishing a close third.
Congratulations to all coaches, captains, parents and players for helping to make the 2009 USTA JTT Winter Season a success!

The summer season began June 22. Good luck to our advancing teams at the June Sectional.

Steve Abbondondelo

<p>Steve Abbondondelo is Junior Team Tennis Eastern Committee Chair/Long Island Regional Coordinator. For questions or inquiries about the USTA JTT program, e-mail Steve at steveabby@optonline.net.</p>