| By Kathy Miller

At the time this article was submitted, the Tri-Level League was just winding down. Both the women’s and men’s divisions were very close. The men’s playoffs are first place Sportime Syosset, captained by Ian Shapiro, who will be playing the second place team from Rockville Racquet, captained by Bruce Lindenman. Good luck to both teams!

The women’s division is still too close to call. Currently in first place on the women’s side is the team from Carefree Racquet, captained by Bonnie Kolenberg; followed by the second place Rockville Racquet squad, captained by Jackie Gaines; third place in the women’s division is World Gym Setauket, captained by Jeanette Romano; and rounding out the rankings is the fourth place Sportime Syosset team, captained by Dianne Rescigno. Any one of these teams can be the top two headed to playoffs!

The final ratings are available on the USTA Web site, www.usta.com. Click on “TennisLink” and then on “Leagues.” On the following page, click on “Find a Rating.” To appeal a rating, you would then enter the USTA Number of the person appealing. The answer will be immediate and final.

Mixed-Doubles leagues begin play in the beginning of January, and run through mid-May. We have teams at the combined levels of 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0, and for the first time, 10.0. The winning team from each level will advance to the sectional playoff event in June held in the Albany area.

The adult (age 18-plus), senior (age 50-plus) and super senior (age 60-plus) leagues will begin organizing in March. Past captains and clubs will get the initial information mid-February. If someone is interested in starting a new team, please contact Kathy Miller at kathym65@aol.com. For players looking to join an already existing team, please contact kathym65@aol.com in March.

The Captains Cocktail Party for the Adult, Senior and Super Senior Leagues is set for Wednesday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m. at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, N.Y. This event is for one captain per team and the schedules will be distributed.

I look forward to seeing you all on the courts!

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.