| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
League tennis continues to grow on Long Island, with more than 4,000 players on men’s and women’s adult teams, men’s and women’s Master’s (over 50) and Grand Master (over 60) teams, as well as mixed-doubles teams.
The adult league plays from May to August, with teams being formed based on National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) ratings starting at 2.5 up to an open division for men consisting of players 5.0 and above. The league is a team format with the 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 matches consisting of two courts of singles and three courts of doubles. The 2.5, 5.0 and open divisions play one court of singles and two courts of doubles.
The winning teams from Long Island advance to a sectional playoff in Syracuse, N.Y. in mid-August, playing against the winning teams from the other five regions of the eastern section. Teams that win at sectionals advance to the national championship, which are held different weekends for the different levels in Las Vegas, Nev.; Tucson Ariz. and Indian Wells, Calif.
The following Long Island adult teams advanced to nationals:
++Women’s 2.5 from Eastern Athletic Blue Point, captained by Maureen Casaburi;
++Women’s 4.5 from Carefree Racquet Club, captained by Gina Marie Novak;
++Men’s 4.5 from Rockville Racquet, captained by Mark Weiner; and the
++Men’s open team from the Creek Club captained by Martin Wostenholme (who made it to the finals).
Master’s teams from Long Island that advanced to the nationals, included:
++The Women’s 3.5 team from Sportime Lynbrook, captained by Jody Accarino; and the ++Men’s 4.5 team from Shelter Rock Tennis, captained by Edward Wolfarth.
To get involved with the adult, Master’s and Grand Master’s league, organizing starts in March 2009 and you can e-mail the local league coordinator Kathy Miller at kathym65@aol.com.
The mixed-doubles league plays on weekends from November to May. Teams play three courts of mixed-doubles and consist of combined NTRP levels. Teams are formed at the 6.0 (a 2.5 and 3.5, or two 3.0 players); 7.0 (a 3.0 and 4.0, or two 3.5 players); 8.0 (a 3.5 and 4.5, or two 4.0 players); and the 9.0 (a 4.0 and 5.0, or two 4.5 players) levels. The mixed-doubles league has a sectional playoff in June, with the winners advancing to a national playoff in the fall of 2009. There are still some teams in need of players, so if you are interested in playing on a mixed-doubles team, e-mail the local league coordinator Kathy Miller at kathym65@aol.com.
The USTA League is a great venue for friendly competition, while meeting new tennis friends and getting exercise at the same time.