| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

Eleven teams from USTA Eastern have advanced to the National Championship round of the largest adult recreational tennis league in the world by winning the USTA League Eastern Section Championships, held Aug.10-12 and Aug. 17-19 in the Capital Region of New York. Teams emerging victorious are:

Adult Women

►2.5 Women: Schenectady, N.Y. (40 Love)

►3.0 Women: Oceanside, N.Y. (Point Set)

►3.5 Women: Blue Point, N.Y. (Blue Point)

►4.0 Women: Harrison, N.Y. (Ryesing Stars)

►4.5 Women: New York, N.Y. (Melniker)

►5.0 Women: New York, N.Y. (Melniker)

Adult Men

►2.5 Men: None

►3.0 Men: Queens, N.Y. (DeSilva/Ticol)

►3.5 Men: Rockville Centre, N.Y. (Rockville)

►4.0 Men: Fair Lawn, N.J. (Angelito)

►4.5 Men: Bogota, N.J. (Nguyen-Tan/Ravri)       

►5.0 Men: Bronxville, N.Y. (Concordia College)

These teams will now represent the USTA Eastern at the USTA League National Championships, where the number one recreational tennis team in the country will be crowned.

Last year marked the 30th Anniversary of USTA League. Established in 1980, it has grown from 13,000 participants in a few parts of the country in its first year, to over 806,000 players across the nation today, making it the world’s largest recreational tennis league. The USTA League was established to provide adult recreational tennis players throughout the country with the opportunity to compete against players of similar ability levels. Players participate on teams in a league format, which is administered by the USTA through its 17 Sections.

The league groups players by using six National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) levels, ranging from 2.5 (entry) to 5.0 (advanced). USTA League is open to any USTA member 18 years of age or older. It features Adult and Mixed Doubles divisions, as well as a Senior Division (age 50) and a Super Senior Division (age 60).

The 3.0 Men's team from Queens, N.Y. (captained by DeSilva/Ticol)


The 3.5 Women's team from Blue Point, N.Y. (Blue Point) gather for a team photo


The 4.5 Women's team from New York, N.Y. (Melniker) celebrates its victory


The 5.0 Women's team from New York, N.Y. (Melniker) pauses for a team photo


Congratulations to the 3.5 Men's Rockville Centre, N.Y. (Rockville) on their win