| By Kathy Miller

The Mixed-Doubles League continues match play with League playoffs beginning in May. The winning Long Island teams will advance to the Section Championship in Schenectady, N.Y. the weekend of May 31-June 2.
Teams are registering for the men’s and women’s 18 & Over, 40 & Over, 55 & Over and 65 & Over Leagues. All teams must have a registration number and five to eight players registered by March 25. Schedules are then started and new teams will not be able to be added at that point. Please be sure you make me aware of your team no later than March 25 by e-mailing me at kathym65@aol.com.

Match play will begin mid-May with the 18 & Over and the 40 & Over Divisions playing until the end of July. The 55 & Over and 65 & Over Divisions will play through August. Region Championships for the 18 & Over and the 40 & Over Leagues will be the weekend of Aug. 2-4, with local playoffs the week leading to the Regional Championships. The Section Championships for all levels of the 18 & Over are the weekend of Aug. 9-11. The 40 & Over Division at the 3.5 and 4.5-Plus Divisions are the weekend of Aug. 16-18 and the weekend of Aug. 23-25 for the 40 & Over Division at the 3.0 and 4.0 Levels. The 55 & Over League will have its Section Championship the weekend of Sept. 20-22, and the weekend of Sept. 28-29 will be the 65 & Over League. All of these championships will be played in Schenectady, N.Y. National Championship dates and locations can be found on the USTA Web site.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish Ginny Kieler a wonderful retirement in Las Vegas. Ginny and I started coordinating the USTA League together on Long Island more than 25 years ago. We worked together for five years or so until Ginny decided to give her full attention to running her leagues at Glen Head Racquet Club which she continued to do until her recent retirement. I have great memories of the two of us working together and going to the Concord Resort to work the Section Championships together so many years ago … hard to believe just how many! Ginny is well-known on Long Island for the great leagues she organized and ran at Glen Head Racquet Club and was an avid tennis player herself for many years. I want to thank Ginny for her guidance, and I wish her all the best in this exciting new chapter of her life!

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.