| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff
Photo credit: Doug Bank

Over 300 open-level players from across the country competed for National Team Championships in four divisions this fall at the Darling Tennis Center in Las Vegas. The draws were comprised of talented teams from around the nation.

Up for grabs were the Men's Open National Team Championship, the Women's National Open Team Championship, the Men's National 5.5 Team Championship and for the first time, the National 40 & over Open National Team Championship.

The new 40 & Over Division also included a team captained by former National Open Champion Russell Heier from Long Island.

"I am so thankful for two of my former National Championship team members, Tonny Van de Pieterman and Ritush Venugopal, for making the trip,” said Russell Heier, team captain. “One of the most special moments for me was watching Gary Antenberg and Doug Bank grind out a key straight-set victory over Texas. While serving out the match, Doug managed to show incredible heart fighting a major back injury yet willing his team to a victory. We did not win the event, but for me, that was a special moral victory representing what our team is all about!”

Credit all photos to Doug Bank


Gary Antenberg and Doug Bank during their straight-set win over the team from Texas


Tonny Van de Pieterman takes flight during his match in Las Vegas