| By Kathy Miller

It was Long Island’s year at the 18 & Over Mixed Doubles Sectionals in Albany. Our 7.0 team out of Sportime Syosset, captained by Dawn Schosberg, our 8.0 team out of Carefree Racquet Club, captained by Daniel Burgess Jr. and Kevin Burgess, and our 9.0 team out of Deer Park Tennis, captained by Roz Chua, are all advancing to the National Championship, the weekend of Nov. 3 in Mobile, Ala. Congratulations to all of our Mixed teams and good luck at Nationals!

The 18 & Over League, the 40 & Over League, along with the 55 & Over and 65 & Over Leagues, are now underway. We are so happy to announce that the 65 & Over League is growing. Last season, we had the Men’s and Women’s League with teams at the 7.0 Level. This year, we added the 8.0 Level for men. Thank you to Al Silverstein who was not giving up on getting this off the ground.

The Playoff, Regional and Sectional Schedule is below (please check playoff schedule with your captain)

Regionals
18 & Over 2.5 Women: Sunday, July 30 at 9:00 a.m.
18 & Over 3.0 Women: Sunday, July 30 at 11:00 a.m.
18 & Over 3.5 Women: Saturday, Aug. 5 at 11:00 a.m.
18 & Over 4.0 Women: Sunday, July 30 at 1:00 p.m.
40 & Over 3.0 Women: Saturday, Aug. 5 at 9:00 a.m.
40 & Over 3.5 Women: Wednesday, Aug. 9 at 7:00 p.m.
40 & Over 4.0 Women: Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 7:00 p.m.

Sectionals
18 & Over League for Levels, 2.5, 3.0, 4.0 & 5.0+: Friday-Sunday, Aug. 11-13
18 & Over 3.5 & 4.5 and 40 & Over 3.0: Friday-Sunday, Aug. 18-20
40 & Over for Levels, 3.5, 4.0 & 4.5+: Friday-Sunday, Aug. 25-27
55 & Over for Levels, 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 & 9.0: Friday-Sunday, Sept. 15-17
65 & Over for Levels 7.0 and 8.0 and 40 & Over Mixed for 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 & 9.0: Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 23-24

The National Schedule can be found on the USTA Web site.

Next up will be the Tri-Level and the 18 & Over Mixed starting September/October with the 40 & Over mixed playing after Jan. 1, 2018. Exact start dates and format have not yet been finalized.

I hope everyone is enjoying their matches and remember, this is a competitive fun league and good sportsmanship should always be everyone’s priority!

Kathy Miller

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.