WASHINGTON, D.C. WOMEN’S TENNIS TEAM CROWNED NATIONAL
CHAMPIONS AT USTA LEAGUE 5.0 ADULT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
With the Nationals going to the Major League Baseball playoffs, the WTT’s Kastles approaching legendary LA Lakers-like greatness, the Redskins addition of Robert Griffin III at quarterback and the NHL’s Capitals perennial playoff runs, should it come as any surprise that D.C. has done it again? –Ed.
INDIAN WELLS, CALIF., SEPT. 30, 2012 – The women’s tennis team from Washington, D.C., representing the USTA Mid-Atlantic Section, captured the national title at the USTA League 5.0 Adult National Championships held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif.
The Washington, D.C. team defeated a team from Sacramento, Calif., 2-1 in the Championship match. On Saturday afternoon, the Washington, D.C. team defeated a team from Greenwood Village, Colo., 2-1 in the semifinals. They advanced this far by winning their round-robin flight contested Friday and Saturday.
The team is captained by Tanja Magoc and features Zsofia Jakab, Lyndall Jordan, Marianne Baker, Alicia Wise and plays at the Hains Point Tennis Club.
The top four teams in order of finish are: Mid-Atlantic, Northern California, Southern California and Intermountain.
This year’s USTA League 5.0 Adult National Championship has drawn the top 27 teams (15 men’s and 12 women’s) from throughout the nation.
This year marks the 32nd anniversary of USTA League. Since its inception in 1980, it has grown from 13,000 participants in its first year, to over 835,000 players across the nation today, making it the world’s largest recreational tennis league.
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 or older) and a Super Senior Division (age 60 or older).
For the 2013 National Championship season, USTA League is changing its structure and format. The change will allow USTA League participants among three age categories (Adult 18 & Over, Adult 40 & Over and Adult 55 & Over and Mixed 18 & Over) to better align participants with players their own age. The restructuring guarantees more frequency of play opportunities at more appropriate age divisions.
Head Penn Racquet Sports is in its 25th year as official ball of USTA League.