Florence tennis teams claim USTA League state championships
HILTON HEAD ISLAND – Three Florence teams won USTA League state championships and two more finished as finalists during the USTA South Carolina Combo Doubles League State Championships, which finished earlier this week on Hilton Head Island. William Glenn Suggs, Lorna Cintron-Gonzalez and Andrew Lee all captained teams that won league state championships.
Pam Weinberg and Merryn Weaver led their teams to second-place finishes. The three championship teams can now represent USTA South Carolina at the USTA Combo Doubles Southern Sectional Championships, which will be held in March 2016 in Alabama. Weaver’s team also can advance because it received a wild-card invitation to the USTA Southern championships.
A total of 28 teams won league state championships, including teams from Greenville, Charleston, Myrtle Beach and the Midlands. The winning teams in the 18 and over, 40 and over and 55 and over age groups all can advance to the USTA Southern championships. Three other teams, including the Florence team, received wild-card invites and also will have the chance to play in Alabama.
The 2015 USTA South Carolina Combo Doubles League State Championships drew nearly 2,700 tennis players to Beaufort County for quality tennis and great times with friends. The teams, which represent various clubs, parks, recreational departments and organizations, made it to Beaufort County because they finished at the top of their local leagues. Established in 1980, the USTA League program has grown from 13,000 participants competing regionally to more than 865,000 participants playing across the country, 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. The league groups players by using six National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) levels, ranging from 2.5 (entry) to 5.0 (advanced). (The combo doubles format combines the ratings of the two players competing in doubles together.) USTA League is open to any USTA member 18 years of age or older.