One week after one New Jersey USTA League team made a run at nationals, another Jersey team did the same.
The men’s 40 & Over 4.0 USTA League squad from Trenton, N.J. finished second at USTA League National Championships over the weekend, dropping to a team from Kingsport, Tenn. in the Sunday finals. Captained by John Bower, the squad advanced in the tournament by winning its round-robin flight Friday and Saturday at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif
Bower recapped his team’s experience on the New Jersey District Web site, mentioning the overall experience and the excitement of competing in such a large tournament. He said he’s already looking forward to competing next season.
“We had a special season. We came up one match short of the ultimate goal, but I’m proud of our team and all of the players, and we’ll have to be satisfied with being the second best team in the country this year,” he wrote. “Look for our national runner-up banner hanging at the courts at Mercer County Park next summer. I’ll look at it with pride every time I play there.”
The team featured Bower, Pavel Lvov, James Werder, David Garnier, Jonathan Bagby, James Giovacchini, Oberge Janvier, Joseph Hargrove, Thomas Weck, Lance Brown, Gorm Yoder and plays at the Mercer County Park.
The top four teams in order of finish are: Southern Section, Middle States Section, Southern California Section and Northern California Section.
Established in 1980, USTA League has grown from 13,000 participants in a few parts of the country in its first year, to over 820,000 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.