It’s officially championship season for teams in USTA Middle States. And this week, there’s a shot at a national championship at stake.
Jr. Team Tennis Section Championships kick off in New Jersey’s Mercer County Park on Wednesday, July 30 and run through Friday, Aug. 1. Teams qualified for this event by winning their respective District Championships, which took place throughout July in each of the six Middle States districts.
Winning teams from this week’s event will be named Middle States Section Champions and advance to USTA Jr. Team Tennis National Championships in South Carolina.
USTA Jr. Team Tennis is a recreational league designed for kids up to the age of 18, and for all playing abilities. The team environment allows players to participate in singles, doubles and mixed doubles action against other teams. Teams compete head-to-head, looking to improve their tennis skills while seeking a national title.
The Road to Nationals
Building a team is where it all begins. Since 1991, Jr. Team Tennis has given kids the opportunity to compete in a co-ed, competitive environment.
There are 17 sectional regions that make up the USTA, and each section is divided into numerous district territories. All players in the 14 & Under and 18 & Under divisions have the chance to reach the District Championships through local league play, and each district champion goes on to compete in Section Championships.
From there, it’s off to Nationals. 2014 National Championships will take place at The Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center and the Lexington County Tennis Complex in South Carolina. 14 & Under divisions will compete October 16-19, and the 18 & Under division will compete October 23-26.