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Community Through Tennis

Like many cities, Pittsburgh has distinct, unique communities and neighborhoods. Each has a different feel and, in many cases, represents a different culture or ethnicity.

AMD - communityA USTA League team from the city is bringing many of those communities together.

“We have a diverse background. Everyone has a unique personality and story,” said team captain Elizabeth Tragesser. “Our players are Canadian, British, Japanese, Guatemalan – we all come from different communities and represent different things.”

Through tennis, the squad represents one thing: Pittsburgh.

Referred to as the Mt. Lebanon Racquettes, Tragesser’s team has been playing together for two years. The Racquettes recently advanced to last weekend’s USTA League Tennis 18 and Over Section Championships in New Jersey.

“League tennis is a fun way to make friends and bring people together,” Tragesser said, sporting her team’s custom Middle States Section Championship jersey.

While the team didn’t advance to Nationals, Tragesser said it simply feeds the desire to make it back to Section Championships again.

“We had fun. We love the competition.”

What makes your USTA League team unique? Let us know, and your team could be featured.

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