It’s good to be champs.
The men’s tennis team from Westfield, N.J., representing the USTA Middle States Section, captured the national title at the USTA League Adult 40 & Over 3.0 National Championships held at the Hilton El Conquistador Resort in Tucson, Ariz.
The Westfield team defeated a team from Las Vegas, Nevada, 3-2 in the Championship match. Earlier in the day, the Westfield team defeated a team from Dallas, Texas, 3-2 in the semifinals. They advanced this far by winning their round-robin flight contested Friday and Saturday.
Teams from the 17 USTA sections advanced to National Championships by winning their local league championships at the district and section level. The Middle States Section Championships consisted of teams from throughout New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania.
The team is captained by Craig Decker and features Ed Poole, Matt Hale, Curtis Tao, David Ellner, Chris Schabacker, John Manso, Won Hong, Greg Russo and plays at the Westfield Indoor Tennis Club.
Established in 1980, USTA League has grown from 13,000 participants in a few parts of the country in its first year, to over 904,000 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.
The 2016 USTA League season is the fourth season with the updated structure and format which offers four 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. A fifth age division the Mixed 40 & Over division was added in 2014. The restructuring guarantees more frequency of play opportunities at more appropriate age groups.
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