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Event Fact Sheet

2003 SOUTHERN SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
FACT SHEET

WHAT: Competition among the South's best men's and women's teams in 24 adult and senior divisions  (approximately 200 teams total).  Twenty teams will be crowned sectional champions and progress to the USA League Tennis National Championships for their level.

WHO: Over 2,000 USA League Tennis recreational tennis players in 24 divisions (Men's & Women's 2.5,3.0,3.5,4.0,4.5,5.0,Open) and (Senior Men's and Women's 2.5,3.0,3.5,4.0,4.5) from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee who have won their respective divisions at the state level.

WHEN:  Play for levels 2.5, 3.0, 3.5 and Seniors 4.0 and 4.5 begins Saturday, July 19 and ends Tuesday, July
22, 2003.  Daily team matches begin at 8:00a.m.  Play for levels 4.0, 4.5, 5.0, Open and Seniors 2.5, 3.0 and 3.5 begins Thursday, July 24 and ends Sunday, July 27, 2003.  Daily matches begin at 8:00a.m.

WHERE:  Columbia, SC - Matches will be played at multiple sites in the Columbia area including Lexington Area Tennis Complex, Columbia Tennis Center, Greenview Park, and Parklane. The Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center is the official tournament headquarters. 

MATCH
FORMAT: Adult divisions play two singles and three doubles, except the 2.5, 5.0 and Open levels, which plays one singles and two doubles.  In the senior division (50 years), three doubles matches are played.

HISTORY: USA League Tennis is the world's largest recreational tennis league with over 500,000 players nationwide and over 119,000 adult and senior players in the Southern Section alone. The program is open to adults  19 years and older and seniors 50 years and older.  Players from over 100 cities in the nine southern states experience the camaraderie and competition as play progresses through local, area and sectional competition and culminates in a national championship in each skill level. This is the first of two consecutive years that the event will be held in Columbia, SC.  Mobile, AL, Chattanooga, TN and Louisville, KY have hosted the event in the last ten years. 

SPONSORS: The tournament is presented by the USTA Southern Section in cooperation with strong local volunteer
support.  Penn is the official tournament ball of the USA League Tennis Southern Sectional Championships. USA League Tennis enjoys national sponsorship support from Lincoln, Citizen, and Penn.  Bullfrog is an Official Sponsor of the USA League Tennis Southern Sectional Championships.

TOURNAMENT
INFO: Bud Spencer is the Tournament Chairman, Donna Bailey is the Tournament Referee and
Marilyn Sherman is the USTA Southern Section Director of Adult Tennis
(770-368-8200 or
sherman@sta.usta.com)
Media Contact - Marc Kaplan: 770-368-8200 or
kaplan@sta.usta.com 

Scores will be posted on the Internet during the tournament at www.southerntennis.com.


A not-for-profit organization, the USTA is divided into 17 sections, of which the USTA Southern Section is the largest. The 156,000 USTA members living in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee make up the USTA Southern Section, which accounts for more than 25% of the total USTA membership. A professional staff housed in Norcross, GA carries out the USTA Southern Section's daily operations, but policy is formed and much of the organization's work is executed via a Board and committee structure of over 200 volunteers. For more information about the types of programs and services offered by the USTA Southern Section go to their website at www.southerntennis.com .

 


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