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USTA Southern Mixed Doubles Sectional Championships

October 10, 2006 03:57 PM

More than 800 tennis players are expected to take part in the 2006 USTA League presented by CHRYLSER Southern Section Mixed Doubles Championships, which are being held at Cary Tennis Park in Cary, NC. Play is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. on Friday, October 20th with final matches being played on Sunday, October 23rd.

The matches will be played at multiple sites in the Cary area including Cary Park (Tournament Headquarters), Middle Creek Park, Annie Jones Park and Godbold Park. The competition will feature the South’s best USTA League Tennis Mixed Doubles teams in 6 adult and 5 senior divisions in which 11 sectional champions will be crowned.

This year’s event has drawn the top 110 teams who have won their respective divisions at the state level in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The teams, which represent various clubs, parks, recreational departments and organizations are now vying for a chance to represent the USTA Southern Section at the USTA League Tennis National Eastern Regional Championships in San Juan, Puerto Rico November 16-19, 2006. During Regional Championship play teams will compete against teams from Florida, Caribbean, New England, Eastern, Mid-Atlantic, Middle States and Midwest Sections.

The USTA League Southern Sectional Mixed Doubles Championships will host a player’s party on Saturday, October 21st at 6:30 p.m. at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park. All members of the Triangle Media are welcome to attend and will have the opportunity to interview tournament participants and directors.

USTA League Tennis 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 Tennis is open to any USTA member 19 years of age or older. It features Adult and Mixed Doubles divisions, as well as a Senior Division (age 50) and a Super Senior Division (age 60).

The tournament is presented by the USTA Southern Section in cooperation with strong local volunteer support. Chrysler is entering its first year as the presenting sponsor and official vehicle of the USTA League Tennis program. Penn is the official tournament ball of the USTA League Tennis Southern Sectional Mixed Doubles Championships. BullFrog Sunscreen is an Official Sponsor of the USTA League Tennis Southern Sectional Mixed Doubles Championships. Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM is an official sponsor of the USTA League Tennis Southern Sectional Mixed Doubles Championships.

For more information about the USTA League Tennis presented by Chrysler program or the USTA as a whole, visit www.usta.com. For tournament specific information please visit www.southernmixed.com.

Founded in 1881, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in this country. In addition to owning the US Open and selecting members of the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic teams, the USTA administers a variety of programs nationwide for players of all ages and ability levels and, as a not-for-profit organization, the association invests 100% of its proceeds to promote and develop the growth of tennis. It is divided into 17 sections, of which the USTA Southern Section is the largest. The 168,000 USTA members living in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee make up the USTA Southern Section, and account for approximately 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 visit www.southerntennis.com.




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