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USTA Southern Section Campus Championships

March 20, 2007 03:20 PM

The USTA Southern Section is hosting the USTA Southern Campus Championships Saturday, March 24th-25th at the Champions Club in Chattanooga, TN. Club teams representing twenty-one universities and colleges throughout the Southeast are scheduled to compete in the tournament.

The playing format will be World Team Tennis format with co-ed teams competing in Men’s and Women’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles matches. The winner is determined by the most games won at the end of play on Sunday.

The USTA Team Tennis on College Campus program was created to increase the use of campus facilities while providing students the opportunity to socialize and exercise. Additionally, the program is dedicated to growing the game of tennis on college campuses and offers various funding and grants to support club teams in the South.

“We are very much looking forward to an exciting event,” said Jeff Smith, Program Coordinator and Tournament Director. “With the growing participation of club team tennis among universities in the South, this USTA Southern Campus Championships is proving to be the most competitive championships thus far.”

The Southern Champions will go on to compete at the 2007 USTA Campus Championships scheduled for April 26-28, 2007 in Cary, NC. The University of Georgia will return to defend their 2006 Southern crown as they face competition from more than twenty-three teams. Other teams vying for the title include: Clemson, Davidson, UNC-Wilmington, Vanderbilt, University of Alabama, College of Charleston, University of Kentucky, Western Kentucky, Georgia Southern, Life University, Georgia Tech, Elon University, Valdosta State University, UNC-Charlotte, Louisiana State University, University of Tennessee- Chattanooga, Furman University, North Carolina State, and Middle Tennessee State University.

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 170,000 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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