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Super Seniors From Little Rock, Birmingham Win National Crowns

April 27, 2009 11:42 AM

The men’s 9.0 team from Little Rock, Ark. and the 7.0 men's team from Birmingham, Ala. both representing USTA Southern, captured the national titles at the USTA League presented by Chrysler Super Senior National Championships held at the Surprise and Racquet Complex in Surprise, Ariz.

The Little Rock team defeated a team from Torrance, Calif., 2-1 in the Championship match. Earlier in the day, the Little Rock team defeated a team from Syosset, N.Y., 2-1 in the semifinals. They advanced this far by winning their round-robin flight contested Friday and Saturday.

The team is captained by Stephen G. Duffel (Little Rock, Ark.) and features Jerry W. McEwen (Memphis, Tenn.), Bailey Brown (Atlanta, Ga.), Jerry L. Kirk (Atlanta, Ga.), Hugh Thomson (Norcross, Ga.), Al Yearwood (Germantown, Tenn.), Brian Marcus (Duluth, Ga.) and Thay H. Butchee (Nashville, Tenn.) and plays at the Little Rock Athletic Club. Duffel was inducted in the Southern Tennis Hall of Fame this year.

The top four teams in order of finish are: Little Rock, Ark., Torrance, Calif., Phoenix, Ariz., and Syosset, N.Y.

Birmingham 7.0 Men's Team
The Birmingham team defeated a team from Lincoln Hills, Calif., 2-1 in the Championship match. Earlier in the day, the Birmingham team defeated a team from Annapolis, Md., 2-1 in the semifinals. They advanced this far by winning their round-robin flight contested Friday and Saturday.

The team is captained by William Smith and Fred Rixey and features Alan W. Legg (Birmingham, Ala.), Lawrence G. Wharton (Birmingham, Ala.), Tim Wyatt (Birmingham, Ala.), Charles T. Ross (Leeds, Ala.) and Jim Mullins (Birmingham, Ala.).

The top four teams in order of finish are: Birmingham, Ala., Lincoln Hills, Calif., Jeffersonville, Vt. and Annapolis, Md.

This year’s USTA League presented by Chrysler 7.0 Super Senior National Championship has drawn the top 34 teams (17 men’s and 17 women’s) from throughout the nation.

The USTA League program celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2005. Established in 1980, it has grown from 13,000 participants in a few parts of the country in its first year, to over 665,000 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 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).

Chrysler is entering its third year as the presenting sponsor and official vehicle of USTA League. Head Penn Racquet Sports is in its 21st year as official ball of USTA League.

 

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