Southern Men's Teams Win 2013 National Invitationals

October 2, 2013 10:43 AM

The USTA Southern Men's 40 & Over 3.0 team defeated the Caribbean team 3-2 to win the 2013 USTA League National Championships.

The team hails from Covington, La. and beat the team from San Juan, Puerto Rico. In the semifinals, they defeated the Northern California team from Woodcreek in another close contest 3-2. Matches were played in at the Jim Reffkin Tennis Center in Tucson, Ariz.

Southern 18 & Over 2.5 Men's team from Pelham, Ala. reached the final of the 2013 USTA League National Championships. However, they fell to USTA Caribbean 3-0. The Pelham men advanced to the final with a 3-0 whitewashing of the USTA Northern California team from Oakland 3-0. The Indian Wells (Calif.) Tennis Garden was the site of these matches.


The USTA League 18 & Over 5.5 Men's team out of Sugar Hill, Ga. won the 2013 USTA League National Invitational Tournament. The team was led by captain Ramon Bernal. Team members were Mauricio Roveri, Willy Araujo-Beco, Danie van de Heever, Vanaka Gunawardhana, Juan Berrido, Esteban Altuna, Todd Conley, Chris Mullins and Igor Santana.

The team defeated the USTA Southern California team 2-1 in the semifinals and the USTA Northern team 3-0 in the final. Also playing was the USTA Southern team captained by Derek Gamble, of Greensboro, N.C.

The USTA League 40 & Over Men's Open team out of Mt. Pleasant, S.C. won the 2013 National Invitational Tournament. The team was led by captain Chris Henderson. The matches were played in Las Vegas.