Tennessee, Arkansas Stand Out at 2017 Championships

October 9, 2017 02:45 PM


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Tennessee and Arkansas rose to the top of the 2017 USTA Southern Mixed Doubles Sectional Championships, played Oct. 6-9, in metro Little Rock, Ark.

Tennessee was well represented with Memphis having two champions and Knoxville reaching two finals. The host, Little Rock’s metro area, had two champions and a finalist. Hattiesburg, Miss., also had two champions.

The tournament was played at two facilities: the Burns Park Tennis Center in North Little Rock, Ark. (tournament headquarters) and Rebsamen Tennis Center in Little Rock, Ark.

There were 69 teams with approximately 630 players who competed in nine levels: 18 & Over – 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0, 10.0 Combined and 40 & Over – 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0 The Southern champions will compete at the Copeland-Cox Mobile (Ala.) Tennis Center in the USTA League National Championships, scheduled for November.

Teams consisted of at least three men and three women and each match consists of three courts. The combined NTRP rating of the two players on court must equal the level’s number. Most teams began play in a round-robin format with the winners of each flight meeting in the finals Saturday and Sunday. The Adult 18 & Over 10.0 and Adult 40 & Over 6.0 levels only played a round robin.

Champions and finalists, and their captain/co-captains, are:




Score in final

18 & Over 6.0

North Little Rock, Ark.
Susan Altrui/Michelle Wood

Knoxville, Tenn.
Jay Huffman


18 & Over 7.0

Hattiesburg, Miss. (A)
Shannon Ishee

Pelham, Ala.
Patrick Mills & Rusty Wilkes


18 & Over 8.0

Baton Rouge, La. (A)
Keith Armstrong

Sang Yim


18 & Over 9.0

Memphis, Tenn. (B)
Jeff Meek

Christopher Clayton & Jordan Dean


18 & Over 10.0

Little Rock, Ark.
Lindsey Gillum

No finalist is declared in
round-robin play.

3-0 in round-robin play

40 & Over 6.0

Memphis, Tenn.
James Ensell

No finalist is declared in
round-robin play.

4-0 in round-robin play

40 & Over 7.0

Charlotte, N.C.
David Zheng & Kevin Zhang

Knoxville, Tenn.
Scott Thompson


40 & Over 8.0

Hattiesburg, Miss. (B)
Ed Assaf

Montgomery, Ala. (B)
David Loe


40 & Over 9.0

Mandeville/Covington, La.
Kenny Otillio/David Gazeley

Little Rock, Ark.
Alexis Sixbey


The championships drew teams from throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Southern Carolina and Tennessee. The teams, which represent various clubs, parks, recreational departments and organizations, have finished at the top of their state tournaments and are now vying for a chance to represent USTA Southern at the USTA League National Championships this fall.