TUCSON, Ariz. – The men’s team from Westfield, representing the USTA Middle States Section, captured the national title at the USTA League 3.0 Adult National Championships held at the Jim Reffkin Tennis Center in Tucson, Ariz., from Oct. 15 to Oct. 17.
The Westfield team defeated a team from Honolulu, Hawaii, 4-1 in the Championship match. Earlier in the day, the Westfield team defeated a team from Bayamon, Puerto Rico, 3-2 in the semifinals. They advanced this far by winning their round-robin flight contested Friday and Saturday.
The team is captained by Mike Rao and features Frank Osolnick, Phani Saraswatula, Jason Li, Yihaur Steve Lu, Michael King, Luis Rivera, Joshua Suri, Rich Liu and Igor Shames and plays at the Westfield Indoor Tennis.
The top four teams in order of finish are: Middle States, Hawaii, Caribbean and Northern.
This year’s USTA League 3.0 Adult National Championship has drawn the top 34 teams (17 men’s and 17 women’s) from throughout the nation.
USTA League is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Since its inception in 1980, USTA League has grown from 13,000 participants in its first year, to over 750,000 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 or older) and a Super Senior Division (age 60 or older).
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