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Phoenix 5.0 Men Finish Third at Nationals

October 1, 2012 02:44 PM


INDIAN WELLS, CALIF., Sept, 30, 2012 – The men’s tennis team from Phoenix, Ariz., representing the USTA Southwest Section, recently finished third at the USTA League 5.0 Adult National Championships held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif.

The Southwest team finished 3-1 in their pool, defeating squads from USTA Southern (Atlanta, Ga.), USTA Pacific Northwest (Seattle, Wash.), and USTA Caribbean (Puerto Rico), but fell to USTA Missouri Valley (St. Louis).

The Southwest team record, combined with their matches won/sets won combination, got them into the semifinals, where they fell to eventual champions Northern California (Sacramento-area) 3-0.

In the third place match, Southwest downed Southern for the second time in the tournament, 2-1.   

The team was captained by Todd Thurston and featured Mike Mackay, Jared Jacobs, Mark Naprsteck, Matt Jacobs and Jesse Ponwith (L-R in photo below).


The team played out of the Camelback Village Racquet and Health Club in Phoenix, Ariz. The team posted an 11-2 record on the season, going 6-0 locally in Central Arizona leagues, 2-0 at the USTA Southwest Section Championships in El Paso in August, and then 3-2 at nationals.   

The top four teams in order of finish were: Northern California, Florida, Southwest and Southern. 

This year’s USTA League 5.0 Adult National Championship has drawn the top 27 teams (15 men’s and 12 women’s) from throughout the nation. 

This year marks the 32nd anniversary of USTA League.  Since its inception in 1980, it has grown from 13,000 participants in its first year, to over 835,000 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 18 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).

For the 2013 National Championship season, USTA League is changing its structure and format. The change will allow USTA League participants among three age categories (Adult 18 & Over, Adult 40 & Over and Adult 55 & Over and Mixed 18 & Over) to better align participants with players their own age. The restructuring guarantees more frequency of play opportunities at more appropriate age divisions. 

Head Penn Racquet Sports is in its 25th year as official ball of USTA League.   

For more information about USTA League or the USTA as a whole, visit www.usta.com.


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