| By Deborah-Rose Andrews

The 2012 Mixed-Doubles season is nearly over and the Spring/Summer season is getting under way in Manhattan. The Manhattan Mixed-Doubles Playoff were held Saturday, March 3 at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, N.Y., as the weather was nice and the players were able to go out on to the balcony while waiting for their matches. Close matches were played at each level and congratulations to the winners:

►6.0 Level: Elly Cam

►7.0 Level: Sherron Dawes

►8.0 Level: Rafael Kim & Erin Shigaki

►9.0 Level: Marvin Jeffrey

►10.0 Level: Eileen Melniker

The most dramatic finish was the 7.0 Level final. With the match tied 1-1 on the last court in a close battle, suddenly Mayra Rawlins collapsed on the court with severe cramps. One of her teammates came on-court to treat her and the official started the medical time-out clock. When she was told there was one min. remaining in the medical time-out, Mayra tried to struggle to her feet. Her partner, Mauric Lao, asked what she was doing and she replied, “I’m getting up so you can play singles!” Mauric was surprised, but certainly wasn’t going to argue. Play continued and Mayra struggled through the first few games. They went with Mayra’s plan—she played the balls that came directly to her and her partner covered the rest of the court. With this strategy, her team was able to win the second set in a tie-break. The match proceeded to the match tie-break which Mayra and Mauric also won. Now that’s determination!

The Queens Mixed-Doubles winners were determined the weekend of April 14-15 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The 6.0 Final and 7.0 and 8.0 Semifinals took place April 14, and the 7.0 and 8.0 Finals were held the evening of April 15. The teams that will represent Queens are:

►6.0 Level: Legaspi & Ticol

►7.0 Level: Kende & Vogt

►8.0 Level: Team Davoren

The Brooklyn and Bronx winners were determined during regular league play. Congratulations to the following winners from Brooklyn:

►6.0 Level: Bateh & Caponi

►8.0 Level: Kim & Shigaki

Congratulations to the following winners from the Bronx:

►7.0 Level: Reid & Dawes

►8.0 Level: Gonzalez & Biele

The Metro Regional Playoffs will be held on two consecutive Saturdays, May 12 and May 19. These playoff matches will determine which teams will represent the Metro Region at Sectional Championships at the 6.0, 7.0 and 8.0 Levels (the 9.0 and 10.0 Level teams do not participate in Regional Playoffs, as those winners advance directly to the Sectional Championships).

The Manhattan Spring/Summer season has just started. Teams are playing at West Side Tennis Club, City View Racquet Club, Roosevelt Island Racquet Club, Columbia University, Manhattan Plaza and the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

The Queens League will be starting in late May, and the Brooklyn and Bronx Leagues both will be staring in June.
The Senior League (senior men and women, senior-mixed and super seniors) will start in June. If anyone is interested in the Senior League, please e-mail me at debrose@metrotennis.com.

Players looking for a team can contact the Level Coordinators through our Web site, www.metrotennis.com. Click on the “USTA Leagues” tab, then the borough you wish to play on the left. Click the “Coordinators” tab and fill out the form. A coordinator will get back to you shortly. If anyone is looking to captain a team, they should e-mail me directly.