| By Deborah-Rose Andrews

Our teams did very well at 2012 Sectional Championships, which were held in Schenectady, N.Y. this year. The 3.5 and 4.5 Levels competed Aug. 10-12 and the 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0 Levels competed Aug. 17-19. And the winners were:

►3.0 Men James DaSilva/Samm Ticol

►4.5 Women Eileen Melniker

►5.0 Women Eileen Melniker

The finalists were:

►3.0 Women Bonnie Aves/Avegale Legaspi

►3.5 Women Ashley Rowe/Yao Bailey

►4.0 Women Elina Kapostina

►5.0 Men Michael Doane

Our Senior League competed in August and the following teams advanced to the Sectional Championships:

►3.5 Women Jean Chin/Tamara Glenny

►4.0 Women Susan Peck

►3.5 Men Fred Derman

►4.0 Men Howard Helene

The Senior Sectional Championships were held Sept. 16-17. Fred Derman's 3.5 Men's team won the Sectional Championships and will advance to the Nationals.

Our upcoming season is the Mixed-Doubles League. Manhattan will begin in late October, with leagues at the 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0 and 10.0 Levels (the level is a combination of the player’s ratings, for example, two 4.0 players would play 8.0). Teams are beginning to form now. Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens begin in January at the 6.0, 7.0 and 8.0 Levels. Teams in these boroughs will begin to form in early December.

Approximately one month before each league starts, detailed information will be posted online at www.metrotennis.com.

If you are looking for a team to play and know your rating, you can contact the appropriate level coordinator through our Web site, www.metrotennis.com. Click on “USTA Leagues,” click the appropriate borough on the left, and then on "Coordinators.” Fill out the form completely, which will be sent on to the level coordinator.

If you do not know your rating, please e-mail info@metrotennis.com with your full name, current age, area you wish to play in and your tennis background. If you played college tennis, please include the college name, the years played and position(s) played. A coordinator will get back to you.

You can also go to TennisLink.USTA.com, complete your self-rating in advance of the league and then contact the appropriate level coordinator.