| By Deborah-Rose Andrews

The 40 & Over Metro League is now finished. This year, we had 26 teams competing in this new league type, an inter-borough league with matches played in Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx. The teams advancing to the Section Championships in August are:

►3.0 Women: Terry/McDonald
►3.5 Women: Chin/Wood
►4.0 Women: Schaffer
►4.5+ Women: Urban/Reiner

►3.5 Men: Brown/Tallia
►4.0 Men: Khine/Zhang
►4.5+ Men: Katz

Our 18 & Over Mixed-Doubles Season has also wrapped. The regional was held on May 5 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Our 6.0, 7.0 and 8.0 teams competed for the opportunity to advance to the Section Championships.

The Mixed-Doubles Sectional Championships were held May 31-June 2 at Central Park in Schenectady, N.Y. The conditions were difficult as the players battled the heat and humid. It was very difficult for the teams–as no one was prepared for this type of weather.

Our 10.0 team (DeVries/Jeffrey) won both matches on Saturday afternoon to secure their trip to the National Championships.

On Sunday, the excitement started. Our 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0 teams all faced tough matches and were all in contention to win. Our 8.0 and 9.0 teams captured the titles. Our 6.0 and 7.0 teams had very tough matches and finished as finalists.

It was a terrific showing for the USTA Metro Region, as we sent three teams to Nationals and had two teams as finalists. Congratulations to all the teams that participated!

Our 18 & Over Men & Women’s season is currently underway in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island. Regional Playoffs are scheduled for Aug. 2-4.

The 55 & Over League will start in July. This league type will use combined ratings at the 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0 Levels. The combined NTRP Rating of the partners cannot exceed the team NTRP Rating and the difference between partners shall not exceed one point. For example, at the 8.0 Level, you can have a 3.5 and 4.5 pairing, but cannot have a 3.0 and 5.0 pairing. In order to run any level, we require two independent teams. Additional information will be posted on our Web site (www.metrotennis.com) as it becomes available. Please be sure to “Like” us on Facebook at the Metrotennis League page. Enjoy the season!

The 6.0 Mixed Finalists after their match at Central Park in Schenectady, N.Y.


The 8.0 Mixed-Doubles Sectional Champions gather for a post-match team photo