| By Deborah-Rose Andrews

The 2014 USTA League season is about to begin. The Manhattan Mixed League will start in early November. The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island Leagues will begin in January. Mixed-Doubles is played with three doubles courts. The level is based on the players’ combined rating (i.e. two 4.0 players would play 8.0 mixed).

After a successful introduction last year, Metro will be running the 40 & Over League again starting in February. The 40 & Over League is run at the 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5+ Levels. This League is a Metro League—meaning matches are played in multiple boroughs.

The 18 & Over Men & Women’s season is a Spring/Summer League. Manhattan will start in April, with the outer boroughs following in late May. The 18 & Over League is played with five courts: Two singles courts and three doubles courts, and is run at the 3.0, 3.5. 4.0, 4.5 and 5.0+ Levels. Players must play at their NTRP Rating, or may play one level above. (i.e. a 3.5 player may play at the 3.5 and 4.0 Levels only).  

The 55 & Over League is also a Metro League. This format is now three courts of doubles play at the 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 or 9.0 Levels. Levels are based on the players’ combined ratings.

Are you ready to play League Tennis?
If you know your rating, you can contact the appropriate level coordinator through www.metrotennis.com. Click on “USTA Leagues,” click the appropriate borough on the left, and then "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 tennis background. If you played college tennis, please include the college name, the number of years played and position(s) played. A coordinator will get back to you.

You can also go to TennisLink, complete the self-rating and then contact the appropriate level coordinator.