| By Deborah-Rose Andrews

The 2014 USTA league season started in October with the Manhattan Mixed League. Our Queens, Bronx and Brooklyn Leagues started in January and February. 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 that matches are played in multiple boroughs.

The 18 & Over Men & Women’s season is a Spring/Summer League. Manhattan will begin 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.

USTA's Flex League
Do you want to work on your singles game, without affecting your USTA rating? Does your schedule make it difficult to play on a USTA League team? Flex League may be for you. Flex Leagues allows you to play when it’s convenient for you. You decide the match day, time and location with your opponent. Court costs, if any, are split.

Registration is completed online at www.ustaflex.com. Once registration is closed, a schedule will be generated. You will receive a list of opponents and suggested play by dates. Once the match is played, the scores are recorded online. 

USTA’s Flex Leagues are in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.
All players registered for the Flex League are entered into the USTA Flex League Sweepstakes where the grand prize is a trip for two to the 2014 U.S. Open.

Spring registration for USTA's Flex League is now open until Friday, April 4, and play begins Thursday, April 15. For more information, e-mail flexleague@live.com.

Are you ready to play League Tennis?
If you know your rating, you can contact the appropriate Level Coordinator through the www.metrotennis.com Web site. Click on “USTA Leagues,” click the appropriate borough on the left, and then click on "Coordinators.” Fill out the form completely, which will be sent on to the Level Coordinator.

If you are unsure of 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.