| By Gary Simeone
Photo credit: Gary Simeone

USTA Eastern and City Parks Foundation teamed up again to present the Third Annual Battle of the Boroughs Tennis Challenge, an adult recreational tournament held in June and July in New York City parks. The tournament featured the best of team competition and neighborhood pride, to benefit CityParks Tennis, which provides free tennis lessons and activities for children at 40 parks citywide.

"The event allows many of the best adult tennis players to compete in New York City’s parks and help children learn the sport of a lifetime," said Jenny Schnitzer, assistant executive director of USTA Eastern.

The tournament culminated this past Saturday at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, on the outskirts of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center The final was a battle between the last standing boroughs as Prospect Park of Brooklyn, captained by Nigel Griffin, defeated Silver Lake Park of Staten Island, captained by Danny Ursommano, 96 games to 90 games in a tightly-contested mixed-doubles match to take the Flight A division (players with a NTRP rating of 4.0 or higher).

Manhattan's Central Park team, captained by Theresa Hall, knocked off Harlem's Fred Johnson Park in Flight B (players with an NTRP rating of 3.5 or lower).

The rules allow for adult teams of up to 10 players 19 years of age and older to compete against the winning teams from each of the five boroughs. The players from each of the teams can compete in either singles, doubles or mixed-doubles matches.

"This event is great for players to meet up and compete against players from different boroughs," said Esu Ma'at, Tennis Service Representative for the USTA Metro Region. "There is a lot of talent out there on the courts and of course the players get to compete with one another right outside the National Tennis Center."

Credit all photos to Gary Simeone