League Tennis is in the limelight during the fall. That’s because of all the USTA National Championships that are being staged across the country. The biggest and fastest growing of all the recreational programs was initiated in the late 1970s. Since that time, numbers worthy of comparison to impressive stock market gains have been realized annually.
Last year, according to statistics provided by the USTA, more than 295,612 players took part in the Adult 18 & Over division. Adult 40 & Over competition had more than 154,224 players involved. In Adult 55 & Over play, more than 61,178 players participated.
For every League Tennis team, the objective annually is to reach the National Championships. Facing the best teams from the other 16 USTA sections, Southern California was formidable, collecting a tidy group of trophies.
In the Men’s 9.0 Adult 55 & Over final, Orange County overwhelmed Fairfax, Virginia (Mid Atlantic section), 3-0, in Surprise, Arizona. Doug Mathews and Scott Nichols were the team captains. Richard Cisakowski, Ross Hessler, Clark Hyman, Peter Margarita, Tom Olmstead, Dan Oriza, Glenn Petrovic, Gary Salazar, Dave Sears and James
Snyder were members of the team.
Orange Country San Gabriel Valley defeated Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Midwest section), 3-0 in the Men’s 8.0 Adult 55 & Over final in Surprise. Team members included: Jim Black, John Burke, Joseph Caldito, Andy Chang, Renato Custodio, Rene Dalaten, Baltazar Valdez Dasalla, Gerald Hernandez, Julio Javier Romo Insuasty, David Johnson, Jung Kim, Hector Madrigal, Willy Murtidjaja, Michael Lutz-Paap, Sixto Ramin, Renato Tababa. Charles Villarino and Andrew Wang. Brian Chan was the team captain.
The Women’s Adult 55 & Over 7.0 Women from La Quinta was 2-1 better than Rye Brook, New York (Eastern section) in Surprise. Janice Campbell and Jeannie Gilbert were the team captains. The following played for them: Celeste Armitage, Jeannette Banga, Janice Creager, Betty Grant, Amy Gillen, Linda Hauser, Monica Sabo, Nora Vrabek, Mary Worthen and Nancy Yazel.
Surprise wasn’t really startling for the Men’s 6.0 Adult 55 & Over team from San Gabriel Valley. They kept their cool and ran the table, whitewashing Tulsa, Oklahoma (Missouri Valley section), 3-0 in the title round. Those on the team were: Frank Chen, Samson Cheng, Paul Yenpao Hao, Fredrick Hoang, Woo Soo Hwang, XiuCai Kang, William Lee, Robert Shu and Sam Chiu-seng Tsang. Jack Yu captained the team.
Southern California gave their all and ended up finalist. The Men’s 7.0 Adult 55 & Over San Gabriel team was on the short end of the 2-1 score against St. Paul, Minnesota (Northern section) in Surprise, and the Men’s 4.5 Adult 18 & Over lost a 3-2 decision to Fairfield, New Jersey (Eastern section) in Rancho Mirage.
A bevy of local teams finished the competitions in third place. Redondo Beach edged Beverly, Massachusetts (New England section), 2-1, in the Women’s 8.0 Adult 55 & Over for third place playoff in Surprise.
In the third place Women’s 5.0 Adult 18 & Over contest. Irvine was 2-1 better than Philadelphia (Middle States section) in Mobile.
Mission Viejo defeated Minneapolis (from the Northern section), 3-2 in the Men’s 4.5+ Adult 40 & Over third place contest at La Quinta. The San Gabriel Valley Men’s 3.0 Adult 18 & Over slipped past Howard County, Maryland (Mid-Atlantic section), 3-2 for third in Surprise.