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    Largest USTA Section Returns to Chattanooga for Sectional Championships

    October 5, 2016 03:32 PM

    USTA Southern returns to metro Chattanooga to host the 2016 USTA Southern Mixed Doubles Sectional Championships.

    The tournament, often referred to by USTA members as “sectionals,” is scheduled to be played at three facilities Oct. 7-9. Matches will be played at the Champions Club Tennis Complex at Rivermont Park (tournament headquarters), along with Baylor School and the McCallie School.

    There are 80 teams with approximately 750 players expected to compete for the right to represent USTA Southern at the USTA National Mixed Doubles Championships. Ten teams will advance in the following levels: 18 & Over – 2.5; 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0, 10.0 Combined and 40 & Over – 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0 Combined.

    Teams begin play in a round-robin format. The winner of most flights will meet on Sunday in the finals. The Southern champions will compete in Arizona at the USTA championships, scheduled for November.

    USTA Southern represents nearly 25 percent of the USTA national membership. Top teams from throughout the section’s nine states – Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee – are set to fill local hotels and enjoy the local tourist attractions.

    The teams, which represent various clubs, parks, recreational departments and organizations, have won or finished near the top of their state tournaments or leagues.

    “We are very pleased to bring one of our largest sectional competitions back to Chattanooga for the second straight year,” USTA Southern Director of Adult Tennis & Human Resources Chris Walling said. “Chattanooga did a fantastic job last year when we held these championships in and around Chattanooga.”

    All players in the 2.5 level must have a National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) rating of 2.5. In the other levels, the two players on court ­– one man and one woman – must have a combined NTRP rating that does not exceed the level.

    The 2016 tournament is presented by the USTA Southern in cooperation with strong local volunteer support. Penn Racquet Sports is in its 28th year as official ball of USTA League Tennis.