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    Little Rock Metro Area to Host Mixed Doubles Sectional Championships

    October 5, 2017 07:42 PM


    Georgia A 40 & Over 8.0 captain Connie Lawson, left, checks in on Thursday.

    USTA Southern will host its first USTA League sectional championship in Arkansas in more than 10 years beginning this Friday, Oct. 5.

    The 2017 USTA Southern Mixed Doubles Sectional Championships will played at the Burns Park Tennis Center (tournament headquarters) in North Little Rock, Ark., and the Rebsamen Tennis Center in Little Rock, Ark. The four-day tournament is scheduled through Monday, Oct. 9.

    There are 69 teams with approximately 630 players expected to compete in ten levels: 18 & Over – 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 and winners of most flights will meet on Monday in the finals at the Burns Park Tennis Center.

    Teams play for the right to represent USTA Southern at the USTA League Mixed Doubles National Championships in Mobile, Ala., 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 tournament is slated to be played in metro Little Rock at the same time in 2018 and 2019.

    “We are very pleased to bring one of our largest sectional competitions to metro Little Rock after more than a decade,” USTA Southern Director of Adult Competition & Human Resources Chris Walling said. “Over the years, most of our championships have been on the eastern and southern side of our section. This championship gives us a chance for our players to come to the western side of our section and see what beautiful facilities and accommodations Arkansas has to offer.”

    USTA Arkansas Executive Director Deanna Garretson added, “USTA Arkansas, Burns Park and Rebsamen Tennis Centers are very excited to be hosting the 2017 USTA Southern Mixed Doubles Championships. North Little Rock and Little Rock are looking forward to having tennis players from across the Southern Section attend a sectional tournament in central Arkansas.”

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