By Tori Townsend
Throughout the course of Day 2 at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, a combined 63 top-notch senior and adult mixed teams showcased their talent at the 2008 USTA League presented by Chrysler National Eastern Mixed Doubles Championships. It was a perfect day for first-class tennis and teams did not disappoint as the field narrowed even more.
Today marked the last day of competition for several senior mixed teams, but they will have one last hoorah at the Player Party taking place at the Sheraton Hotel this evening. Advancing to tomorrow’s senior mixed finals are USTA Mid-Atlantic vs. USTA Midwest in the 6.0 division. USTA Mid-Atlantic placed first in Flight I with a score of 4 wins and 0 losses, while USTA Midwest narrowly finished first in Flight II. USTA Midwest tied in overall match wins (2-2) with USTA Southern and USTA Florida; however, they had the most individual wins (8) which is a deciding factor in the event of a tie.
The 7.0 mixed senior teams from USTA Caribbean and USTA Midwest will meet in the finals; both teams head into the match undefeated in their flights. In the 8.0 finals, USTA Middle States and USTA Florida are also undefeated in their flights with a score of 3 wins and 0 losses. Will USTA Florida take home court advantage, or will USTA Middle States rise above? USTA Southern leads the pack in the 9.0 division with 2 wins and 0 losses. Trailing close behind are USTA Mid-Atlantic and USTA Florida with 1 win and 1 loss followed by USTA Florida (WC).
The mixed adult teams brought a variety of age, occupation and personality to the courts. It was a family affair for the 6.0 adult mixed team from USTA Eastern, who had three couples, two daughters and a son-in-law on their team. The 9.0 adult mixed team from USTA Eastern call themselves the “United Nations” because they are made up of players from all around the world, including Puerto Rico, South Africa, Poland, Thailand, Japan, Czech Republic, United States and Italy! Players on the 9.0 adult mixed doubles team from USTA Midwest range in age from 23 to 44 and their occupations vary from student to engineer, real estate agent to sales representative, and air traffic controller to tennis pro and business owner. In addition, a younger team representing USTA Caribbean showed up with fake tattoos of a Chinese symbol meaning “lucky” which they got at Universal Studios theme park earlier that day.
It is too close to call who will meet in the adult mixed finals on Sunday, Nov. 23, but leading their flights thus far are: USTA Caribbean (6.0 Flight I), USTA Florida (6.0 Flight II), USTA Mid-Atlantic (7.0 Flight I), USTA Eastern (7.0 Flight II), USTA Mid-Atlantic (8.0 Flight I), USTA Midwest (8.0 Flight II), USTA Mid-Atlantic (9.0 Flight I), USTA Eastern (9.0 Flight II) and USTA Southern (10.0).
To the senior mixed players - good luck in the finals!
To the adult mixed teams - keep up your high level of play!