By Tori Townsend
The question asked after teams win an important sporting event goes something like this, “What are you going to do next?” For 26 senior mixed teams, the fitting response is, “We’re going to Disneyworld!”
After three days of outstanding tennis at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla., which sits just east of Florida’s historic theme park, players now have the option to relax and enjoy some down time. Today marked the last day of competition at the 2008 USTA League presented Chrysler National Eastern Mixed Doubles Championships for all senior mixed teams. Four senior teams were crowned national champions in the 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0 divisions.
The team from Howard County, Md., representing USTA Mid-Atlantic, captured the 6.0 Senior Eastern Mixed Doubles title and defeated a team from Madison, Wis., representing USTA Midwest, 3-0 in the Championship match. The team is captained by James Dorf and went undefeated the entire tournament, ending with a perfect match record of 5 wins and 0 losses.
A tightly-contested 7.0 final saw the USTA Caribbean team from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, slide past the USTA Midwest team from Maumee, Ohio 2-1. They advanced this far by winning their round-robin flight contested Thursday and Friday and overpowering teams from USTA Mid-Atlantic, USTA New England and USTA Middle States.
In the 8.0 final, hometown favorite USTA Florida claimed the national crown. The Jacksonville team defeated a team from Wilmington, Del., representing USTA Middle States, 3-0 in the Championship match. The Jacksonville team replicated the feat of the 6.0 team from USTA Mid-Atlantic, sweeping the competition and ending with a perfect match record of 4 team wins and 0 losses. Captained by Tami Moe, USTA Florida defeated USTA Southern, USTA Mid-Atlantic and USTA Eastern in Flight II to advance to the Championship match.
The last awards of the morning were presented to the 9.0 mixed senior teams from Mandeville-Covington, La., representing USTA Southern, and Bradenton, Fla., representing USTA Florida. The Mandeville-Covington team claimed the Championship title by sweeping their round-robin flight contested Thursday and Friday and defeating two teams from USTA Florida and a team from USTA Mid-Atlantic. The Bradenton team finished second with two wins and one loss. The Mandeville-Covington team plays at Tchefuncta Country Club and is captained by Phyllis F. Browning.
Congratulations to all teams that participated and thank you for supporting USTA League Tennis and its presenting sponsors: Chrysler and Head Penn Racquet Sports.