By Blake Grimsley, USTA.com
Players celebrate their win.
© Juan Ocampo/USTA
After three days of competitive tennis amongst 64 teams from around the country, the winners are crowned Sunday afternoon
SURPRISE, Ariz. – After beginning the annual player party Thursday evening under uncommon chilly temps in Surprise, Ariz., mother nature and the teams saved their best for last as today’s finals were played with a cool mid-80 degrees breeze and high intensity.
With 64 total teams competing at the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex over two different skill levels during the weekend, the atmosphere made for a spirited and raucous final matches Sunday.
On the women’s side, the Southwest women, playing out of Tucson, Ariz. won the 6.0 level while the surprising Hawaii wildcard team took runner-up honors. In the consolation finals of the women’s 6.0, the New England team topped the Florida women.
The women’s 8.0 championship was won by the New England women from Beverly, Mass. The Texas women took second followed by Pacific Northwest and Northern California.
Over on the men’s side, the Caribbean men from San Juan, Puerto Rico won the 6.0 level championship over Florida which nabbed second place honors. In the consolation final of the 6.0 level, Southern grabbed third place while Eastern was fourth overall.
Rounding out the championship finals, the Southern California men from La Canada, Calif. won the 8.0 men’s title. Missouri Valley claimed second followed by New England in third and Middle States in fourth.