By Nicholas J. Walz, USTA.com
For the second consecutive year, the USTA Jr. Team Tennis National Championships will deliver the best teams in the country to Dixieland for two tremendous tournament weekends in October.
The 2013 tournament, which will be held at the Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center in Cayce, S.C., will feature the top 64 teams in the U.S. competing in four events – 14 and Under Intermediate and Advanced, and 18 and Under Intermediate and Advanced – totaling more than 500 participants from the USTA’s 17 sections.
The 14 and Under events begin on Thursday, Oct. 17, while the 18 and Under events commence a week later, starting Oct. 24.
USTA Jr. Team Tennis provides young players with all of the health and social benefits of tennis in a coed, fun and competitive team environment, allowing them to compete with and against players of similar skill and age levels.
“The National Championships serves as the crown jewel of the Jr. Team Tennis season and allows these young players an incredible opportunity to compete against teams from across the country,” said Adrienne DiMenna, National Manager, USTA Jr. Team Tennis. “These events feature the very best elements of tennis – spirited competition, friendship, achievement, sportsmanship and fun – providing a once-in-a-lifetime experience for participants.”
This is the second year that the Cayce Tennis Center will host to the USTA Jr. Team Tennis National Championships. In 2012, the Austin Tennis Academy in Austin, Tex. swept the 14U and 18U Advanced events for USTA Texas, while USTA Eastern also produced two champions in the Intermediates: Hartsdale, N.Y. (18U) and Basking Ridge, N.J. (14U).
Located in the USTA Southern section, the Cayce Tennis Center was recently named the 2013 National Featured Facility Award winner, the USTA’s highest tennis facility honor. In addition, a second tennis facility, the Lexington County Tennis Complex in Lexington, S.C., also will be utilized to serve the hundreds of players competing each weekend.
“We are thrilled to have so many young people and their families coming to our award-winning tennis and fitness facility in the city of Cayce,” said Cayce Mayor Elise Partin. “Many of our Cayce residents and residents across the Midlands enjoy this facility, and we couldn’t be more pleased to share it with other families across the nation for these two national events.”
Established in 1991 and with nearly 100,000 players competing nationwide, USTA Jr. Team Tennis continues to bring players together to enjoy camaraderie and teamwork, providing a fun environment for kids to learn that succeeding is really more about how they play the game – win or lose.