The winning 5.0 men's team from Atlanta, Georgia.
© Garrett Ellwood
The men’s team from Atlanta, Ga., representing the USTA Southern Section, captured the national title at the USTA League 5.0 Adult National Championships held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif. from Sept. 23 to Sept. 25.
The Atlanta team defeated a team from Austin, Texas 2-1 in the Championship match. Earlier in the day, the Atlanta team defeated a team from Jacksonville, Fla., 2-1 in the semifinals. They advanced this far by winning their round-robin flight contested Friday and Saturday.
The team is captained by Jesse Lindsley and features (Davis Dawson, Alejandro Garcia, Vit Wild, Scott Lindsley and Patrick Emmet and plays at the Midtown Athletic Club, Atlanta, Ga.
The top four teams in order of finish are: Southern, Texas, Northern California and Florida.
This year’s USTA League 5.0 Adult National Championship has drawn the top 30 teams (15 men’s and 15 women’s) from throughout the nation.
USTA League is celebrating its 31st anniversary this year. Established in 1980, it has grown from 13,000 participants in a few parts of the country in its first year, to over 779,000 players across the nation today, making it the world’s largest recreational tennis program.
The USTA League was established to provide adult recreational tennis players throughout the country with the opportunity to compete against players of similar ability levels. Players participate on teams in a league format, which is administered by the USTA through its 17 Sections. The league groups players by using six National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) levels, ranging from 2.5 (entry) to 5.0 (advanced). USTA League is open to any USTA member 19 years of age or older. It features Adult and Mixed Doubles divisions, as well as a Senior Division (age 50) and a Super Senior Division (age 60).
Head Penn Racquet Sports is in its 24th year as official ball of USTA League.