18 & Over Southern

Sectional Championships

Ron Cioffi  |  July 26, 2021

Here is the Facebook gallery of champions and finalists.


USTA Southern crowned 12 champions at the 2021 USTA League Adult 18 & Over Southern Sectional Championships, played July 23-25, 2021.


The annual championships were played at the Rome (Ga.) Tennis Center at Berry College (tournament headquarters) and the Rome Tennis Center Downtown. There were 92 men’s and women’s teams with more than 1,000 players from nine states, making it one of the largest tournaments by player number in the world.


Atlanta led all cities with two champions, while Charlotte, N.C., and Louisville, Ky., had a champion and finalist. Georgia had four champions and a finalist, all from metro Atlanta.


Teams have earned a berth in the USTA League National Championships. Different levels will compete over three weekends in October in Surprise, Ariz., Phoenix and Oklahoma City.


Level; Winner, Hometown, Captain/Co-Captains; Finalist, Hometown, Captain/Co-Captains; Score in Final

Men’s 2.5; Tuscaloosa, Ala., Matt Pavlick; Jackson, Miss., Philip Cothern; 4-0 in round robin

Men’s 3.0; Roswell, Ga., Kyle Davis; Alcoa, Tenn., Matt Brown; 3-2

Men’s 3.5; Charlotte, N.C., David Joo/Vivek Mark Kamar Markandan; New Orleans; Carl Castle; 4-1

Men’s 4.0; Marietta, Ga., Joseph Oleander; Johnson City, Tenn., Joshua Woods; 3-2

Men’s 4.5; Louisville, Ky., Matthew Mathes; Charlotte, N.C., Alex King; 3-2

Men’s 5.0; Atlanta, Brian Coyle/Jesse Ferlianto; Florence, S.C., Garth Thomson; 4-0 in round robin

Women’s 2.5; Baton Rouge, La., Catherine Rosenfeld/Heather Day; Meridian, Miss., Melissa Mitchell; 2-1

Women’s 3.0; Nashville, Tenn., Julie Burnstein; Mobile, Ala., Blakely Prine; 3-2

Women’s 3.5; Purchase Area, Ky., Patricia Taylor/Kelly Clapp; Atlanta, Marcella Starks/Dianna Kelly; 3-2

Women’s 4.0; Asheville, N.C., Susie Manley; Hoover, Ala., Kandy Shirley/Lisa Fehr; 5-0

Women’s 4.5; Nashville, Tenn., Stacy Baskin/Lindsey Vaughan; Louisville, Ky., Morgan Bauer/Annie Smith; 4-1

Women’s 5.0; Atlanta, Kim Raley/Sonia Shen; Greer, S.C. (wild card); Elizabeth & Caroline Holland; 4-0 in round robin


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