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Eastern

2021 Eastern League Sectional Results

Scott Sode | October 04, 2021

After a year-long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, USTA Eastern’s League Sectionals are back in full swing! Throughout August and September, teams in multiple divisions from all of Eastern’s six regions are competing for the chance to represent the section at the National Championships, which will be held this fall at different locations in Arizona, Florida and Oklahoma.

 

Among those who have already advanced: Metro’s 18 & Over 5.0 Men’s team, led by Captain Matt Hansen. To earn their berth, the group battled strong competition from Northern Region and Southern Region 5.0 squads, and several matches were ultimately decided in super tiebreaks.

 

“We did an awesome job supporting each other and fighting for every point,” Hansen said. “Our matches were tight coming down to a few key points here and there, so mental toughness was key. [One of] the most fun parts [of the weekend] was the look of joy on everyone's faces once we clinched!”

 

Hansen, who played Division I tennis for both Northern Illinois University and Jacksonville University, discovered USTA League tennis just three seasons ago when he joined a friend’s team in Westchester. He loved the format and competition and decided to learn more about the program closer to home in the Metro area. Now, in just his first season captaining, Hansen is headed to Nationals for the first time.

 

“Overall it's awesome to captain a USTA team and see the fruits of your labor come to fruition,” he said. “We have some talented guys on our roster, but above all great human beings. So it was awesome to bring everyone together this year after a tough 2020.”

Before heading to Arizona this fall, the team planned to celebrate with ping pong and drinks in the city.

 

“The best part of the USTA League experience is that you get to compete like it's college again and support your buddies on the court,” Hansen said. “Tennis is an individual sport so being able to enjoy the game in a team setting—and grab beers afterwards—is priceless.”

 

Also punching a ticket to Nationals: The Metro 18 & Over 4.0 Men’s team, which faced off against Long Island, New Jersey, Southern and Western throughout sectional competition.

 

“Good communication and maintaining positive attitudes were the keys to success, as well as having the depth of players that we do,” said Team Captain Vladimir Salomon (pictured above, center). 

 

Like Hansen, Salomon was also proud of how every member stayed focused and supported each other.

“I think the biggest challenge was managing the nerves,” Salomon said. “We all really lifted each other up in each match, both as spectators and as doubles teammates on the court.

 

Salomon was thrilled to get the opportunity to compete on a national stage again. He noted that one of his best tennis moments ever was getting to attend the 2018 National Tri-Level Invitational, held in Indian Wells right before the annual pro tournament there.

 

“It was an incredible experience to not just play at the site but also to see the best players in the world and be face-to-face with them,” he said. “It was unbelievable.”

 

Learn more about USTA Leagues in the Eastern Section

We will post USTA Eastern Sectional Championship results below as they become available:

 

Champions: Metro Region

Finalists: Southern Region

 

18 & Over 6.0 Mixed

 

Champions: Southern Region

Finalists: Long Island Region

 

18 & Over 7.0 Mixed

 

Champions: Metro Region

Finalists: Long Island Region

 

18 & Over 8.0 Mixed

 

Champions: Metro Region

Finalists: New Jersey Region

 

18 & Over 9.0 Mixed

 

Champions: New Jersey Region

Finalists: Long Island Region

 

Tri-Level 4.0/3.5/3.0 Men

 

Champions: New Jersey Region

Finalists: Western Region

 

Tri-Level 4.0/3.5/3.0 Women

 

Champions: Western Region

Finalists: Metro Region

18 & Over 2.5 Women

 

Champions: Southern Region

Finalists: Long Island Region

 

18 & Over 3.0 Men

 

Champions: Southern Region

Finalists: Western Region

 

18 & Over 3.0 Women

 

Champions: Long Island Region

Finalists: Northern Region

 

18 & Over 4.0 Men

 

Champions: Metro Region

Finalists: Southern Region

 

18 & Over 4.0 Women

 

Champions: New Jersey Region

Finalists: Southern Region

 

18 & Over 5.0 Men

 

Champions: Metro Region

Finalists: Southern Region

 

18 & Over 5.0 Women

 

Champions: Metro Region

Finalists: Long Island Region

18 & Over 3.5 Men
 
Champions: Western Region
Finalists: Southern Region
 
18 & Over 3.5 Women
 
Champions: Southern Region
Finalists: New Jersey Region
 
18 & Over 4.5 Men
 
Champions: New Jersey Region
Finalists: Southern Region
 
18 & Over 4.5 Women
 
Champions: Long Island Region
Finalists: Southern Region
 
40 & Over 3.0 Men
 
Champions: Southern Region
Finalists: Long Island Region
 
40 & Over 3.0 Women
 
Champions: Long Island Region
Finalists: Southern Region

40 & Over 3.5 Women

 

Champions: New Jersey Region

Finalists: Southern Region

 

40 & Over 4.0 Women

 

Champions: New Jersey Region

Finalists: Metro Region

 

40 & Over 4.5 Women

 

Champions: Southern Region

Finalists: Long Island Region

55 & Over 6.0 Women

 

Champions: Long Island Region

Finalists: Southern Region

 

55 & Over 7.0 Men

 

Champions: Long Island Region

Finalists: Western Region

 

55 & Over 7.0 Women

 

Champions: Long Island Region

Finalists: New Jersey Region

 

55 & Over 8.0 Men

 

Champions: Northern Region

Finalists: Southern Region

 

55 & Over 8.0 Women

 

Champions: Long Island Region

Finalists: New Jersey Region

 

55 & Over 9.0 Men

 

Champions: Southern Region

Finalists: Metro Region

 

55 & Over 9.0 Women

 

Champions: Southern Region

Finalists: Northern Region

65 & Over 6.0 Women

 

Champions: Northern Region

Finalists: Southern Region

 

65 & Over 7.0 Men

 

Champions: Southern Region

Finalists: Western Region

 

65 & Over 7.0 Women

 

Champions: Long Island Region

Finalists: Southern Region

 

65 & Over 8.0 Men

 

Champions: Southern Region

Finalists: Long Island Region

 

40 & Over 6.0 Mixed

 

Champions: Long Island Region

Finalists: Southern Region

 

40 & Over 7.0 Mixed

 

Champions: New Jersey Region

Finalists: Metro Region

 

40 & Over 8.0 Mixed

 

Champions: New Jersey Region

Finalists: Metro Region

 

40 & Over 9.0 Mixed

 

Champions: Long Island Region

Finalists: Southern Region

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