USTA St. Louis Adult Mixed Leagues Coming into the Mix
With the mixed doubles league season just around the corner, Connie Weiss — USTA St. Louis mixed league coordinator — is taking team commitments. Individual registration will come a bit later this year after Weiss assigns team numbers.
Weiss — who is in her fifth year running the mixed doubles offerings — said the leagues are a blast and don’t have quite the competitive tenacity of the USTA St. Louis men’s or women’s adult league options. Weiss has partnered with her husband for some of her team’s matches, which she said has only added to the enjoyment.
“Mixed is just so much fun,” Weiss said. “It’s competitive and yet it’s social. It’s a different kind of competitiveness. You get to play with so many different kinds of players. When you’re playing with the guys, they tend to put more spin on the ball or do things differently. You’re not used to the hard balls guys hit sometimes. But realizing I can stay at the net and volley those balls and be OK at it. It’s just fun.”
The first mixed doubles league to begin play in 2021 is the 55 & Over league, which kicks off April 17. This league will run for about seven weeks with matches taking place at various outdoor venues. Matches are Saturday and Sunday afternoons with the league wrapping up June 13.
The mixed 18 & Over league is the next one to begin, with the start date slated for May 3. Matches occur on weeknights. The 7.0 and 8.0 combined levels play on clay courts at The Highlands in Forest Park, while the 9.0 combined level plays at Dwight Davis Tennis Center in Forest Park.
The mixed 40 & Over league starts June 6 and runs through August 22. Matches are played Sunday afternoons at indoor facilities. For the 55 & Over, 40 & Over, and 18 & Over leagues, the levels of play are all combo mixed (6.0 through 9.0, with the 18 & Over league having just the 7.0 through 9.0 levels).
“It’s important to know if players are interested in mixed, they don’t need to come with a partner,” Weiss said. “That’s one of the biggest questions we get — do I have to have a partner? No, you don’t. Your captain is going to be responsible for putting out the lineups and connecting you with a player.”
The mixed tri-level league for adults 18 & Over will begin in August or September, though Weiss noted that is subject to change. This non-advancing fun league takes place Thursday nights for the combo levels of 7.0 through 9.0. Last year’s tri-level league matches were all located at Dwight Davis.
Individuals interested in joining a mixed doubles league or wanting additional information can reach out to Weiss at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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