New England

New 18-39 League

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James Maimonis, Manager, Media & Communications  |  February 6, 2019

WESTBOROUGH, MA- USTA New England’s flagship program, USTA League, is once again expanding and giving a new segment of tennis players the opportunity to get out on the courts this winter. From 2017 to 2018, USTA League participation in New England rose 3 percent, up to nearly 34,000 players. Now, thanks to a brand new 18-39 league in Eastern Massachusetts, it’s easier than ever for young adults to transition to League tennis.


The league, which capped at 80 players for the first season, began on Friday, February 1 and will run weekly on Fridays through March 29. Teams will then advance to a one-day playoff in April.


Ten co-ed teams in both intermediate and advanced divisions make up the league, which uses the World TeamTennis format (no-ad sets that include men’s and women’s singles, doubles and mixed doubles). ADVERTISEMENT  


“We’re excited to be able to offer this indoor league so our young adults can play through the winter. The level-based play provides great, competitive matches while still being in a fun and social setting,” said Sarah Rice, USTA New England Manager, Community Development and league co-coordinator.


The 18-39 league serves as an alternative option to traditional USTA League or as a continuation of USTA’s Tennis On Campus program or the Jack’s Abby Social Tennis League.


Viola Schutter, USTA New England’s Eastern Massachusetts League Coordinator, will oversee the league with Rice.


“This is a great opportunity for young adults to play socially and still have a structured format that includes advancing. We have standings online and will have a playoff with prizes and a party in April,” Schutter said.


Matches are being played at the Boston Athletic Club, Mount Auburn Club and Winchester Indoor Tennis.


“I have played in the Jack’s Abby Social Tennis League for almost three years now and it’s a great way to meet other people who play tennis. I've always found it difficult to get back into the swing of things in the spring, so I thought this would be a great way to keep up with tennis during the offseason and meet new tennis friends,” said league player Maeve Mackey.


Jack’s Abby Social Tennis League site coordinator, Nikki Cachelin, captains Mackey’s team this winter and had high praise for the first night of play.


“I have been doing the Jack’s Abby Social Tennis League the past two years and love how friendly people are. This winter league seems to be a similar social environment, however the format is a variety of singles and doubles which caters to everyone,” Cachelin said. “The competition was great, people seemed happy to get back on the courts, and players now have the opportunity to participate in multiple matches in one night, which is exciting.”


“We had an overwhelming response from players, and since this league filled quickly with even more players than we anticipated, we will definitely be looking to offer it again this year,” Rice said.  


To follow the 18-39 league standings, schedules and results online, click here.


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