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2014 Southern Mixed Championships - Friday, October 17, 2014

USTA Southern
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PRESS RELEASE

Georgia Scores at 2014 USTA Southern
Mixed Doubles Sectional Championships


MISSISSIPPI CAPTAIN HAS CHAMPION & FINALIST

MOBILE, ALA. – October 16, 2014 – Georgia had three champions and three finalists, outdistancing other states in the 2014 USTA Southern Mixed Doubles Sectional Championships.

Ed Assaf, who captained two teams, won the 18 & Over 9.0 crown and came in second in the 40 & Over 8.0 level. His teams play out of the Hattiesburg (Miss.) Racquet Club.

Louisiana had a champion and three finalists while Mississippi and South Carolina scored with two winners and a finalist. Memphis, Tenn. and Columbus, Ga. finished with a champion and two finalists.

Matches were played Oct. 10-12 at the Copeland-Cox Mobile Tennis Center.

The winning adult teams have been invited to the USTA Mixed Doubles National Championships to represent USTA Southern, the largest of the 17 USTA sections. Mixed doubles 18 & Over 2.5, 7.0 & 9.0 teams will compete in Tucson, Ariz. Nov. 14-16 and the 6.0, 8.0 & 10.0 will compete in Tucson Nov. 21-23. Mixed doubles 40 & Over 6.0 & 8.0 teams will compete in Surprise, Ariz. Nov. 14-16 while the 7.0 and 9.0 teams will play in Surprise Nov. 21-23.

Champions and finalists, and their captains, are:

LEVEL

CHAMPIONS

FINALISTS

Score in final

18 & Over
2.5

Mandeville/Covington, La.
Chris Entrekin

Columbus, Ga.
James Scott

Champions were 4-0 in round-robin play.

18 & Over 6.0

Atlanta
Jacques Myrthil

Mandeville/Covington, La. (A)
Jennifer Orgeron

3-0

18 & Over 7.0

Dothan, Ala.
Michael Johns

Memphis, Tenn.
Peter Kim

2-1

18 & Over 8.0

Columbus, Ga.
Hal Casion

New Orleans
Monica Bourgeois

2-1

18 & Over 9.0

Hattiesburg, Miss.
Ed Assaf

Columbus, Ga.
Christy Bates

Champions were 5-1 in round-robin play.

18 & Over 10.0

Sandy Springs, Ga.
Jamie Dockter

Memphis, Tenn.
Jeff Meek

Champions were 3-0 in round-robin play.

40 & Over 6.0

Gulfport, Miss. (A)
Cindy Suit

Columbia, S.C.
Rob Szwec

Champions were 5-0 in round-robin play.

40 & Over 7.0

Charleston, S.C.
Allison Pickhardt

Lake Charles, La. (A)
Rusty Cart

3-0

40 & Over 8.0

Memphis, Tenn.
Oakley Foy

Hattiesburg, Miss.
Ed Assaf

2-1

40 & Over 9.0

Greenville, S.C.
Linda Beaton

Rome, Ga.
Brian Proffitt

Champions were 5-0 in round-robin play.



Team photos are available on request. The tournament web site is: http://www.southernmixed.com.

Teams consisted of at least three men and three women and each match consists of three courts.

The nine states of USTA Southern are: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The 2014 tournament is presented by USTA Southern in cooperation with strong local volunteer support. Penn Racquet Sports is in its 26th year as official ball of USTA League Tennis.

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the USTA League. Established in 1980, it has grown from 13,000 participants in a few parts of the country in its first year, to over 585,000 players across the nation today, making it the world’s largest recreational tennis program. There are more than 115,000 adult and senior players in USTA Southern playing on an average of nearly three teams per year.

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 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).

The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. It owns and operates the US Open, the largest annually attended sporting event in the world, and launched the Emirates Airline US Open Series linking 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns the 96 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S., and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic games. A not-for-profit organization with more than 722,000 members, it invests 100 percent of its proceeds in growing the game. It is divided into 17 sections, of which USTA Southern is the largest. The 176,000+ USTA members living in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee make up USTA Southern, and account for nearly 25 percent of the total USTA membership. USTA Southern also owns a majority share of the BB&T Atlanta Open, an 250 ATP World Tour event. A professional staff housed in Norcross, Ga., carries out USTA Southern’s daily operations, but policy is formed and much of the organization’s work is executed via a board and committee structure of over 200 volunteers. For more information about the types of programs and services offered by USTA Southern, visit www.southerntennis.com.

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Ron Cioffi, USTA Southern

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