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2015 Junior Sectional Championship Press Release - Wednesday, August 26, 2015



Georgia Teams Dominate 2015 USTA Southern
Junior Team Tennis Section Championships


ATLANTA – Aug. 25, 2015 – Teams from Georgia took the most championships and also reached the most finals among the nine states represented at the 2015 USTA Southern Junior Team Section Championships.


Georgia teams from Athens, Atlanta and Woodstock were crowned champions at the tournament played Aug. 21-23. Four other Georgia teams reached finals.


USTA’s junior team program supports coed and single gender teams in four age levels. The teams, which represented various clubs, parks, recreational departments and organizations, finished at the top of their local leagues played in 10 and under, 12 and under, 14 and under, and 18 and under levels. Within each age level, teams also played in two different skill levels: intermediate and advanced.


Matches were played at the Lexington County Tennis Complex and the Cayce Tennis & Fitness Center in Lexington County, South Carolina. All teams at the championships were coed.

Champions and finalist were:


Champion (with captain/coach)

Finalist (with captain/coach)

Score in final
* round robin

10 & Under

Wilmington, North Carolina
Kate Synder (Simpson)

Pawleys Island, South Carolina
Wendy Mercardo


10 & Under

Athens, Georgia
Amy Byrnes

Oxford, Mississippi
Lynda Ratliff


12 & Under

Greenville, South Carolina
DeLinda Bittner

Atlanta, Georgia
Kelly Sloan


12 & Under

Charlotte, North Carolina
John Trimp

Athens, Georgia
Heather Chadwick


14 & Under

Atlanta, Georgia
Eman Tanjuatco

Atlanta, Georgia
Shannan Gaudette


14 & Under

Knoxville, Tennessee
Dana Forsyth (Stultz)

Atlanta, Georgia
Timothy Baxter


18 & Under

Bristol, Tennessee
David Poole

Lexington, South Carolina
Eric Jackson


18 & Under

Woodstock, Georgia
Stacey Tuchmann

Louisville, Kentucky
Thad Keal



This year’s event drew the top coed 59 teams from throughout Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. A team match consists of boys’ and girls’ singles, boys’ and girls’ doubles, and mixed doubles.


Champions in 14 and under and 18 and under levels have the opportunity to advance to the USTA Junior Team Tennis Championships to be played at the same two sites. The 14s Championships are Oct. 15-18. The 18s Championships are Oct. 22-25.


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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 seven summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns about 90 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 710,000 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 174,000+ 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. A professional staff housed in Peachtree Corners, 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 more than 200 volunteers. For more information about the types of programs and services offered by USTA Southern, visit


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Media Contact:

Ron Cioffi, USTA Southern

W: 770-368-8200 x112

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