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LOUISIANA - Five Champions! Four Finalists! - Wednesday, March 7, 2012

2011 Combo Doubles Southern Section Championships

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22 Section Champions Crowned at 2011 Combo Doubles
Southern Section Championships
Presented by MINI


Mobile, AL – March 5, 2012 USTA Southern crowned 22 champions during the 2011 Combo Doubles Southern Section Championships presented by MINI March 2-5 in Mobile, Ala. This tournament is recognized as the largest tournament in the world by player count with about 1,900 players.

Louisiana led the section's nine states with five champions and four finalists. North Carolina and South Carolina had three champions and three finalists. Tennessee had three champions and two finalists. Three cities had two champions: Charlotte, N.C.; Mandeville/Covington, La. and Memphis, Tenn.

There were about 195 teams that played in the following number of divisions: five men's Adults, six women's Adults, three men's and women's Seniors, two men's Super Seniors and three women's Super Seniors.

Matches were played at Copeland-Cox Mobile Tennis Center (host site), Heron Lake Country Club, Medal of Honor/Cottage Hill Park, Mirror Lake Racquet Club and Oakwood Swim & Racquet Club.

In Combo Doubles, the two teammates on court ­must have a combined National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) rating that does not exceed the level in which the team competes. More information can be found on the tournament's website, This is the 2011 tournament because teams qualified in local play last year. Three levels were played in round-robin competition with the rest having final matches.

Teams emerging victorious were:




in final

Men's 5.5

Bossier City, LA
Captain: Eric Zimmer

Knoxville, Tenn.
Captain: Sam Doak

5-0 in
round robin

Men's 6.5

Spartanburg, S.C.
Captain: Roger Hardin

Gastonia, N.C.
Captain: Bill Connor


Men's 7.5

Memphis, Tenn.
Captain: Mark Goodfellow

Baton Rouge, LA
Captain: Duane Pierce


Men's 8.5

Savannah, Ga.
Captain: Matt Hall

Tupelo, Miss.
Captain: John Ballard


Men's 9.5

Lexington, Ky.
Captain: John Herring

Mandeville/Covington, LA
Captain: Corbett Christian


Senior Men's 6.5

Chattanooga, Tenn. (A)
Captain: Tony Bartley

Biloxi, Miss.
Captain: Arthur Lestrade


Senior Men's 7.5

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Captain: Steve Conklan

Shreveport, La. (B)
Captain: Alan Cox


Senior Men's 8.5

Charleston, S.C.
Captain: Mike Viljac

Dothan, Ala.
Captain: Wesley Langford


Super Senior Men's 6.5

Lafayette, LA
Captain: Ray Veillon

Columbus, Ga.
Captain: Russ Hagberg

4-0 in
round robin

Super Senior Men's 7.5

Keowee Key, S.C.
Captain: Larry Druffel

New Orleans, LA
Captain: Tony Davila



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