By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen
By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

USTA Southern Team finishes third at the USTA Junior Team Tennis U14 Advanced National Championship

Cayce, S.C., - A team based out Atlanta, Ga., representing the USTA Southern Section, finished third at the 2016 USTA Junior Team Tennis U14 Advanced National Championships, held at the Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center in Cayce, S.C., Oct. 13-16. 

The 2016 USTA Junior Team Tennis U14 Advanced National Championships brought together the top 28 teams from various USTA Sections throughout the country. 

The Southern team, also known as ATL Fire, defeated a team from USTA Caribbean Section, 53-25, on Sunday.

The team was coach by Mark Dubin and assisted by captain Shannon Gaudette. Team members included: Adeline Flach, Campbell Harmon, Gray Lewis, Karson Gaudette, Isabella Larson, Jordan McClure, Simon Dubin, Alex Hymel, Haley Gaudette, Emma Bentz, Madison Trinh, Ethan Berry and Annemarie Hiser. 

“We had a great run and were happy with the win today,” Dubin said. 

The National Championships serves as the crown jewel of USTA Junior Team Tennis as the nation’s top teams compete for the title. Each year the USTA crowns a national champion in two age divisions (14U and 18U) in both the Intermediate and Advanced play divisions. This year, there are 28 teams from across the United States who have advanced to the National Championships totaling 225 participants.  

Established in 1991, USTA Junior Team Tennis provides youth with all of the health and social benefits of tennis in a co-ed, fun and competitive team environment, and allows participants to compete with and against individuals of similar skill and age levels.It promotes social skills and important values by fostering a spirit of cooperation and unity, as well as individual self-growth. USTA Junior Team Tennis is also a fun environment for kids to learn that succeeding is really more about how they play the game—win or lose.

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. A not-for-profit organization with more than 715,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, the highest-attended annual 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 approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S. and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA’s philanthropic entity, the USTA Foundation, provides grants and scholarships and helps under-resourced youth and individuals with disabilities, and supports  wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans and their families. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com, “like” the official Facebook page, facebook.com/usta, or follow @usta on Twitter.

(October 2016)