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5685 Spalding Drive

Norcross, GA 30092

Telephone: 770.368.8200

Fax: 770.368.9091



Tennessee Scores at 2015 USTA Southern
Mixed Doubles Sectional Championships


ATLANTA – October 11, 2015 – Tennessee used its home state advantage to place five teams in the finals, outdistancing other states in the 2015 USTA Southern Mixed Doubles Sectional Championships, played Oct. 9-11, in and around Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Jay Huffman captained two Volunteer State championship teams. He guided the Adult 6.0 18 & Over and 40 & Over squads from Knoxville. Tennessee also had two other victors and a finalist.

Mississippi had two champions and two finalists.

The 2015 USTA Southern Mixed Doubles Sectional Championships were played at four facilities: the Champions Club Tennis Complex at Rivermont Park (tournament headquarters), Baylor School, The McCallie School and, due to rain on Saturday, the Racquet Club of Chattanooga.
There were 92 teams with 668 registered players competing for the right to represent USTA Southern at the USTA National Mixed Doubles Championships. Ten teams will advance in the following levels: Adult 18 & Over – 2.5, 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0 and 10.0, and Adult 40 & Over – 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0. USTA Championships will be contested next month in Arizona.

Teams consisted of at least three men and three women and each match consists of three courts. The combined NTRP rating of the two players on court must equal the level’s number. In the 2.5 level, all players must be rated 2.5. Teams began play in a round-robin format. The winner of each flight met Sunday in the finals, except for the Adult 18 & Over 2.5 and 10.0 levels, which played a round robin only.

Champions and finalists, and their captains, are:




Score in final

18 & Over

Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Amanda Maksi

Florence, South Carolina
Lorna Cintron

4-0 in round-robin play

18 & Over 6.0

Knoxville, Tennessee
Jay Huffman

Benton, Arkansas
Kiker Brandon


18 & Over 7.0

Pelham, Alabama (A)
Rusty Wilkes

Lexington, Kentucky
Julia Hutchens


18 & Over 8.0

Jackson, Mississippi
Paul Kimble

Bristol, Tennessee (A)
Joshua Woods


18 & Over 9.0

Denver, North Carolina
Chris Chapman

Bella Vista, Arkansas
Kurt Solera


18 & Over 10.0

Memphis, Tennessee
Jeff Meek

Morrisville, North Carolina
Mrinal Das

3-1 in round-robin play

40 & Over 6.0

Knoxville, Tennessee
Jay Huffman

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Catherine David


40 & Over 7.0

Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Renee Brown

Corinth, Mississippi
Mike Pitman


40 & Over 8.0

Birmingham, Alabama
Terry Martin

Athens, Georgia
Nick Nickerson


40 & Over 9.0

Columbus, Georgia
Christy Bates

Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Ed Assaf


Team photos are available on request. The tournament web site is:

The nine states of USTA Southern are: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The 2015 tournament is presented by USTA Southern in cooperation with strong local volunteer support. Penn Racquet Sports is in its 27th year as official ball of USTA League Tennis.

This year marks the 36th 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 865,000 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 18 years of age or older.

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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 165,000+ 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, Georgia, 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

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