Darien club wins national tennis title
Stingers, the women’s tennis team from Darien, CT, representing USTA New England, took home the USTA League Adult 40 and Over 4.0 National Championship held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, CA.
Stingers went undefeated in their flight (3-0) on Friday and Saturday by defeating teams from Seattle, Puerto Rico and Westchester County, NY to earn a trip to Sunday’s championship bracket. There, they defeated Richmond, VA 4-1 in the semi-finals and Northern California 4-1 to take home the championship.
Stingers are captained by June Wang and were represented at Nationals by Meredith Bergman, Melissa Edwards, Sheri Femia, Lainie Goldstein, Trudy Meyer, Carron Mount, Ellen Schubert, and Pam Turner. The team play out of Kings Highway Tennis Club in Darien, CT.
Established in 1980, USTA League has grown from 13,000 participants in a few parts of the country in its first year, to over 820,000 players across the nation today, making it the world’s largest recreational tennis league.
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 National Tennis Rating Program (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.
Head Penn Racquet Sports is in its 27th year as official ball of USTA League.