Left to right: David Sapp, Matt Snyder, John Sanders, Jim Green, Bryan Henderson, Rick Rogers, James Mullins, Jeffrey Kyte, Eric Peterson, Arthur Reid, Jim Flannagan and Bart Kennedy.
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Kingsport's men's team, representing the United States Tennis Association Southern Section, captured the national title at the USTA League Adult 40 & Over 4.0 National Championships at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Sunday.
The Kingsport team defeated a team from Trenton, N.J., 5-0 in the Championship match. Earlier in the day, Kingsport defeated Albany, Calif., 4-1 in the semifinals. Kingsport won its round-robin flight Friday and Saturday.
The team is captained by James Mullins and includes David Sapp, Matt Snyder, John Sanders, Jim Green, Bryan Henderson, Rick Rogers, Jeffrey Kyte, Eric Peterson, Arthur Reid, Jim Flannagan and Bart Kennedy. The team plays in the Mountain Empire Tennis Association.
Established in 1980, the 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.
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 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.