| By Becky Bellino
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It’s hard to believe, but we are already half way through our Adult League Season and will finish up just around the same time this article is being written. At this time it is too soon to tell who will be advancing to playoffs, Regionals, and Sectionals, but keep on truckin’ and good luck to all of the 185 teams participating this season!

Our regular season for the 40 & Over Mixed Doubles league has come to a close.  It has already been determined that Donna Healy’s Sportime Lynbrook team will represent Long Island for the 6.0 division.  They beat out Deer Park 2-1 in the playoff.  Congratulations to both teams for a strong finish, and good luck to Donna and her team up in Schenectady in September!  The remaining divisions are still duking it out.  Below are the contenders for local league champions: 

7.0 –The team from Sportime Syosset, captained by Schosberg, defeated the team from Deer Park Tennis Center, captained by Patel/Bunting, winning two out of the three lines to advance to Sectionals.

8.0 – The team from Sportime Lynbrook, captained by Low/Blue, won two out of the three lines to beat the team from Sportime Syosset, captained by Mandelbaum/Charles, and advance to Sectionals.

9.0 – The team from Park Avenue Tennis, captained by Chua-McAlonie, won the 9.0 league and have advanced to Sectionals.

With a look back, the 18 & Over Mixed Doubles Sectionals took place the first weekend in June.  Long Island had teams playing in the 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, and 9.0 divisions.  A special shout out to Jill Bratos and her 6.0 team out of Deer Park.  They took 2nd place in a nail-biter that came down to a tie between Northern and their team.  Unfortunately, Northern took first place due to winning Head to Head against our Long Island team.  Great run to all the players that participated! 

Congratulations to the Huntington Indoor Tennis team captained by Lisa Newell and Tracy Kleiberg, who represented the Long Island Region at Sectionals in the 4.0 Tri-Level League. The team finished in second place at Sectionals!

Looking into the near future, The Men’s and Women’s Tri Level League will be starting around the end of September, or in the beginning of October. The league consists of three courts of doubles with one court at the 4.5 level, one at the 4.0 level and one at the 3.5 level.

We also run another Tri Level league at the 4.0, 3.5 and 3.0 levels. If you are interested in captaining a team, or getting onto a team, please let me know.

The 18 & Over Mixed Doubles league, which is three courts of doubles, will have teams at the combined levels of 6.0, 7.0, 8.0, 9.0 and 10.0. The league will run from November 2022 through March 2023. We will also run the 40 & Over Mixed Doubles league with the same levels from February through May. 

In the past we have not been able to get a 55 & Over Mixed Doubles League up and running.  If you are interested in forming a team, please let me know as the best time to run this league would be in the late fall. We can see about having this team participate in the 2023 Sectionals.  The mixed doubles matches play on weekends. Again, if you are interested in captaining a team or joining a team, please let me know!


Becky Bellino is the Adult League Coordinator for USTA/Long Island. She may be reached at bellino@eastern.usta.com.