October marks a big month for the USTA National Campus in the world of adult tennis. Each weekend in October, the USTA National Campus will be hosting a USTA League National Championships, covering a number of age and skill divisions.
Established in 1980, USTA League has grown from 13,000 players in a few parts of the country in its first year to more than 310,000 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.
Teams compete at the local level and advance to their respective Section Championships. Winners of those Section titles earn a spot at the National Championships, hosted throughout the fall at a number of venues across the country, including the USTA National Campus.
For local players who want to get involved, the USTA National Campus offers a number of different competitive formats for adult players. Those interested in a traditional USTA League and the chance to potentially advance to the National Championships, visit the National Campus website to find more information about local leagues run by the USTA Florida Section.
More casual options are available as well through the USTA National Campus “Social Play” program. These sessions resemble a classic “pick-up league” and include both singles and doubles options for a wide range of skill levels. The sessions, which cost $10 per person, are led by USTA National Campus pros and are designed for local players to grow their tennis network in a fun, yet competitive atmosphere.
As always, the full complement of adult programming, including beginners classes, cardio tennis, private lessons and more, are available. Local players will also, for the first time, have the unique opportunity to play on the USTA National Campus’ authentic red clay courts beginning in October. The courts, which are part of the USTA Player Development’s private training area, will now be made available for rental or to book private lessons. The courts will be available in the evenings on Tuesdays through Thursdays, in addition to organized social play on Fridays. For complete availability and pricing, please visit ustanationalcampus.com.
Also new in October is “Happy Hour” at the Net Post Grill. On Mondays through Thursdays, from 2 p.m. until close, the Net Post Grill will be offering buy-one, get-one-free on a number of items, including beer, wine, smoothies, and pizza by the slice.