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February 13, 2008 > Two Fremont men's tennis teams win championships

Two Fremont men's tennis teams win championships

Submitted By Fred Allemann and Larry Parker
Photos By courtesy of Larry Parker

Men's 5.5 and 6.5 level teams from Fremont representing Club Sport Fremont, captured two titles at the USTA League Combo Doubles Section Championships at the Gold River Racquet and Fitness Club held in Gold River, outside Sacramento, on Friday, Feb. 1.

Both Club Sport Fremont teams won round-robin flights contested during the day on Feb. 1. The USTA League Combo Doubles Section Championships were originally planned for three days, Feb. 1 - 3, but because of rain, were shortened to one day by playing with a modified format of shorter pro-sets.

The Men's 5.5 team is captained by Deepak Mehrotra and co-captained by Rangu Ranganathan, and includes Deepak Agrawal, Hugo Chan, Dmitri Daiter, Curtis Darnell, Graham Golder, Wilson Ho, Cuong La, Arthur Lam, Gary Lou, Bill Martin, Rick Morales and Parth Vasa.

The Men's 6.5 team is captained by Rajeev Aswani and co-captained by David Young. Eric Blum, Debashish Bose, Arvind Chakravarthy, Omar El-Sissi, Carlos Garcia, Richard Hart, Kyle Holdbrook, Dennis Johnson, Mark Karpeles, Sountavanh Kongpachith, Steve Lee, Miles Meyer, Reza Nazari, Dai Nojiri, Thang Phan, Linh Tran and Greg Werner are other members of the team.

This year's event featured the best 46 women's and men's combo doubles league tennis teams from Northern California and Northern Nevada, with over 500 players participating. The teams, which represent various clubs, parks and recreational departments, and community tennis associations, won District Championship events held late last year. A small number of teams advanced directly to the Section Championship.

Combo doubles is currently the fastest growing adult league program in the USTA's Northern California Section, with 8923 participants in 2007, a 22 percent increase over the previous year. The unique format allows players of different abilities to play together as a doubles team. Each team match features three doubles matches.

2005 marked the 25th 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 625,000 players across the nation today, making it the world's largest recreational tennis program. USTA Northern California had over 50, 000 participants in our League program in 2007.

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 (beginner) to 5.0 (advanced). USTA League is open to any USTA member 19 years of age or older. It features adult and mixed doubles leagues, a senior league (age 50 and over), two super senior leagues (60 and older and 65 and older), and 50 mixed doubles and combo doubles leagues.

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. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com.

USTA Northern California, located in Alameda, is a not-for-profit volunteer-based organization with over 40,000 adult members, over 8000 junior members and approximately 700 organization members throughout Northern California and Northern Nevada. USTA Northern California is one of the 17 sections of the United States Tennis Association. For more information on USTA Northern California, log on to norcal.usta.com.

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