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October 28, 2009 > Union City men win national tennis tourney

Union City men win national tennis tourney

Submitted By Doug Drotman

The men's team from Union City, representing USTA Northern California, captured the national title at the USTA League 3.5 Senior National Championships held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif. from Friday, Oct. 23, to Sunday, Oct. 25.

Union City defeated Honolulu, Hawaii, 3-0, in the Championship match. Earlier in the day, Union City defeated Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, 2-1, in the semifinals. They advanced this far by winning their round-robin flight contested Friday and Saturday.

The team is captained by Hank Vu and features Eugenio Eusebio, Henry Degraca, Alan E. Hanley, Duff L. Danilovich, Bill Bennett, Ray Cardenas, Chris Kirschenheuter, Larry Rafael, Phil Diep, Phil Medina, Hoa Phan, Ramon Giron Zulueta, Alejandro Quillopo, Philip Wong and Tien Tran, and plays at Mango Park in Union City.

The top four teams in order of finish were: Northern California, Hawaii, Pacific Northwest and Caribbean.

This year's USTA League 3.5 Senior National Championship drew the top 34 teams (17 men's and 17 women's) from throughout the nation.

Established in 1980, the USTA League program has grown from 13,000 participants in a few parts of the country in its first year, to over 711,000 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 19 years of age or older. It features Adult and Mixed Doubles divisions, as well as a Senior Division (age 50 or older) and a Super Senior Division (age 60 or older).

For more information about USTA League or the USTA as a whole, visit www.usta.com.

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