2013 USTA LEAGUE ADULT MEN”S 18 & OVER 5.0 NATIONAL RUNNER UP - Dallas, Texas – T Bar M Racquet Club Roster: (Left to Right) - Oscar Flores (Captain), Dawid Kuczer, Andrew Plum, Thomas Bartzen, Nick Plum, Alexander Behar, Byron D. Talbot, Parker Flores (Kneeling), Brett Ryan, Ryan Haley, Pablo Mayorga, Rafael Valdez, Ryan Friend, Larry Pascal .
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INDIAN WELLS, CALIF. – The men’s tennis team from Dallas, Texas representing the USTA Texas Section, finished second at the USTA League Adult 18 & Over 5.0 National Championships held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif.
The Dallas team lost to a team from Lynchburg, Va., 2-1 in the Championship match. Earlier in the day, the Dallas team defeated a team from Arlington Heights, Ill., 2-1 in the semifinals. They advanced this far by winning their round-robin flight contested Friday and Saturday.
The team is captained by Oscar Flores and features Dawid Kuczer, Andrew Plum, Thomas A. Bartzen, Nick Plum, Alexander Behar, Byron Talbot, Parker Flores (Kneeling) Brett Ryan, Ryan Haley, Pablo Mayorga, Rafael Valdez, Ryan Friend, Larry Pascal and plays at the T Bar M Racquet Club.
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The top four teams in order of finish are: Mid-Atlantic Section, Texas Section, Caribbean Section and Midwest Section.
Established in 1980, 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.
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.
Beginning with the 2013 National Championship season, USTA League changed its structure and format. The change offers USTA League participants three age categories (Adult 18 & Over, Adult 40 & Over and Adult 55 & Over and Mixed 18 & Over) to better align participants with players their own age. The restructuring guarantees more frequency of play opportunities at more appropriate age groups.
Head Penn Racquet Sports is in its 26th year as official ball of USTA League.
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