Memphis Tennis Association
 May 2012  
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2012 USTA Spring League State Tournament

Only a few weeks left, until the 2012 USTA Spring League State Championships begin here in Memphis!
Memphis will have over 1,200 players traveling to our city, and the volunteers are busy getting everything ready to welcome our guests.  There are a lot of fun kickoff events planned from free clinics to a pro exhibition match.  This is going to be a knock out event to promote our great city, so make plans now to attend, as this will be something you won't want to miss! 
However, there are still some unfilled needs in several areas of the planning process.  See below, and please consider if you might be able to help fill some of these remaining requests.
State Tournament Volunteers Needed

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Can You Help? 


The state championship tournament committees have identified the following areas where there is still unfilled needs:  

  • Artistic or just plain Creative? Rally your own USTA Team to participate in Goodie Bag/Basket contest for the Player Party.   Click here for more info!
In This Issue
State Tourn Help
Gift Basket Contest
Tournament Festivities
2012 Jr Team Tennis
USTA Flex League
Tri-Level Info
Quick Links
Join Our Mailing List!
USTA Mixed Doubles Leagues


Teams are forming...


Adult/Sr.- play is June 2-July 22 


Click here to register for a team

For more information contact Sherrie Cox at
or (901) 361-7980 


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State Tournament Gift Basket Contest
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Team Gift Basket Contest!

 Baskets needed by June 4th!

Participants: Please contact Sherrie Nischwitz or Sharon Dertien with questions or regarding pick-up of your basket. Contact info below.   


Every Memphis team, whether you are in the tournament or not, has the opportunity to get together with your teammates and donate a creative gift basket to be given away at the Player's Party during the tournament. If your team's basket is the most sought after by the tournament participants, your team will win a FREE INDOOR WINTER COURT CONTRACT time at one of the Memphis Public Facilities.


Get together with your team and let's help to make this State Tournament successful again this year!

Attention Men: If you need help designing a basket, we have helpers that are willing to assist you!

Sherrie: 901-603-0085 

Sharon: 901-487-2479 

State Tournament Festivities
 State Festivities 
Tournament Festivities!

 Check- In Receptions
Leftwich Tennis Center
Thursday, June 7th and June 21st
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Click here for details

Player Parties State Tourn party
Handy Park on Beale Street 
Saturday, June 9th and 23rd 
7:00 PM-9:00 PM

*Meet and socialize with your fellow players! 
  • Music and Dancing
  • Appetizers, Wine and Beer will be served as long as it lasts
  • Player Basket Raffles
  • Entry is free, please show lanyard to enter
2012 Jr Team Tennis
 JTT Doubles 
2012 Summer Jr. Team Tennis Registration
Now Open!

 League registration deadline is May 31st.

Matches will be played over 4 weekends:
June 9/10/11, 16/17/18, 30/1st/2nd,
and July 7/8/9.


  • Who: Players in all age groups. 8u,10u,12u,14u,18u. Quick Start formats will be used in 8u and 10u leagues.  
  • What: Each team must have a minimum of three boys and three girls (8u minimum three players of any gender). There is no limit to how many kids can be on a team. 
  • Where: Match locations and times will be determined. Matches will be played on Saturdays/Sundays/Mondays.   

How do we sign up?


Format for Local Play

  • Each team match will consist of 1 boys and girls singles match, plus one boys and girls doubles match.
  • Matches will be two short sets to 4 with no-ad scoring. A 10-point tiebreak will be played for the third set.
  • The total number of individual GAMES won determines the winner of each match.
  • 8u will play 2 out of 3 sets to 7 points.
  • All skill levels can play!

QUESTIONS???? Contact League Commissioner, Tony Cherone: 488-2985 or e-mail    

2012 Flex League
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Registration Now Open!
If you don't have the time, we've got the league
for you.


USTA Flex Leagues packages all the thrills of organized league tennis into a flexible schedule so everyone, regardless of time constraints and ability, can play. Maybe you can't commit to every Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. Maybe Tuesday of next week works better for you-or Thursday, the week after that. With Flex Leagues, it's your call. 


The Flex League format groups players of similar ability together in an organized seven to ten week league that allows participants to schedule matches on their own terms. 


Flex Leagues can be either singles or doubles, all organized by NTRP ratings, ensuring fair and competitive matches. What makes Flex Leagues so unique is that you play your matches when it's convenient for you, as either player can take responsibility for setting up a match in any given week. That allows players to compete at a time and a date that's mutually convenient.  Read more


Registration Deadline is June 13th


Play begins the week of June 18th and ends mid-August.


Adult Men & Women Singles & Doubles levels 3.0 - 4.5 will be offered.


Local contact:  Chris Bodry 901-409-1679 or
2012 USTA Tri-Level League
Women's Doubles

  Memphis 2012 USTA Tri-Level League


Registration is open for the 2012 season.  Click here for more details. 


Ladies:                Men:

2.5/3.0/3.5         3.0/3.5/4.0       

3.0/3.5/4.0         3.5/4.0/4.5

3.5/4.0/4.5         4.0/4.5/5.0 



Season dates:  May 28th - June 22nd 


Contact MJ Garnett with any questions at


"If you can react the same way to winning and losing, that's a big accomplishment. That quality is important because it stays with you the rest of your life, and there's going to be a life after tennis that's a lot longer than your tennis life." - Chris Evert

Cathy Russell
Editor, Talkin' Tennis