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Three Delaware Tennis Teams Advance to WTT National Qualifiers

Wilmington, DE (April 22-23, 2006) – Over 90 area tennis enthusiasts competed in a World TeamTennis Recreational Tournament this past weekend at Brandywine Racquet Club in Concordville, PA. The tournament was originally slated for Delaware Tennis Center at Bellevue State Park, but was moved indoors due to the inevitable rain. Tournament sponsors included MySherpa (www.mysherpa.com) and Mamma Giulia Ristorante & Pizzeria on Philadelphia Pike.

The tournament included 13 teams, broken into three playing levels: Beginner (2.5-3.0), Intermediate (3.0-3.5), and Intermediate/Advanced (3.5-4.5). The winning team from each level became eligible to attend a WTT National Qualifier. National Qualifiers are held across the nation, including Bradenton, FL; Las Vegas, NV; St. Louis, MO; Schenectedy, NY; Atlanta, GA; or Irvine, CA.

Only one point separated the first place Claymates from the second place Racquet Rebels in the Beginner Level. Becky DePorte captained the Claymates. Other team members were Carmie Clark, Jill Boova, Tony Boova, Sue Spitz, Cooke Harvey, Donald Reid, Mario Munoz and Mohammad Nawaz.

The top three teams in the Intermediate Flight A were separated by just four points. Team Koester, captained by Jane Koester, fought off some tough competition to advance to the Intermediate Level playoffs. Other team members were Katie Centrella, Colleen Shivone, Bree Tease, Robert Krawczyk, David Taylor, and Charles Rowe. The Fireballs in Intermediate Flight B had some stiff competition of their own, winning their flight by a mere two points, and taking the overall win at the Intermediate Level. Bianca Skilling captained the Fireballs whose other team members were James Skilling, Lexy Malone, Gae Pike, Brenda Nunez, Alan Oberman, Bill Long and Barry Crell. 

In the Intermediate/Advanced Level, Team Alp took the championship over Team Homewood. Team Alp was captained by Alp Akalin and included Chas Engel, Deb Engel and Kristi Borman.

WTT Recreational Leagues are played throughout the United States in more than 1,000 cities. “The co-ed team format of World TeamTennis is fun, fast-paced, competitive and great exercise,” said WTT co-founder Billie Jean King. “Tennis is even more exciting as a team sport and the WTT format gives players the opportunity to enjoy the game at a new level.”

In Delaware, another local tournament is being planned for the end of July with league play planned for August and September. For more information check updates on www.delawarewtt.com. Interested players can sign up as a team or as individuals looking for a team. Registration is open to residents of Delaware and surrounding states at all levels of play.  If you would like additional information, contact Taya Dianna or Alison Moran by emailing playwtt@comcast.net. Winning teams from this tournament and league will be eligible to compete in a National Qualifier.

Delaware is also fortunate to have a Professional World TeamTennis team with the Delaware Smash, which will be competing at the facilities of AstraZeneca throughout July. For more information about the Delaware Smash, visit www.delawaresmash.com, or call 302-774-4238. Tickets for the 2006 season are on sale now. Box seat tickets can also be ordered through Moran or Dianna.

  Taya Dianna or
  Alison Moran
  WTT Local League Directors