The United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) Junior Team Tennis (JTT) is locally wrapping up the most successful season on record. Approximately 400 local youth from Statesboro to Brunswick competed for two seasons toward a July State Championship in Macon, the winners of which move on to the multi-State Sectional Championships next month.
The following local players will compete in Macon at the State Championship from the Statesboro-Bulloch County Recreation Department: Brady Basquin, Julia Basquin, Jack Blackmon, Reagan Boyles, Witt Brannen, Lindsay Collins, Ian DeRosso, Maxine Feltman, Naomi Feltman, Davis Hall, Holden Hall, Annabelle Jaeckel, Maggie Jaeckel, Henry Lanier, James Lanier, Attison Lee, Ella Melton, Liam Melton, Nia Melton, James Riley Snipes and Anna Washington.
UTR (Universal Tennis Rating) and USTA Ranking points are awarded along the way which can influence college scholarships. Effingham and Glynn County teams joined with those from Hinesville, Statesboro, Richmond Hill and Pierce County to compete. According to Local League Coordinator Robert Brown, the season ended with qualifying ten teams for advancement to the John Drew Tennis Center at July’s end.
JTT is a USTA league product for youth from age 8 – 18. Two years ago, Coach Brian Hall and Dr. Bridget spearheaded a parent-led group from Statesboro to join the GITA with only 2 teams; now, the Statesboro-Bulloch Parks and Recreation Department (SBCPRD) is coordinating the Bulloch County effort and players for surrounding areas joining in.
JTT is co-ed and includes: Boys and Girls Singles, Boys and Girls Double plus Mixed Doubles in a Pro-set format where the total number of games is the winning criteria.
“We are always looking for new players and new coaches to grow the tennis program. And we are proud of Top Spinners 18u and Slicers 14u for qualifying for the State Championship,” says Dadrian Cosby, Athletics Manager for SBCPRD.
Due in part to Covid restrictions, tennis is generally experiencing growth, including a near 40% first-time player increase.
More information about SBCPRD’s tennis programs can be found on their website.