Competition is fierce yet fun, and
good sportsmanship abounds as Team Tennis takes hold all over the
Alabama Coast. Men's, Women's, Mixed and Senior Leagues feature hundreds
of tennis devotees battling for pride, glory, and Tervus Tumblers or
towels (for the victors).
The newest and arguably most
energetic addition to the schedule came with the introduction of a World
Team Tennis tournament in December. Produced by Gulf Coast Team Tennis,
llc and slated to be an annual event, the Mobile Family Tennis Festival
and Mylan WTT Tournament brought the unique team format pioneered 40
years ago by tennis great Billy Jean King back to Mobile. Affiliated and
sanctioned by the World Team Tennis Association, the weekend featured
competition in 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 divisions with the winners earning a
spot in one of seven National Qualifying Tournaments and an opportunity
to advance to the finals in Indian Wells, California.
Capturing division titles were: 3.0
Hit and Run - captained by Alice Huber; 3.5 Pony Riders - captained by
Jon Simmons; 4.0 Aces Wild - led by Alabama Coasting's own, David
Calametti; and 4.5 That Team - with Megan Cooper as fearless leader.