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For the first time in recent memory, no USTA Southern state won more than one championship at a USTA League sectional.

Each of the section’s states – except for Kentucky – won a title at the 2019 USTA League Adult 40 & Over Southern Sectional Championships. Adding to the equality, each of the eight finals were decided by a tight 3-2 score. Georgia, Louisiana and Tennessee also had two finalists.

USTA Southern crowned eight champions 40 & Over Southern Sectional Championships, played July 26-29. The annual championships were played at the Copeland-Cox Mobile (Ala.) Tennis Center. There were more than 80 men’s and women’s teams with more than 900 players from nine states.

In years past, teams played round robins to determine two finalists. Starting this year, teams in most levels played to determine semifinalists, giving more teams a chance to win a Southern championship.

High-resolution photos of champions and finalists are in a Facebook gallery and are available for download.

Hometown - Captain/s
Hometown – Captain/s
in final
Men's 3.0Booneville, Miss.
Danny Thompson
Pelham, Ala.
Jesse Crowley
Men's 3.5Jonesboro, Ark.
Jeff Carpenter/
Robby Patterson
Alpharetta, Ga.
Gregory Jones
Men's 4.0Hoover, Ala.
Patrick Mills
Mandeville/Covington, La. (A)
Bentley Harvey
Men's 4.5+Denver, N.C.
Kane Haynes
Shreveport, La.
Jeffrey Goodman
Women's 3.0Rock Hill, S.C.
Hillary Toon
Memphis, Tenn.
Lisa Edwards/
Tracy Pope
Women's 3.5Brentwood, Tenn.
Jenny Burton/
Jennifer McNabb
Valdosta, Ga.
Betsy Backe
Women's 4.0Roswell, Ga.
Laurie Schmidt
Charlotte, N.C.
Jean Little
Women's 4.5+New Orleans, La.
Nancy Marcello/
Barbara Fitz-Hugh
Nashville, Tenn.
Adrienne Simmons/
Sue Falkner