USTA 4.0 Senior 1998 National Tennis Champions

Bossier Racquet Club/Natchitoches Country Club

Bossier City/Natchitoches, Louisiana

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Riviera Resort and Racquet Club - Palm Springs, CA

October 29 - November 1, 1998

Team Members left to right:  Gordon Ward (BRC), Gary Killen (BRC),   Mike Kornblatt (BRC), Hugh Rodriquez (NCC), Captain Danny Roemer (BRC), Don Robinson (NCC), Jerry Pierce (NCC), and Jimmy Procell (BRC) .

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Ball The road to the National Championships began in January 1998 when five players from the Bossier Racquet Club in Bossier City, LA and three players from the Natchitoches Country Club in Natchitoches, LA formed a team to play in the USTA Senior 4.0 Shreveport/Bossier local league. The ultimate goal was to win the National Championship. The road to the National Championships was long and not easy but it ended ,10 months later, when the team won the United States Tennis Association's (USTA) 4.0 Senior National Championship, October 29 - November 1, 1998, in Palm Springs, CA.

Below are pictures from the National Championships.  Click on picture for a larger view of picture.

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Ball The Bossier/Natchitoches team advanced to the national finals by winning, the Bossier/Shreveport local league, the Louisiana state championship and the Southern Sectional tournament at Chattanooga, TN.

Ball Winners of the 17 USTA sections from across the nation participated in the national championships at Palm Springs. The teams competed in four divisions and the winners of the four divisions met in the semi-final round. Winning teams in the semi-finals played for the championship and for second place. The semi-final losers played for third and fourth place.

Ball Bossier/Natchitoches swept its division with victories over San Antonio from the Texas Section, Honolulu from the Hawaii Section and Chicago from the Mid-States Section. The team lost only one of nine matches in its bracket.

Ball In the semi-finals, team pulled out a 2-1 victory over Southwest Section champion Phoenix before battling to another 2-1 win against Intermountain Section winner Las Vegas in the final round.

Ball Each match in USTA seniors play is comprised of three doubles matches and the Bossier/Natchitoches team posted an overall 12-3 matches at the national championships.

Ball The Louisiana team was also unbeaten at the Southern Sectional championships in July in Chattanooga, TN. which featured state winners from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky and Alabama. The Bossier/Natchitoches players defeated teams from Knoxville, TN., Columbus, GA., Lexington, KY., Hilton Head, SC. and Pinehurst, NC. to win the Southern Sectionals.

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Ball The Bossier/Natchitoches team made it to the sectional tournament after capturing the Louisiana championship at the state tournament in Shreveport with victories over teams from Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lafayette, Monroe, and Slidell.

Ball The national championship team lost only once in 21 matches this year and that defeat came at the local level after the championship had already been decided.

Ball USTA seniors competition is for players 50 years of age and over, and the 4.0 division is the second-highest level of competition for seniors.

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