USTA-sanctioned doubles leagues are underway in the St. Petersburg-Clearwater area with early leaders emerging.
There are 80 total teams - 27 women's teams, 36 men's and 17 mixed - participating in weekly competition, vying for local league bragging rights and for a berth in sectional tournament play.
Last weekend in the 10-team 3.5 senior women's league, the Renaissance Vinoy raised its record to 4-0 with a 2-1 score over Heritage Springs. Winning for the Vinoy were Teena Marks and Marion Foelgner in No. 1, and Jane Harwood and Rosemarie Terra in No. 2.
Monday's competition in the women's 7.0 super senior division resulted in St. Petersburg Tennis Center (3-1) beating Innisbrook 2-1 on the play of Diane McDaniel and Unho Ko in No. 1 and Janice Stone and Suzanne Berns in No. 3. In the 8.0, McMullen-Skoczen (2-1) (won) 3-0 over McMullen-Morgan.
Challenging in men's 4.0 senior play is Shipwatch Tennis Club (3-0) won 2-1 McMullen-Westervelt and shares first place with McMullen-Walker. Winning in straight sets for Shipwatch were Bill Radford and Brian Cooper in No. 1, and Mike Carrigan and Clark Higgs won a third-set tiebreaker in No. 2.
Shipwatch's 3.5 senior men's team posted three 2-1 wins, including last weekend's win over McMullen on the play of Tom Lincicome and John Gelestor in No. 1 and Joe Bulone and Tom Cochrane in No. 3. Shipwatch is first among 11 teams.
In super senior men's 7.0 competition, Shipwatch is 4-0going into Tuesday's match with Bardmoor.
Shipwatch and Safety Harbor Spa are deadlocked with 3-1 record in the four-team 3.5 super 70s league. The Spa's only loss is to Shipwatch, while Shipwatch fell 2-1 to Innisbrook. The two meet Feb. 14.
After its opening-match loss in the six-team adult mixed league, Largo has beaten Kronk Tennis 2-1 and the Spa 3-0. Last weekend against Eastlake Woodlands, Largo claimed all three positions for a 3-0 win. Straight-set winners included Jillian Delucia and Bob Malta in No. 1, Michelle and Rafael Martinez in No. 2, and Janice Williams and C.C. Walker in No. 3.
The Vinoy senior 8.0 mixed squad raised its record to 2-1 with its win last weekend over Treasure Island Tennis and Yacht Club. Vinoy's Sherri Ebelke and William Foubister recorded a third-set tie-break win in No. 1, and Linda Meehan and Fred Guerrier won in straight sets in No. 3. Sharon Cowan and Guntis Barenis posted Treasure Island's only win in No. 2.
Shipwatch collected its first win in the senior 8.0 division with a 2-1 score over Treasure Bay on the play of Vicky Tuller and Mike Carrigan in No. 1 and Emily Signoracci and Tim Kahle in No. 3. Cynthia Stewart and Roger Pryor recorded Treasure Bay's only win in No. 2.
NET SHOTS: Local singles winners in last weekend's Adult Winter NTRP tournament at Eastlake Woodlands included Karen Killen (women's 4.0), Melody Raetz (3.5), Zana Lukosiuniene (3.0), Juan Yannuzzi (men's 5.0), Gerry Barna (4.0), Mason Hubsher (3.5) and J.R. Brennen (3.0).
MARK THE DATE: Admiral Farragut Academy teams with the Baseline Wheelchair Tennis Foundation to host a professional wheelchair tennis exhibition Feb. 22 at noon.
COMING UP: Love to Play Local at Largo is Saturday-Monday for junior singles players 18-and-under and 16. Call 403-8588. ... The Mike Alstott Family Foundation Charity Tennis Tournament is Feb. 15-17 at the Treasure Island Tennis and Yacht Club. Call 367-5479.
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