Originally Published: September 28, 2000 7:15 p.m.
"The Kingsmen," a local men's tennis team from Prescott ranging in age from 59-80, will join 16 other recreational league tennis teams from across the country, as they compete for a national title at the USA League Tennis 2.5 Adult National Championships in Palm Springs, Calif., from Oct. 5-8.
Held at the Riviera Resort & Racquet Club and the Racquet Club of Palm Springs, the tournament will determine the No. 1 women's and men's teams in the country at the 2.5 level. Over 250 players are scheduled to compete in this round-robin event.
Representing the United States Tennis Association's Southwest Section (USTA/Southwest), the Kingsmen consist of captain Gene Herndon, Michael Allen, John Bonham, Jim Bryant, Don Hams, Bob Hood, Jim Legros, Norm MacDonald, Ted Moreno, Charles Morrison, Jerry Oelerich, Frank Waples and Gene Zimmerman.
The USA League Tennis Program is the world's largest recreational tennis league with over 360,000 players throughout the country. Players participate on teams in a league format, which is administered by the United States Tennis Association through its 17 sectional associations. The league groups players by ability using six National; Tennis Rating Program (NTRP) levels, from 2.5 (beginner) to 5.0 (advanced). Players progress through a series of championships at the area and sectional levels culminating with the national championships. The USA League Tennis Program is open to any USTA member age 19 and older. The league provides players with the opportunity to improve their skills, have fun, meet other players, travel throughout the country and compete in a USTA national championship.