2019 USTA National Women's Intersectionals
November 11-17. Naples, Florida
11 - 14
By Colleen Clery Ferrell, Southern California section
The 2019 USTA Intersectional Team Event moved back to a former site at the Naples Swim and Tennis Club, now the home of the ASC Sanchez-Casal Tennis Academy. Played on Har-Tru clay, the contests ended with five of Southern’s six teams winning every division except the 75s, where Southern Cal and Florida ended as Co-Champions in a match halted after singles due to steady rain. The 80s Southern team had to share the Co-Champion title with Texas as their matches also concluded early because of the weather.
Fierce competition ensued on the court and sincere friendship prevailed off the court. The NSWTA sponsored their annual reception for players on Tuesday for the 55 and older players, while also offering for the first time a gathering for the young seniors ages 35-54 on Saturday afternoon. Team bonding and friendship renewals were evident as many gathered on the patio in front of the tournament desk daily to chat and wait for their matches to be called.
Matt Gleason, Intersectional Tournament Director for the second time and also Executive Director for USTA Phoenix, organized this event along with Tournament Chairman Rogelio de Haro. On Thursday, players gathered around the pool to enjoy dinner, awards and a live band. Despite losing a large part of Friday to inclement weather conditions, another Intersectional event came to a conclusion in the spirit of great competition and enduring friendships. Next year the event moves back to Phoenix on hard courts and will be played November 9-15, 2020.