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Immediate Release

April 15, 2019

Junior tennis superstars of all ages shine in USTA league play! The Durham-Orange Community Tennis Association (DOCTA) won the United States Tennis Association (USTA)/North Carolina bid for the USTA Junior Team Tennis (JTT) League for the Eno Area for 2019.  Kicking off its season on April 6, 2019, DOCTA has 48 teams with over 315 players participating in ages 8 to 18 and Under (U) team tennis.  LeeAnn Rose, Junior Team Tennis Coordinator says she is excited about this year’s participation from local private tennis clubs in Durham and Orange Counties; and tennis volunteers serving as captains for public court teams at the grassroots level. To view the team schedules, click the link https://tennislink.usta.com/TeamTennis/Main/ProgramHomePage.aspx?i=52502.

The mission of DOCTA is to promote and encourage diverse and inclusive tennis participation, programming and leadership involvement in Durham and Orange counties. In October 2018, DOCTA celebrated its 20-Year Anniversary.  Board chair, John McLean stated that DOCTA is committed to supporting the growth of tennis in Durham and Orange Counties for youth and adults.  With a big focus on Try Tennis for youth and adults, junior team tennis leagues, indoor and outdoor clinics, L5 and L6 tournaments and other special events, the DOCTA Board of Directors strategic plan is well underway. To learn more about DOCTA, visit the website at www.docta.org.

On Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 10 am, DOCTA will spotlight the 18 and under intermediate USTA Junior Tennis Teams Double Header Competition at Hillside High School, 3727 Fayetteville Road, Durham.  Participating teams include the Chapel Hill Tennis Club (CHTC) 18U; Croasdaile Country Club Crushers; DOCTA Sonic Smashers, Durham Chargers, Farm 18U (UNC Facility and Staff Recreation Association), Hollow Rock (HR) Country Club Ball Hawkes, Hope Valley Country Club Hurricanes and the Big Shots. DOCTA wants to spotlight 18U tennis to the community and encourage other middle and high school students to join their school teams; as well as encouraging all the 8 to 18U participants to continue playing tennis. Further, we want parents to engage in tennis and share the love of tennis with their child/ren.

With research showing that tennis prolongs life expectancy by 9.7 years more than any other sport, this is the prime time to learn the game.  To view the research, click the link: https://www.docta.org/tennis-prolongs-life-video. DOCTA is offering lots of opportunities for those interested in playing tennis to pick up a racket and join in the mix.  Tennis anyone!


Anna Mercer-McLean

DOCTA Board Secretary

USTA/NC Area 4 Director

Email: amercermclean@gmail.com

Telephone: 919-619-9187