Getting ready for the new season, even if you have played all summer, is not just a matter of getting ready mentally and physically, but also should include double-checking your equipment. Check the racquet for hairline cracks, replace strings, as many times per year as the number of times you play per week, and don’t forget the grip. Do not skimp on the grip by applying a double overwrap instead of a replacement grip. Your comfort and potential injuries are all involved; think tennis elbow. Shoes, for those of you that play on hard courts, check the soles. Generally speaking, you don’t get more than six months of use out of a pair. Soft court players; a lot of times the soles look fine as well as the rest of the shoe, but still, after six months the cushioning will be gone and that may be the most important part of the shoe. To prevent knee, hip, back and feet problems make sure you have well-cushioned shoes. Sunglasses; a lot of players don’t believe in them, but some research articles claim that using sunglasses can limit the premature forming of cataracts. Clothing; moisture wicking shirts, shorts, skirts and socks (cushioned) are a good choice. Refill your tennis bag with sweatbands, sunscreen (at least factor 30), tape, aspirin, water bottle.

Happy to see that two leagues have managed to add teams. Well done ladies. Hey guys, maybe for a change you could ask the ladies for directions in how to set up a league! It would be nice to see some more men organized and on the courts.

Nature Coast 3.0 Ladies League

The 2019-20 season will start on Monday Oct. 7, last scheduled match is on March 16 and if needed, rain dates are March 23 and 30. The league welcomes a new team this season; Citrus Hills with captain Janet Stiteler. The other five teams are Sugarmill Rockets, Lucille Lareau captain; Skyview Wonders, Ann Marie Simonelli captain; Skyview Blues, Jackie Lakenan-Pace captain; LeGrone MsHits, captain Kathy Wright; Riverhaven Double Trouble, captain Nancy Bruins.

The final 2018-19 standings were as follows; Champions with 57 points are the Skyview Wonders, followed by the Le Grone MsHits with 39; Sugarmill Rockets, 37; Skyview Blues, 33; Riverhaven Double Trouble, 20.

The league is for players 55 years and over with a rating of up to 3.0. Every match will consist of two sets, in case of a tie the match will be decided by a 10-point Coman tie-break. Each set won means a point for the team. There is a universal sub list which means that players on this list can sub for any given team. If you are interested in playing or subbing in this league, please contact the new chairperson for the 2019/2020 season Nancy Bruins at rp41me@gmail.com or call 352-628-4370.

Citrus Area Senior Ladies 3.0-3.5 Tuesday League

Fantastic! Two new teams for this league’s 2019-20 season, the Skyview Fiddles captained by Ann Marie Simonelli and Whispering Pines Park captained by Noreen Vincente. The other six teams are Meadowcrest Racquettes, Bridget Brothers captain; Pine Ridge Poachers, Mary King captain; River Haven Ospreys, Myrt Thomas captain; Sugarmill Match Makers, Leslie Sherry captain; Sugarmill Sweet Spots, Laura Rustin captain; Tennis Alley Gators, Tana Hubbard captain.

The new season will start on Tuesday Oct. 15 and ends with a banquet on April 21, 2020.

Players and fans please remember that the home matches of the Skyview Fiddles team start at 2:15 p.m. instead of 10 a.m.

Final standings 2018-19 season: Champion Sugarmill Sweet Spots had 68 points; Tennis Alley Gators, 56; Meadowcrest Racquettes, 47; Sugarmill Match Makers, 45; Riverhaven Ospreys, 32; Pine Ridge Poachers, 21.

Just a reminder that you need only four players to form a team for this league. With all the ladies we have playing tennis in Citrus County, it should be possible to add a couple of teams to this league.

To play in this league, a player must be at least 50 years of age or better, with a 3.0 to 3.5 rating. The league is always looking for players to sub for teams. If you are interested in subbing, please contact chairperson Marian Wood at marianwood19@gmail.com.

Thursday Morning Citrus Area Doubles League

The 2019-20 season will start on Thursday Oct. 17 and will end with a luncheon on April 30, 2020. The league will consist of the following six teams: Bicentennial Babes with captain Sally deMontfort; Pine Ridge Fillies with captain Maureen Caruso and co-captain Karen Cushing; Sky Hi with captain Michelle Tripp and co-captain Terri DeMartino; Sky Advantage with captain Margie McLellan and co-captain April Manley; Sugarmill Woods with captain Carla Chitwood and co-captain Cory Jensen; Tennis Bratz with captain Peggy Gregg.

The final standings for the 2018-19 season were as follows: Champion Ski Hi with 115 points, followed by Skyview Advantage with 108; Bicentennial Babes, 93; Tennis Bratz, 87; Sugarmill Oakies, 75; Pine Ridge Fillies, 71.

Players must be at least 25 years old and have a 3.0-4.0 rating to play in this league. The Tennis Bratz take over the chair for the 2019-20 season with Lisa Dickinson as chairperson and Nancy Hotchkiss as the scorekeeper. For information about the league and/or to sign up as a sub you can contact Lisa at 352-346-7175 or dickinson127@gmail.com. For score reporting contact Nancy Hotchkiss at nancyhotchkiss@outlook.com.

USTA Leagues

6.5 Adult Women Combo 50+: Skyview lost to Fort King, 3-0. Record 0-1.

7.5 Adult Women Combo 50+: Skyview def. The Villages, 3-0. Record 1-2. Laura Flanagan/Linda Homa won, 6-1, 3-6, 1-0; April Manley/Tana Hubbard won, 6-4, 7-6; Linda Lademann/Kim Arcobello won, 6-4, 6-4.

8.5 Adult Women Combo 50+: Skyview def. CCO, 2-1. Record 1-1. Susan Garrick/Marti Little won, 6-2, 6-1; Sara Bounds/Pam Payne lost, 6-2, 6-2; #3 walkover.

3.5 Adult Women 55+: The Skyview champions team was captained by Linda Homa and consisted of the following players; Kathryn Fitzgibbons, Carmen Rosengarten, Lynne Finman, Doris Pritt, Tana Hubbard, Henny David, Kim Arcobello, Bonnie Harwin and Josephine Perrone.

4.0 Adult Men 55+: Sugarmill Woods champions team captained by Rick Scholl and consisting of the following players; Mike Brown, Dominick Testi, Glenn Sikorcin, Craig Tammen, Jim Lavoie, David deMontfort, Shea Monroe, Greg Morrissey, Eric van den Hoogen.

7.0 Adult Women 65+: The Skyview champion team is captained by Marcia Thuermer and consists of the following players: Lynne Finman, Michelle Tripp, Nancy Ferguson, Maria Williamson, Ann Finnin, Linda Homa, Doris Pritt, Kathy Fitzgibbons, Chris Jarzyna, Linda Johnson, Gerianne Foster, Pat Bergerson and Margie McLellan.

If you have any questions or for information in our District 4 (south) call or e-mail Leigh Chak at chak@ustaflorida.com or www.ustaflorida.com/Leighchak or call 352-572-7157.

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