Rolling and running is the roughly translated name that is used for a new kind of tournament that is becoming more common, especially in the Netherlands where it originated. You might have guessed that this is a tennis tournament where wheelchair players participate with and against participants who can run. The wheelchair players are allowed to let the ball bounce twice, and the second bounce may be outside of the playing field. The runners just get one bounce (inside the lines).
It all started with combined doubles teams and from there it progressed to singles play, as well. If the wheelchair doubles players that we saw in Orlando are any indication, there won’t be many double bounces; there is so much power and speed involved. We talked to some of the players and we’re definitely going to try and watch, and maybe even play in one of those Rolling and Running tournaments in the summer of 2020.
Nature Coast 3.0 Ladies League
Results for November 25: Skyview Wonders def. Citrus Hills, 4-0.
Shelley Ennett/Nancy Wallace won, 6-2, 6-1; Kathy Lockhart/Bo Mashburn won, 7-5, 6-2.
LeGrone MsHits def. Riverhaven Double Trouble, 3-2.
Roslyn Errickson/Jean Vanderlay (LMH) won, 7-5, 6-3; Liza Jones/Cathy Clarke (RHDT) won, 4-6, 6-4, 10-7.
Sugarmill Rockets vs Skyview Blues, 3-3.
Judy McMahon/Sue Doherty (SVB) won, 5-7, 6-2, 10-6; Cathe Cuslip/Rosario Hafner (SMR) won, 6-1, 2-6, 10-4.
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 chairperson for the 2019/2020 season Nancy Bruins at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 352-628-4370.
Citrus Area Senior Ladies 3.0-3.5 Tuesday League
Results for November 26: No matches scheduled.
Standings: Sugarmill Match Makers, 22 points; Tennis Alley Gators, 20; Meadowcrest Racqueteers, 18; Sugarmill Sweet Spots, 13; Whispering Pines Park, 12; Pine Ridge Poachers, 6; Riverhaven Ospreys, 6; Skyview Fiddles, 6.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Thursday Morning Citrus Area Doubles League
Results for November 28: No matches scheduled.
Standings; Sky Hi has 30 points; Bicentennial Babes, 28; Skyview Advantage, 28; Sugarmill Oaks, 23; Pine Ridge Fillies, 16; Southern Hills Smashers, 16.
Players must be at least 25 years old and have a 3.0-4.0 rating to play in this league. The Southern Hill Smashers have taken over the chair for the 2019/2020 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For score reporting contact Nancy Hotchkiss at email@example.com.
For 2020 USTA winter leagues the team commitments need to be in by December for the Adult 18-39; Adult 55 and over (new combined levels, explanation follows); Adult 65 and over; Mixed 40 and over. The captains’ meeting will be on Jan. 5, time and place to be announced. Yes, the Adult 55 and over has added a new twist to the league. The combined level means in a 4.0, for instance, that you can have a 4.5 player team up with a 3.5. In other words, a one point difference is allowed between the two.