|Join an ATTA Team!|
There are two popular, team-format tennis leagues in Atlanta --the United States Tennis Association (USTA) leagues and the Atlanta Lawn Tennis Association (ALTA)* leagues. ATTA is a Community Tennis Association of USTA Georgia, but ATTA is not affiliated in any way with ALTA*. We do, however, form teams of primarily gay and lesbian players to participate in the leagues offered by USTA and ALTA*. ATTA has men's, women's, and mixed teams competing in each league at all levels of skill. Our teams compete against teams representing country clubs, subdivisions, public parks, and gyms across metro Atlanta.
Advantages to being on an ATTA team include:
*You can be yourself-- gay, lesbian, or straight --while on and off the court and you'll find that acceptance, camaraderie, and team spirit are enhanced by being on a primarily gay or lesbian team.
*Many of our teams have professional coaches for practice which offers the chance of improving your tennis skills.
*Many establish life-long friendships with people they meet on their teams.
*Each ATTA team (10 or more paid members) making the City Finals will receive $100 to offset the catering/food expense for the team refreshments.
The regular season for each league is seven weeks followed by playoffs of the top teams in each division to determine City Champions. Here are a few specifics regarding the ALTA* and USTA leagues.
ALTA*: Men's and women's teams play in spring (March-April) and fall (September-October). Each team (men on Saturday morning, and women on Sunday afternoon) plays 10 players each week in 5 doubles matches against another team. Mixed doubles teams play in summer (June-August on Saturday mornings) and winter (January-March on Sunday afternoons) with the same format. League standings are based on total matches won during the season.
USTA: Men's and women's teams play in summer on Sunday afternoons (women at 12:30 and men at 4:30) and in winter on Saturdays (men at 9:00am and women at 1:00pm). Each team plays 8 players per week (2 singles matches and 3 doubles matches) against another team. Mixed doubles is played in the spring, with three matches (6 players) played on Friday evenings.
2010 ATTA Team achievements:
Congratulations to Gregg Coldiron's USTA 4.5 team for winning the Georgia State Championship on May 16, in Augusta, GA. ATTA members on this winning team includes Michael Brock, Gregg Coldiron (captain), Mark Dukes, Kenneth Felts, Michael Graham, Jon Guerrica, Geoff Hall and Josh Robinson. Good luck to you all at USTA sectionals in Birmingham, AL in July!
Krista Clarke's ALTA AA2 team won ALTA City Finals. Krista Clarke and Alison Sternfels are ATTA representatives on that team out of Sharon Lester Tennis Center/Piedmont Park. In addition, Krista Clarke played in the Georgia State Championship and won doubles #1 for her USTA 4.5 women team --- GA State Champs!
Brian McGuffey's USTA 4.0 team placed second in group I of the Georgia State Championship. ATTA members of this team includes Simon Briceno, Robert Brumfield, Gary Greene, Patrick Head, Kyle Register, Eddie Verdin and Chris Walling.
Congratulations to Dwayne Wasson's USTA Men low 3.5 team for winning the USTA city championship. Current ATTA members on their team includes Dwayne Wasson, Jason Ramirez, Richard Damaska, Seng Lou, John Andersen, Adam Helewski, Ed Sullivan, Robert Henderson, Andy Roach, Randy Baker, Terry Harness and John Bui. Please congratulate them when you see them on the court.