Sun Lakes tennis team

From left: Paul Yanez, Tom Whittington, Team Captain Bob Walter, Kelly Curtis, David Nethercott and Daryl Barton at the USTA Nationals.

Six members of the Sun Lakes Tennis Club traveled to Orlando, Fla. in early February to represent Sun Lakes Country Club and the city of Banning in the U.S. Tennis Association’s Nationals Competition.

The 65 and older, 7.0 team (all players must be 65 or older and play at a level of 7.0) included Team Captain Bob Walter, Daryl Barton, Kelly Curtis, David Nethercott, Tom Whittington and Paul Yanez.

Competition was held at the 100-court USTA National Training Center from Feb. 7 through Feb. 9.

This was the first time in 16 years that members of the men’s tennis team has represented Sun Lakes at a national level.

There were 17 teams vying for the national title from across the United States as well as the Caribbean. The Sun Lakes team came within two tie breaks of going to the quarter-finals.

What an amazing accomplishment for the little team from Sun Lakes as they played teams with 12-14 players per team.

During the fierce tournament they played teams from Northern California, Texas, various southern States, the Caribbean and other states across the country. While they didn’t bring home the National Championship, they defeated the team from Northern California and are the California Champions. A number of the teams’ wives also traveled to Florida to cheer on their husbands during the three-day competition.

The team was proud to represent Sun Lakes Country Club, the city of Banning and Southern California in this national competition.

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