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SATA Winter Men's Teams

We will begin forming Winter teams for the 40s, 55s and 65s age groups. The following are the tentative plans for these age groups. 
* 40s (3.5 & 4.0) - Tuesdays and Thursdays
* 55s/65s (4.0) – 55s Saturday Mornings/65s Monday or Wednesday Mornings
* 55s/65s (3.5) – 55s Saturday Mornings/65s captains need to discuss whether a weekday can work.
Contact Robbie Briscoe at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with any questions.




Shirley Mell

We are sad to report the passing of Shirley Mell. Shirley loved playing tennis and captained many SATA teams over the years. Please keep Shirley and her family in your thoughts and prayers. for more information and services.



Savannah Quarters Tri-Level Team wins state championship

Congratulations to the Savannah Quarters Tri-Level team captained by Chris O’Malley.  We are so proud that you captured the State Championship for Savannah by being undefeated (5-0) in the 18 and over 3.0/3.5/4.0 Tri-Level League Championship.  The team’s great performance earns them the right to progress to regional competition later in the year.  Way to go ladies!!

SATA's 2015 summer tri-level league was the largest ever with 155 players. 



Summer 18 & Over Mixed League Results

Beth Occiano reports the results of SATA's Summer Mixed 18 & Over Season. 

The Champs are:

6.0 level- Ashli Kestner/Deb Swanson -Bacon Park - 'Mix Masters'
7.0- Denise Zhou - Bacon Park 
8.0 - Melissa Olszewski- Bacon Park



The following winning teams will be representing SATA & competing @ the State tournament in Augusta 8/14-17th:

6.0 Bacon Park -18 & over ( Winter) -Jenny McNamara team
6.0 Bacon Park- 18 & over (Summer) Kestner/ Swanson team

7.0 Bacon Park -Denise Zhou - 18 & over (Winter)
7.0 Wilmington Island Club-Sarah Arkins/Deden Rukmana - 18 & over (Summer)
7.0 - Wilmington Island Club -Deden Rukmana/Sarah Arkins 40 & over (Fall)
7.0 - Southbridge Racquet Club  - Romy Laygo- 40& over ( Spring)

8.0 Melissa Olszewski- 18 & over (Summer)
8.0 Southbridge Racquet Club - Ed Pearson - 40& over (Spring)
8.0 Denise Zhou - 18 & over (Summer)

Good luck to all the teams!!



SATA Seeks to Fill Board Positions

The Savannah Area Tennis Association is currently taking applications for the following board positions. 

  • Men's League Coordinator - 55 & over, 65 & over

Interested persons can apply online by completing the application HERE.  More information about these positions can be found in the SATA Bylaws, under the "Organization" menu item on this website. 



Congratulations to Christa Green's 18&Over 3.0 Team

Christa Green's 18&over 3.0 women's team turned in a great performance at the Georgia State tournament in Augusta. They came in second in their flight. 
Congratulation Ladies!

Christa Green, Margaret Cribbs, Holly Wilkerson, Ann Walsh, Kathy Ortiz, Jennifer Grayson, Nicole Purdy, Amanda Armstrong, Amanda Schwarz, Leslie McConnell, Brandyn Reagan






fireworksState Championships for 18 & over Men's & Women's

Representing SATA this year in Rome, Athens, and Augusta are
Team Shields, Team Steinhauser, Team Green, Team Hill, and Team Roberts 
Go SATA and good luck players!





Congratulations to Derek White, Leslie Shields and Karen Lucas. Derek, a senior partner with the White Law Group, has recently been elected to serve on the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Southern Board of Directors as Executive Vice President. Derek has served on Southern’s Board for several years and will help lead tennis development in the nine participating Southern states.

This past weekend Leslie Shields was elected to the USTA Georgia Board of Directors to serve on the Board as Vice President and Karen Lucas will be on the Advisory Council as the District 8 Representative. Savannah is part of District 8.

Congratulations to these SATA members who bring grass roots experience to the higher levels of the United States Tennis Association.


Time To Purchase Pass your 2015 Annual Tennis Pass

$200.09 City of Savannah Residents or $214.00 for Non-City Residents

Annual Pass includes the following:

· Court Usage @ both Daffin – 6 Clay Courts & Bacon Park – 16 hard court facilities. Reservations required, booked 1 week out. League matches presiding over new reservations.

· Covers all individual city league fees for the entire 2015 calendar year.

· Only 1 Waiver to sign & 1 payment to make for the 2015 calendar year!

· Be sure to contact & the Savannah Tennis League to inquire about joining the Savannah area leagues.

· Color coded membership cards to all members.

· All payments centralized @ the Bacon Park Complex starting Jan. 1, 2015.

For more information, please contact Bacon Park Complex @ 912-351-3850

No pro rating on fees so be sure to purchase your Annual Pass early!!


SATA receives USTA national award for CTA of the Year in Denver, CoSATA Recognized with National Award at the 2013 USTA TDW in Denver, Co.

Six members of the SATA board attended the 2013 USTA Tennis Development Workshop, held this year in Denver from Oct. 30 to Nov. 3. The workshop fees and hotel accommodatations were paid for by the USTA, as a benefit of receiving the USTA's National award for Community Tennis Association of the Year. The video shown at the top right of the website was showcased at the workshop.   You can also find out more about the national awards presented at  (Pictured are back row l to r: Leslie Shields, Angie Jenkins, JoAnn Anderson; front row l to r: Allen Harwood, Donna Bryant, Kenna Kinsey).


SATA Wins USTA National Award

US-Open-Congrats520The USTA has announced that the Savannah Area Tennis Association has beenlogo usta shield hdr selected as the Community Tennis Association ofthe Year. The group was recognized recently at the U.S. Open and will be officially honored during the annual USTA Community Tennis Development Workshop on Oct. 31-Nov. 3 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown in Denver. 

Read more from The Savannah Morning News



This regulation is in effect, starting in the 2013 Championship Year at all Georgia State Championships.  If you become a winner in our local Savannah leagues and plan to play in the state championship tournament, please plan to take enough players so that you do not find yourself in a situation where you need to default.  Because there have been so many defaults at the tournaments, Georgia, like most of the other Southern Section states, is implementing the following default penalty:

2.031, 2.131, 2.231, and 2.331: INDIVIDUAL DEFAULTS:

Any team defaulting a court for any reason will be fined $100 per court defaulted. The fine must be paid in the tournament room prior to the team's next match. If it's the team's last match of the tournament, they must pay prior to leaving. If a team does not pay the fine, a grievance will be filed against all members listed on the team information sheet, which could result in suspension from any USTA League play until the fine is paid. Any matches played during that time will be reverted to losses. The reason for this regulation is it's your team's responsibility to have players on every court at each match during a state championship. When a team defaults a line, it not only can affect the outcome of the tournament, but more importantly, it effects those players who showed up ready to play, only to find their opponents did not show.


League Coordinator's Corner

Registration now open for Winter Flex League. 

  • Registration open through 11/16.
  • Men's Singles and Women's Singles and Doubles.
  • Contact: Darin Brewster – Flex League Coordinator
  • For more information and sign-up instructions, click HERE.

The following Fall/Winter leagues are now open in progress:

  • 55&Over Men.  Minimum rosters due 10/15.  Season play starts 10/31, runs until late January, Saturday mornings.
  • 18&Over Mixed.  Minimum rosters due 10/21.  Season starts 11/01, runs until mid January, Sunday afternoons.

Need to find your league coordinator?  Click HERE for board directory.

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