PLEASANTON, Calif. — The Dublin Pleasanton Tennis Group, a men’s team comprised of players from across the Tri-Valley who practice in Pleasanton, has won the 2022 United States Tennis Association League Adult 40 & Over 3.0 National Championship. This is the first time a band from Northern California has won this prestigious award.
The team, led by Narayana Rao Surapaneni and Vamsi Paladugu, lost the same championship in 2021, and took the opportunity to restructure the team. After finding courts at Pleasanton Tennis Park and a group committed to training at least four times a week, the group began to win local championships.
They first won a local USTA league championship, then NorCal sections, and eventually qualified for the national championships in Arizona, a feat shared by only one percent of USTA league players.
“Our mantra in over 40 national championships was ‘one ball at a time, we win one game at a time, we win the game and the game,'” Surapeaneni told Patch. They jumped from sixth on day one and progressed to beat undefeated teams. Finally, they beat a No. 2-ranked Seattle team 3-1.
“This is a very huge, proud, very rare moment and the first of its kind for all of NorCal, Tri-Valley and especially for residents and sports fans in Pleasanton, Dublin and San Ramon,” a- he said in a statement. “Our journey to the Championship, from misfits a year ago to winning it all this year, is a true inspiration to many players in the league.”