Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Who has played in the most leagues? - Interesting Tennis League Stats

It is July and in some sections of the country, the 18 & over and 40 & over leagues are done while in others they are mid-season.  In any case, league play is far enough along that we can start to take a look at some interesting tennis league statistics.

No, I'm not able to track the rally hit point for USTA League players, I just thought it was a cool graphic.  But one stat that is always fun to look at is who is able to play in the most leagues.  Now, this is really a function of playing opportunities so it actually tells us something about where those are.

So, taking a look across the 18 & over, 40 & over, and 55 & over leagues, I found a female player that has played in a whopping 16 different 2015 leagues.  The hail from the Chicago area and have taken advantage of playing in both Chicago and Northern Illinois districts, and in each have played in a variety of early start, summer, winter, 18+, 40+, 55+ leagues and when you put all the combinations together arrive at 16.

But close behind are two other females with 15 leagues played in that also hail from the Chicago area.  Alabama, Georgia, and Maryland appear in the list with players with 13 leagues played in.

For the men, I came across a player, also in Chicago, with 13 leagues played in.  And yes, Chicago holds down most of the next spots with 12 and 11 leagues played in.  Georgia has a player with 11 also and Alabama one with 10.

So it appears Chicago provides many opportunities to play USTA League.  I was a bit surprised, I'd expected to see more players from Maryland/Virginia/D.C. show up given how easy it is for players there to play in multiple areas, but it looks like Chicago has a plethora of different seasons to choose from that adds up.

How many leagues have you been able to play in?