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Team Eastern Wins Church Cup

June 22, 2013 09:42 PM
Congratulations to Team Eastern, which won the Church Cup earlier this week. The victory was especially sweet as this was only the third time Team Eastern has won the Cup in the last 25 years of play.

 Church Cup matches were played on the grass courts at the Huntington Crescent Club. In the finals, Team Eastern beat Team New England with victories by Josh Silverstein (at 17, the competition’s youngest player, Josh Levine, Eric Rubin and Andrew Yaraghi, all from Long Island. One key accomplishment was that this event marked Josh Silverstein’s first time competing in a men's open. He played 1st doubles and 3rd singles and beat a player with ATP points. Team Eastern is coached by Jason Pasion.

The Church Cup was donated by George Myers Church in 1918 for competition between men’s teams representing Boston, New York and Philadelphia, and it continued in that format until 1932. The competition was not held between 1933 and 1945. In 1946, the competing teams represented three USTA sectional associations: USTA Eastern, USTA Middle States and USTA New England. In 1947, what is now called the USTA Mid-Atlantic Section was admitted to the competition.