Tennis, anyone?

Senior meet this weekend


The top senior tennis players in the region will come to Steamboat Springs this weekend for the Intermountain Tennis Association's senior sectionals.

"It's fun to see all these players coming back to Steamboat Springs each summer," said Jim Swiggart, director of The Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.

The Tennis Center has hosted the tournament nine times in the event's 15-year history. This year marks the sixth year in a row Steamboat has played host.

"This tournament includes most of the top players in a six-state region," Swiggart said. "There are a lot of talented players at this one, and it's a great test for all the players entered."

Many of those players call Steamboat home.

Swiggart, who is ranked No. 1 in the ITA for players 55 and older, will be in the field.

He has won a singles or doubles title in the tournament every year that it's been held in Steamboat.

Other local players taking the court this weekend include Ed Mooney in the men's 45 singles division, Jim McVeigh in the men's 55 singles division, and Roger Ross and Fred Reynolds in the men's 65 singles division.

Catherine Finch will play in the women's 45 singles division. Evlyn Berge and Jean Wolf will play in the women's 55 singles division.

Steamboat also will have several teams in the doubles divisions.

Locals Peter Patten and David Schuller are slated to play in the 50 doubles, and Don Lathrop and Jeff Wolf will play in the 55 doubles.

Finch and Jean Wolf will team up in the women's 45 doubles, Ann Bradley and Cathi Skytta will play in the 55 doubles, and Skytta will join Ann Bradley in the women's 60 doubles. JoAnn Lathrop and Jan McGinnis also will play in the 60 doubles.

Several local players also will team up with players from outside of Steamboat in the doubles divisions.

Steamboat's Scott Campbell will join Centennial's Art Thomson in men's 55 doubles, and Al Skiles will join Boulder's Eric Jaeckel in men's 65 doubles.

Barb Cambell will pair with Centennial's Barb Thomson in the women's 50 doubles, and Marie Bernard will play with Morrison's Faye Swanson in the women's 55 doubles.

Swiggart is expecting 125 players to play in this year's tournament. Many of those players will compete in more than one event.

The field is slightly smaller than it has been in past years, but Swiggart said that's because he was anticipating the construction to update The Tennis Center to take place this summer, which would have limited the event to the outdoor courts.

The tournament will begin at 8 a.m. Friday with play continuing Saturday and Sunday.


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