Tennis Center event a success

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— Tennis players from across the country traveled to Steamboat Springs during the weekend to compete in the Steamboat NTRP Championships.

From 1 p.m. Thursday until Sunday's championship matches, Jim Swiggart, director of The Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs, tallied the year's largest tournament hosted by the tennis center - 220 adult players from nine states competing in their respective rating categories.

"Anybody with a USTA rating can play," Swiggart said of the United States Tennis Associa-

tion's system for determining a player's competition level with the standardized National Tennis Rating Program.

Swiggart said an increased number of entries, up from last year's 70, made for interesting play in the largest bracketed draws of 32 players in the mixed doubles 3.5 and women's 3.5 divisions.

"This is the 14th year we've hosted the tournament," Swiggart said. "It's been very successful in years past, and I attribute people coming back to the work and effort of the staff organizing and players recognizing the quality of the tournament and telling their friends to come."

Although Swiggart was pleased with the turnout of players visiting from out of town, he emphasized that much of the action in the championship matches came from the 40 players visiting from across town.

Highlighting the local talent, Bert Halberstadt and William McGinnis won the men's 3.0 doubles round robin, and Patrice Lorenzen and Emilie Rogers won the final round of the women's 4.5 doubles.

Steamboat's Bradley Miller also had a strong tournament performance, winning both the men's 4.5 singles and doubles with Ed Mooney.

Some of Swiggart's enthusiasm for what he labeled "a truly great event," could be traced to the fact that he garnered a tournament win of his own in the men's 5.0 doubles with Denver's Marshall Carpenter.

In addition to positive feedback from the growing number of participants and with stellar local play, Swiggart also pointed to Saturday night's party - one featuring a bean-bag tossing tournament that Swiggart incorporated to "add a bit of spice" - as a memorable moment of a successful tournament.

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