Steamboat Springs A year without the popular city championships had Steamboat Springs' best junior and adult tennis players thirsting to return to the courts.
The Steamboat City Singles and Doubles Championships were canceled last year while the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs underwent an extensive renovation.
Now the event is back, much to the excitement of Tennis Center Director Jim Swiggart.
Swiggart said 85 players are taking part in this year's championships, which began Friday afternoon and ends with Sunday's finals matches.
"It's a really good representation of the best players in town," Swiggart said, encouraging fans to watch the action that is taking place on the center's six new cushioned, indoor hard courts.
The tournament matches up local men's and women's singles and doubles players using National Tennis Rating Program skill levels ranging from 3.0 to 4.5.
"The city championships are unique because it gives juniors a chance to test their skills against adults," Swiggart said.
Swiggart noted that many of the boys from the Steamboat Springs High School tennis team will use the championships to cap off their seasons while the girls' team will take the match opportunities to prepare for their upcoming spring season.
Today's matches run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The finals begin at 8:30 a.m. Sunday and will be finished by 2 p.m.