Tennis group hosts tourney

Championships to take place this weekend

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— The Steamboat Springs Tennis Association will mix things up this weekend when it hosts the long-running STA Mixed Doubles Championships presented by Alpine Bank

"I would say (that) about 90 percent of the players in this tournament are local," STA President Joel Toy said. The Tennis Association hosts the Mixed Doubles Championships and the Ore House Singles and Doubles Championships, scheduled Aug. 4-6.

Both tournaments will take place at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs and are fundraisers for the association.

"Our goal is to promote the sport of tennis in Northwest Colorado," Toy said.

Promoting tournaments is just one of the STA's goals. It also is the driving force behind several social events designed to bring the tennis community together and, along with the high school's Booster Club, supports the boys and girls tennis teams at Steamboat Springs High School.

Toy said this weekend's tournament is popular because it allows couples, families and friends to play together, even if those players are at different levels.

The tournament format uses the combined total of the players NTRP (National Tennis Rating Program) ranking to form the divisions, which include 7.0, 7.5, 8.0 and 8.5. This format allows a 3.0 player and a 4.5 player to combine their efforts in the 7.5 division, for example.

Jim Swiggart, director of the Tennis Center, said teams in this weekend's event will include husbands and wives, parents and children, and friends who share a love of tennis, even if they play the game at different levels. In the past, the format has made the event more social in nature, but that hasn't diminished the competition on the court.

"It's a tournament," Toy said. "I think every player steps it up a bit when they are playing in a tournament."




What: STA Mixed Doubles ChampionshipsWhere: Steamboat Springs Tennis CenterWhen: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. SundayCall: 879-8400

Sixty-four players will open play Friday at the Tennis Center. The tournament will run from 9 a.m. to about 4 p.m. Saturday.

On Saturday evening, the center will host an exhibition, and the tournament will conclude with play from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

While the tournament will utilize the indoor courts and the outdoor clay courts, Swiggart said several courts will be available for public play. The deadline has passed to enter the Mixed Doubles Championships, but players can still sign up to play in the Ore House Singles and Doubles Championships. More information is available at the Tennis Center.

To reach John F. Russell, call 871-4209 or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com.

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