Youth tennis championship scheduled for weekend


— The best of the state's best youth tennis players are starting make the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs a bit of home away from home.

On Saturday and Sunday, the 12 and under Team Colorado squad - a Colorado Tennis Association elite junior development team - held its season ending workout at the center for the first time in place of a typical out-of-state tournament.

"Many kids play in Jim's (Swiggart) Memorial Day 12 and Under Circuit, so being here a week earlier will help give them a chance to excel in that event," Team Colorado director of player development Jason Colter said.

The "circuit" is the 2007 Intermountain 12 & Under Memorial Day Championship, which runs from 8:30 a.m. Saturday into the Monday championships. The "compass draw" format tournament will pit the 26 girls and 32 boys that are the top 12 and under players in the six-state, United State Tennis Association Intermountain region.

"The compass draw's a unique format in that, regardless of winning and losing, it allows everyone to play through the weekend," said Tennis Center director Jim Swiggart.

Swiggart's son Jamey is one of the Team Colorado athletes who will be right at home and has a legitimate shot - as the No. 3 seed - at an age division sectional title.

This weekend will mark Jamey Swiggart's fifth year playing in the tournament, where he took third place last year. Steamboat's Callum Richman will also be playing in the tournament.

Although singles and doubles competition runs through the weekend, Jim Swiggart said that, depending on weather, courts will still be available for the public.

- To reach Dave Shively, call 871-4253

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