Steamboat Springs Rick Bolin grew up ski racing.
He’d go to each event and earn points, and at the end of the year, they would announce his name and give him a trophy.
Years later, Bolin realized there wasn’t anything of the sort around the state for tennis and put together the Colorado Cup.
The inaugural event will have men’s and women’s categories for singles players in the 3.0 to 4.5 rankings.
A player’s top six results will count toward the Cup points, and at the end of the 10-tournament, yearlong season, four men’s and four women’s champions will be crowned.
“Players want two things,” Bolin said. “They want larger draws, and overwhelmingly the No. 1 thing is they want to be around people that share a dedication and passion for tennis.”
When looking at the tennis community, Bolin said Steamboat Springs was a natural fit. The Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs will host the ninth tournament.
That tournament will be the Aug. 10 to 12 Steamboat NTRP Championship.
“We took a look at the existing tournaments that had the ability to handle more people and knitted them together,” he said.
Tournaments also will be played across the Front Range, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs and Breckenridge.
For more information or to sign up, visit www.coloradocuponline.com.
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