Piqua Openset to returnLabor weekend

Staff Reports

The Piqua City Open tennis tournament returns this Labor Day weekend following another great year last year.

Last year the tournament hosted 42 participants, nine of which were new to the tournament. Despite unusually hot weather of 90 degrees plus, 13 players participated in multiple events.

The Piqua Tennis Association was formed in 1977. Over the past 39 years several tournament directors and countless volunteers have helped to keep this tournament going. As far as we know this is the only unsanctioned tournament of its size that still exists in Ohio.

Last year’s tournament director, Bonnie Davis, is returning this year to ensure another successful tournament. Bonnie, now retired, is working very hard to foster of a love of tennis in the community. She has been involved in several programs focusing on getting youth into the sport, as well as playing on the Schroeder Tennis 4.0 Team.

With support from the City of Piqua, Piqua City Schools, Schroeder Tennis Center, Atlantis Sportswear, Tapestry Angel, Victor Kim D.D.S., and A.H. Tennis Shop. The 2016 Piqua City Open Tennis Tournament will be held over Labor Day weekend, September 3 – September 5, 2016.

The following categories will be offered to best accommodate players level: boy’s singles for ages 12, 14, 16 and 18, men’s and women’s singles and doubles with events in the open division, and 35 and over, as well as men’s 50 and over, and 62 and over. There will also be mixed doubles in the open category. The 62 and over men’s doubles will be a “Golden Buckeye Blind Draw.” Those interested in playing need not have a partner; partners will be assigned and participants will be guaranteed at least two matches.

The cost is $15 per person for each event entered. Ladies receive 1st singles entry free. The tournament will be held at the Piqua Junior High Tennis Courts, featuring newly resurfaced courts. Modern restroom facilities, air conditioned hallways, shade tents and bleachers are on site. All participants will receive a tournament t-shirt. Championship and runner-up trophies will be awarded in all categories.

Entry forms are available at Schroeder Tennis Center or may be downloaded from the City of Piqua web page at www.piquaoh.org (click on “How Do I” at the top of the home page).

All entry forms must be received no later than Monday, Aug. 29. Anyone with questions should contact (937) 524-1904.