City Open adds family environment to tourney action
Normally when it comes to playing in organized tennis tournaments, it can be a very straight to business atmosphere.
The City Open tournament held this weekend at H.V. Griffin Park is a little different.
While the tournament will feature top-notch talent from throughout the mid-state, the tournament offers more of a family-friendly environment, with music and even cornhole.
The tournament is shaping up to be one of the best in recent years, according to organizer Chris King.
“Since I’ve started, this has been the smoothest preparation ever. We have nine people on the tennis board now and everyone is helping,” he said.
“We have 60 entries, which is up from 30ish from the past couple of years.”
The tournament will feature men’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s singles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles.
Not only do entrants get admission to the tournament, but tournament sponsors chip in for giveaways as well.
“It’s cost efficient. You get a t-shirt when you sign up. Pepsi and Domino’s sponsor it and you get some giveaways there,” King said.
Like many nearby tournaments, the competition is shaping up to feature some excellent matchups, according to King.
And while the City Open does have the on-court action, he says its the added family-friendly environment that makes this weekend’s tournament unique.
“Personally, I’ve played a lot of tournaments through the US Tennis Association, which are great, but you show up and it’s very business like.
“This is just fun. A lot of friends show up. You’ve got dads playing sons, brother versus brother, and it’s just a lot of family stuff too,” King said.
With the entries nearly doubling from the past few seasons, King says this weekend is shaping up to be one of the best tournaments ever from Shelbyville.
“It’s a lot of fun. It’s very laid back. Everyone is out here listening to music and playing cornhole, too.
It’s good tennis, but it’s also very a great family atmosphere,” he said.
In addition to hosting the City Open tournament, the Shelbyville Tennis Association is also holding registration for the fall league as well.
“The way to sign up is through the website, or people can text or call me and I can sign them up for the fall league,” he said.
While the fall league is still two months off, King says the excitement for the City Open has reached a fever pitch among the local tennis community.
“Our main draw is the men’s single draw. We have 14 guys in that right now from all over the mid-state. It’s going to be some good tennis.
“We’re looking forward to it. It’s going to be the most competitive tournament we’ve ever had, but we have the highest caliber of players we’ve ever had,” he said.
Play begins in the City Open this afternoon and will run throughout the day Saturday.