Georgia state tennis tournament comes to Augusta

The Augusta area is about to get served with an influx of tennis players.


The U.S. Tennis Association's Georgia Adult League Tennis State Championships will be played across the area today through Monday.

Richard Hatfield, the tennis program supervisor with the Augusta Recreation, Parks and Facilities Department, says that about 900 players are expected to participate.

This is the sixth year Augusta has held the tennis championships. The city also will play host to a Mixed Doubles League State Championship in August. Both championships have proved to have a significant economic impact on the area.

"This championship and the one in August, when you put everything together, we're well over $2.5 million every year," Hatfield said.

The USTA employs a ranking system that groups players according to ability, and the championships being held this weekend will be for men and women on the 2.5 and 3.5 levels.

"It helps to level players so that they are all playing close to one another's ability," Hatfield said.

Throughout May, about 3,000 players will compete in the championships in cities across Georgia. Rome and Macon are also playing host to tournaments this month.

Augusta's matches will run from about 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, and will be held at six locations: Newman Tennis Center, Fleming Tennis Center, Diamond Lakes Tennis Center, the Club at Rae's Creek, Petersburg Racquet Club and Riverview Park.

All matches are open to the public and free for spectators.

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