MARBLE FALLS — When the 3rd annual Andy Roddick Foundation Junior and Adult Open Tennis Classic hits the courts June 17-19 at the Marble Falls High School facility, it’s added a major upgrade.
“We’re a (United States Tennis Association)-sanctioned tournament this year,” tournament organizer Dave Holder said. “This is a tremendous step for the tournament.”
With UTSA sanctioning competitors now can earn ranking points for both their national and Texas standings.
“For tennis players, this means a lot because now they can earn points at this tournament to their standings,” Holder said. “And it definitely helps attract more competitors.”
About 133 people have registered for the junior and adult open tournament with some coming from as far away as Venezuela. There’s also a strong mix of people from across Texas as well as several other states, Holder said.
“We have several from the nationals in College Station coming right from that tournament to ours,” Holder said.
Local tennis players also are competing.
“We have a good group of local juniors entered as well as several adults,” Holder said.
Those local junior entries include Owen Carpenter of Burnet, Mattie Cryer of Marble Falls, Hannah Dockery of Marble Falls, Madison Dyer of Meadowlakes, Henry Ross of Horseshoe Bay, Luke Hering of Marble Falls, Michael Holder of Horseshoe Bay, Keenan Lewis of Marble Falls, AnneClaire McCannon of Meadowlakes and Keagan Washington of Marble Falls.
Local adult entries include Jeff Charlton of Horseshoe Bay, Michael Crouse of Marble Falls, Zane Freeman of Burnet, Judy Granger of Horseshoe Bay, Charli Kilpatrick of Marble Falls, Scott Kilpatrick of Marble Falls, Winfred Schnars of Horseshoe Bay and William Wines of Horseshoe Bay.
The tournament starts at 7 p.m. June 17 at the high school’s tennis courts, 2101 Mustang Drive. (Take RR 1431 past Mustang Drive to Manzano Mile and travel north about a mile to the court parking lots.) The juniors start at 8 a.m. June 18 at the tennis courts.
Admission is free for spectators.
“This is going to be some really competitive tennis,” Holder said. “Expect to see some solid matches. We have two players ranked in the top 10 in the U.S. competing. We really want people to come out and watch. It’s going to be some extremely exciting tennis.”
The tournament is named after professional tennis athlete Andy Roddick. It helps raise money for the Andy Roddick International Tennis Tennis Center in Granite Shoals.