Rapid City To Host USTA National Junior Tennis Tournament

Top Quote The United States Tennis Association has selected Rapid City, S.D. to host its Segment III National Championship Tournament on Sept. 2,3 and 4, 2011. United States Tennis Tournament, Rapid City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Tennis. End Quote
  • Sioux Falls, SD (1888PressRelease) September 29, 2010 - The United States Tennis Association (USTA) has chosen Rapid City, S.D. to host its Segment III National Championship Tournament. The tournament will be held on September 2, 3 and 4, 2011. The Labor Day weekend tournament will give boys in the USTA junior division the opportunity to earn national ranking points to advance to higher levels of competition. Players will be separated into four age divisions including 12 & under, 14 & under, 16 & under and 18 & under. Each division will feature singles and doubles play.

    "This tournament will give local tennis players the opportunity to see high level junior tennis players compete," says Liz Hamburg, USTA Northern Section Junior Tennis Council Chair and Rapid City resident. "I hope that it will raise the visibility of tennis within Rapid City and encourage youth to participate in the game."

    The tournament will be the highest level of USTA competition to take place in South Dakota and will be the largest national tennis competition that has been held in Rapid City. The top 32 players in each age division, according to USTA point standings, will be accepted into the tournament allowing for a maximum of 128 players. The tournament will be played at Sioux Park Tennis Courts and the Parkview Tennis Complex, which was constructed with the support of a $25,000 USTA grant in 2009.

    "Hosting this tournament will give 128 players and their families the opportunity to explore Rapid City," says Domico Rodriguez, Sports and Events Sales Director at the Rapid City Convention & Visitors Bureau. "The tournament will have a substantial economic impact on Rapid City and open the door to the opportunity to bid for the girls national tournament in the future."

    The Rapid City CVB is a division of the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce. The CVB's mission is to market the Rapid City area as a convention and leisure destination and to promote economic growth that will enhance the area for visitors and residents.

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