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Southern Adult Tournament of the Year Award Winner

December 18, 2002 02:40 PM

Tennessee State Closed Adult Championships (even division)
Knoxville, TN

The Tennessee State Closed Adult Championships has long been considered one of the finest run adult tournaments in the state of Tennessee. Sponsored by the Greater Knoxville Tennis Association, the event was played at the Cedar Bluff Racquet Club in Knoxville. In each of its first three years the event attracted on average 245 players. The 2002 tournament was nearly as impressive, attracting 223 singles doubles and mixed players from throughout Tennessee. Play was held in even age divisions ranging from 30s all the way up to 80s. Players and spectators alike all raved about the tournament’s overall organization. The event volunteers and staff were friendly and helpful and draw and player information was always close at hand. Media exposure was fantastic as the Knoxville News Sentinel ran pre and post event news articles. Players were handled like royalty and were provided with three meals a day for a full four days and were treated to a great player party. The tournament also ran consolation divisions in both singles and doubles, something rarely done at other tournaments. “The meals and party were worth the entry fee alone,” said tournament director Howard Blum. “There were a lot of little perks for our players to enjoy, in addition to playing against some of the best players in the state.”

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