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BMW Combo Doubles USTA Southern Section Championship Moves to Baton Rouge, LA

January 23, 2007 01:46 PM

More than 1800 tennis players are expected to take part in the USTA Southern Section BMW Doubles Championships, which is being headquartered at Lamar Tennis Center in Baton Rouge, LA. Play is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. on Friday, January 26th with final matches being played on Monday, January 29th. Baton Rouge will play host to the Championships in 2007 and 2008 and is expecting an estimated economic impact of more than $1.1 million.

The matches will be played at multiple sites in the Baton Rouge area including Lamar Tennis Center, Bocage Racquet Club, Independence Park, Greenwood Park, Highland Park, Forest Park, Sherwood Forest Country Club, and LSU Recreation Center. The competition will feature the South’s best USTA League Tennis Combo Doubles teams in 6 adult, 4 senior, and 2 super senior divisions in which 12 sectional champions will be crowned.

This year’s event has drawn the top 195 teams who have won their respective divisions at the state level in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The teams, which represent various clubs, parks, recreational departments and organizations, have advanced through local and state tournaments to secure a spot in the Sectional event.

The USTA Southern Section BMW Combo Doubles Championships will host a player’s party on Saturday, January 26th at the Old State Capitol building at 7:00 pm. All members of the Baton Rouge media are welcome to attend and will have the opportunity to interview tournament participants and directors.

USTA Southern Section BMW Combo Doubles was established to provide adult recreational tennis players throughout the section with the opportunity to compete against players of similar ability levels. Players participate on teams in a league format and have the ability to self-rate, thus creating an opportunity to play with family and friends. BMW Combo Doubles offers skill levels for adults ranging from 5.0 - 10.5 and for seniors and super seniors ranging from 6.5 - 8.5. The BMW Combo League boasts nearly 45,000 participants section wide.

The tournament is presented by the USTA Southern Section in cooperation with strong local volunteer support. BMW is the title sponsor and will be onsite hosting test drives for tournament participants. Penn is the official tournament ball of the USTA Southern Section BMW Doubles Championships. Sea Island Resorts is an Official Sponsor of the USTA Southern Section BMW Combo Doubles Championships.

Other USTA Southern Section League Championships set to be hosted in the Gulf Coast Region include the USTA Southern Section Adult and Senior Championships and the USTA Southern Section Mixed Doubles Championships. The USTA Southern Section League Championships will travel to the Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, AL. The USTA Southern Section Mixed Doubles Championships is set for New Orleans, LA. Both venues will host the events in 2007 and 2008.

For more information about the USTA Southern Section BMW Combo Doubles program, visit www.southerntennis.com. For tournament specific information please visit, www.southerncombo.com.

Founded in 1881, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in this country. In addition to owning the US Open and selecting members of the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic teams, the USTA administers a variety of programs nationwide for players of all ages and ability levels and, as a not-for-profit organization, the association invests 100% of its proceeds to promote and develop the growth of tennis. It is divided into 17 sections, of which the USTA Southern Section is the largest. The 168,000 USTA members living in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee make up the USTA Southern Section, and account for approximately 25% of the total USTA membership. A professional staff housed in Norcross, GA carries out the USTA Southern Section’s daily operations, but policy is formed and much of the organization’s work is executed via a Board and committee structure of over 200 volunteers. For more information about the types of programs and services offered by the USTA Southern Section visit www.southerntennis.com.




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