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Alabama Governor Bob Riley Declares Tennis Week in Alabama

March 9, 2006 11:54 AM

Governor Bob Riley has proclaimed March 15 through March 19, 2006 as Tennis Week in the state of Alabama. The hope of Tennis Week is to urge all tennis enthusiasts to attend and enjoy the Blue Gray National Collegiate Tennis Classic in Montgomery and to promote active participation in tennis as often as possible, for better physical fitness and good health.

For nearly 60 years, the Blue Gray National Collegiate Tennis Classic has drawn the top collegiate programs to the annual spring event. Based on the quality programs and players that participate in the event, college coaches from all over the country consider the tournament to be one of the top tennis events in the country.

This year’s event is no different as some of the top programs have confirmed participation in the classic. The field contains many notable programs from the USTA Southern Section including University of Alabama, Furman University, Middle Tennessee State, University of Louisville, Mississippi State, Troy University, South Alabama, and Auburn-Montgomery.

Many former Blue Gray participants have gone on to enjoy successful professional careers. Some of the notable players to pass through Montgomery include James Blake, Mali Vai Washington, Richey Reneberg, and Murphy and Luke Jenson. In all, there have been seven Grand Slam singles finalists and over thirty Grand Slam doubles champions that can trace their careers back to Montgomery and the Blue Gray Classic.

Although the competition on the courts is intense and important, the city of Montgomery and the state of Alabama always seek to provide southern hospitality. Over the years, many tennis fans across Montgomery have opened their homes to house players throughout the tournament. Montgomery and the state of Alabama hope this year’s Tennis Week will be successful on and off the court.




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