Swinging times in Manhattan Beach

Italian Roberta Calvi returns a smash during the 2015 Open Singles championship match.  Photo

Italian Roberta Calvi returns a smash during the 2015 Open Singles championship match. Photo

The Manhattan Beach Open Tennis tournament celebrates its 49th year with competition in open and amateur divisions being held at three locations.

Run by the City of Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Department, the tournament is open to players ages 16 and over and will be played at Live Oak Park and the Mira Costa High School tennis courts July 7-9. The finals will be held July 10 at Manhattan Country Club.

Expected to return to defend their title are Jayson Amos (Men’s Open Singles), Garrett Auproux (Men’s Open Doubles) and Ana Lorena Belmar-Osuna (Women’s Open Singles).

“We have had some great players come through the Manhattan Beach Open Tennis Tournament over the years,” said Recreation Supervisor Michael Hudak. “We hope to bring back some of our past winners including 2012 winners Olympian Vishnu Vardhan (Men’s Open Singles) and Zsuzsanna Fodor (Women’s Open Singles).”  

Prize money has been increased by more than 150 percent for what is expected to be one of the most competitive tournaments to date. The single elimination tournament offers prizes and trophies to all division winners. All entries include lunch, T-shirt and goodie bag.

“It is more than just about the money and competition for us,” Hudak said. “The Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Department believes that “Parks Make Life Better” and this tournament showcases that belief, exemplifying our mission to make lives and communities better by providing activities that facilitate special connections, human development, therapy, and lifelong learning in facilities for self-directed and organized recreation.”

Open Division fees are $158 (singles) and $110 (doubles); amateur division $40 and $60. Deadline to register is June 17 at 5 p.m. For more information or to register, visit citymb.info or call (310) 802-5000.

Written by: Randy Angel

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