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Column: Time to enter Mile High Adult & Senior Open
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The time is drawing near for all competitive and slightly advanced tennis players to look hard at their calendars and reserve the time to enter the “Prescott Mile High Adult & Senior Open,” which goes from July 14 to 16.

The deadline to enter is this coming Friday, July 7, time is of the essence, so to speak.

You might wonder, what events there are, how much it cost, time involved, and where it’s held .... all the answers are below.

The Prescott Area Tennis Association puts on this event with the help of many volunteers and it’s held at the beautiful 7-court-lighted tennis facility at Yavapai College — the money made after expenses goes to benefit tennis activities in the community, for schools, juniors and adults as well as public facility needs.

This particular tournament is a USTA sanctioned, level 2, open event by age category.  Which means you’ll be playing against players within your age level, but not by ability levels...so you can expect many to be pretty dog-gone decent — which is fun because you get to see how you size up.

You need to be a USTA member, and with each round played you’ll get ranking points which show a running tally of where you’re ranked in singles or doubles within your age group after each tournament played and then a year-end ranking which may or may not interest you.

The different events you can enter are singles, doubles or mixed doubles within your age level or if you’re feeling lucky you can play in lower age category. 

Events begin with an open division in singles, doubles and mixed and then it’s in increments of 5-year levels beginning at the age of 30 and going through a 90-year old level, if indeed there are enough entries in each to hold that division. 

As always some age groups are combined to make events viable.

The cost to enter singles is $52.10 and doubles $34 per person. You are guaranteed at least two rounds of play (first round consolation) a players dinner/luncheon Saturday and prizes are awarded to the finalists.

Depending on the number of entries in each division you need to be available to play a match for each round in most cases each day, and if you’re in more than one event, you may have to play more than one match each day. 

Each match consists of 2 out of 3 sets — the third set being a 10-point tie-break.

So simplified, go to pataonline.org and hit the link to the Prescott Mile High Adult & senior Open tournament link.

You’ll see the tournament information come up and it shows a button that says — REGISTER.

You’ll need a USTA number (which you can get after you hit the register tab) to enter, and a credit card to pay your fee’s online for the events you decide to enter.

The draw (days and times for each match) will be posted the Tuesday before the tournament begins.

If you get confused or need help, call or email Dave Hibbs the tournament director, 406-871-0377 or Email: onehibbee@hotmail.com.

This is the premier tennis tournament of the year for the City of Prescott and lots of folks will be coming from out of town to get out of the heat of Phoenix and Tucson, visit our very neat sites and enjoy the keen competition.  

Hopefully many of you locals will also join in and test the waters, and those of you who don’t, please come by and check out all the very fine players in each age level — see who the best players are in the Southwest and size yourself up.

Chris Howard is a local USPTA Tennis Professional with more than 40 years in the racquet and fitness industry.  He can be reached at 928-642-6775 or choward4541@gmail.com.

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