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Columbus to host tennis tourneys

Columbus to host tennis tourneys

Some of the Midwest’s best youth tennis players will be in Columbus this weekend for the USTA Midwest Open Girls 18 Championships.

The tournament will take place Saturday, Sunday and Monday at Columbus North High School and Donner Park. The 18-year-old bracket will feature 64 singles players and 32 doubles teams.

Singles play will begin at 8 a.m. each morning, with doubles matches being played mostly in the afternoons and early evenings.

Ashlie Wilson, an incoming North senior who recently committed to Purdue, is the No. 3 seed in singles. She will play doubles with the No. 1 seed in the singles bracket, Natalie Stasny of Woodridge, Illinois.

Another Columbus resident, Japneet Kaur, is entered in the Girls 14-year-old bracket.

North boys and girls tennis coach Kendal Hammel is in his 29th year as the tournament director.

“It’s gone through a lot of changes,” Hammel said. “It used to be a national tournament with 128 players in the main draw. A few years back, they changed things around as far as trying to keep things more local with the travel and everything.”

Meanwhile, North also will be hosting the Columbus City tennis tournament July 30 to Aug. 3.

The deadline to enter the men’s, women’s and mixed divisions is 1 p.m. Monday. Cost is $22 for singles and $15 per player for a doubles team. The finals will be on Aug. 3.

The deadline to enter the junior and youth divisions, which will be played entirely on July 30, is 5:59 p.m. Monday. Cost is $24 for juniors (ages 11-18) and $20 for youth (ages 10-and-under).

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