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FSU Tennis Teams Donate Time To Local USTA Tallahassee Tennis Challenger

April 4, 2006


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The Florida State men and women’s tennis teams donated several hours during the last couple days to the 2006 USTA Tallahassee Tennis Challenger. The tournament is a men’s professional Challenger series event presented by the Florida Lottery. This tournament benefits the D. Mark Vogter, M.D. Memorial Endowment for the Neuro-Intensive Care Unit at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare.


The USTA Tallahassee Tennis Challenger is ran by Florida State tennis booster, Karen Vogter. Selected members of the FSU men’s tennis team taught children from the local Boys & Girls Club of America tennis skills Monday afternoon.


“I am from Tallahassee,” freshman Andrew Bailey said, “so anytime I can give back to my community it means a lot. The children came out enthusiastic yesterday and looking to learn a bit of tennis from us. We had fun interacting the children and this is something I hope we continue to be a part of in the future.”


The FSU women’s tennis player and coaches also spent several hours Sunday preparing for the USTA Tallahassee Tennis Challenger. The team participated in various events along with tournament organizers.


“This is a very special event that is dear to my heart,” FSU head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “Karen is a wonderful person and very involved with FSU tennis. This tournament is something I strongly support and I really encourage the community to come out and support the event.”


 


 


USTA Tallahassee Tennis Challenger
Tallahassee, FL
April 1-8, 2006
$50,000 Total Prize Money


What
USTA Tallahassee Tennis Challenger is a men’s professional Challenger series event presented by the Florida Lottery. This tournament benefits the D. Mark Vogter, M.D. Memorial Endowment for the Neuro-Intensive Care Unit at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare.

When
Saturday, April 1 through Saturday, April 8, 2005. Finals will be at 12:00 noon.
Qualifier: April 1-2, 2006
Main Draw: Monday, April 3 through Saturday, April 8, 2006.
There will be 2 feature matches every evening from April 3-7 beginning after 5:30 pm on Center Court.

Where
The tournament will take place at the City of Tallahassee‘s Forestmeadows Tennis Complex. 4750 North Meridian Road, Tallahassee, FL 32312 850-891-3920

How
The Singles and Doubles Qualifier tournament will begin Saturday, April 1 and conclude Sunday, April 2. The main draw will begin on Monday, April 4 and will include a 32-player singles draw and a 16-player doubles draw. The final for both the singles and doubles will be on Saturday, April 8, 2005. Players from all over the world, including several former top 50 players and some of the top doubles players in the world will play in the tournament.

Why
The Tallahassee Tennis Challenger provides:

1. The opportunity to improve health care in the community by contributing to the endowment.

2. The opportunity to expose many community groups to the sport of tennis through community outreach programs for Special Olympics, Boy & Girl Scouts, First Serve, etc.

3. The opportunity to see world class tennis in the only professional tennis event in Tallahassee featuring players ranked in the 100-200s in the world.

4. The sole event for local children to participate as “ball kids” in a professional tennis event.

5. The opportunity for Tallahassee to showcase the community and to house professional players and umpires during the event.

Parking
Free parking is available at Forestmeadows Tennis Complex. Look for signs on Meridian Road directing you to the lots.

Tickets

A donation of $5 for General Admission is requested for April 3-5, and a donation of $10 for General Admission is requested for April 6-8. A Tournament Pass can be purchased for a $30.00 donation.

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