Large Prize Payout & Tennis Greats To Be Featured At Local Tennis Tournament

By Alicia Martin

On Saturday, May 3 from 1-7 p.m. the One-On-One Doubles Grand Prix Circuit Tournament, held at the Buckhorn Tennis_TANNERSprings Tennis & Swim Club located at 2721 S. Miller Rd. in Valrico, will occur. On Friday, May 2 will be the qualifying tournament from 5-7 p.m. at the same location. The winner will earn a wildcard entry in to the main event on Saturday. There will be $4,000 up for grabs in prize money. This will be the third One-On-One Doubles Grand Prix Circuit Tournament event in Florida leading up to the National One-On-One Doubles Tournament and Rockin’ Blues Event to be held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, home of the U.S. Open, on Sunday, November 9.

Tennis_FISHERFormer tennis greats will also be in attendance at the One-On-One Doubles Grand Prix Circuit Tournament including Andy Lake, winner of 31 USTA National Gold Balls and finalist of the BMW Pro One-On-One Doubles Tournament in 2007. Roscoe Tanner will also be there who holds 16 ATP Singles Titles and 13 ATP Doubles titles and was a Wimbledon Singles Finalist in 1979. Ashley Fisher who reached the semifinals of the 2006 US Open Doubles, Quarterfinals of Wimbledon and the Australian Open Doubles Tournaments as well as becoming a finalist at the 2009 Sony Ericsson Open Doubles Championship, will be attending as well. All three will be playing in the tournament.

There will also be a live concert with Steve Arvey’s Electric Blues Tennis_LAKEBand. The band is a five-piece blues band and Arvey himself is a Sarasota resident. The concert, set to begin at 3 p.m., will coincide with the tennis tournament. “It’s sure to be a rowdy, festive atmosphere,” said Ed Krass, founder of the One-On-One. “It won’t be like the usual hush hush tournaments.”

This tournament is piloted by USTA Florida and sponsored by Miller’s Alehouse in Brandon.  A portion of the event’s proceeds will go to ALS. The pro tournament starts at 1 p.m. Admission is $5 for the tournament, $7 for the concert and $10 for both. There will be barbeque, adult beverages and refreshments available for purchase. There will be a VIP Hospitality Section offered for event partners and their guests. For more information on event partnerships, call Ed Krass at 478-3384 or Greg Jones at 230-2871. For more information, visit www.oneononedoubles.com.