Recreational sports — The Newberg Open Tennis Tournament returns to George Fox University and Jaquith Park Aug. 17 and 18 for third time

For the third consecutive summer, area tennis players will take to the tennis courts at George Fox University and Jaquith Park for the Newberg Open Tennis Tournament, playing for fun and bragging rights before football, soccer, volleyball and cross country steal the sports spotlight this fall.

The tournament will run Aug. 17 and 18 and, according to Newberg High School boys tennis coach and tournament co-director Dave Brown, should not only be well worth the participants’ time, but spectators’ as well.

“We should have an outstanding open draw,” Brown said. “We’re going to push it to Linfield and Pacific as well, so there’ll be some pretty good tennis for people to watch.”

Many of GFU men’s tennis head coach and co-tournament director Neal Ninteman’s top players will battle for the city title, but also get a head start on jockeying for position on this year’s team.

The Bruins have made a meteoric rise in the Northwest Conference in Ninteman’s four-year tenure, finishing second to league powerhouse Whitman each of the last two seasons. The Bruins finished a program-best 11-1 in the conference, set a school record with 14 wins overall and placed Justin McClain and Chris Lilley on the All-NWC First Team last year.

We’re going to push it to Linfield and Pacific as well, so there’ll be some pretty good tennis for people to watch.

tournament co-director Dave Brown

Brown’s Tigers went undefeated in Pacific Conference play the last two seasons and won the district title both times, but after many of those players graduated, Newberg will be looking for players to step up and fill their shoes.

In addition to the various men’s, women’s and youth divisions in singles and doubles, Brown is hoping to attract enough players to run two high school brackets, one for varsity and one for junior varsity.

“I’m pushing all my kids to get into the tournament because we have a lot of rebuilding to do on our part,” Brown said. “There are definitely some jobs opening up.”

Action will get under way at 10 a.m. on both days, with a silent auction at Jaquith on Aug. 17.

Cost to play is $20 for singles and $30 per team for doubles and registration ends on Monday. To register, call 503-537-2909 or visit, where draws will also be posted by 7 p.m. Aug. 14.

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