The Newberg Open Tennis Tournament returns August 16 and 17

The registration deadline for the 2014 Newberg Open Tennis tournament, which will return to Jaquith Park and Newberg High School Aug. 16-17, looms on Monday, but tournament co-director Dave Brown isn’t worried.

“We’ve done well, but our signups come late,” Brown said. “It’s not a USTA event, so the deadlines aren’t as far ahead as they are for big tournaments. Local tournaments kind of have to do that.”

Photo Credit: FILE PHOTO - Return this -- Dany Snyder serves up some heat in a tournament contest from a few years ago.Brown is confident that the tournament will once again feature a stellar men’s open field because of the continued participation of the George Fox University men’s tennis team. Head coach Neal Ninteman is one of the tournament’s co-directors and the last few editions have featured several bruins in both the singles and doubles fields.

“Anybody that thinks they’re a 4.0 or a 4.5, they can come here and get some really good tennis,” Brown said. “That’s the bottom line. There are people out there who don’t think much of smaller tournaments, but with the George Fox connection, they can come here and get some high-end USTA levels. They can get some 5.0 and 5.5 caliber talent. There are some really good players.”

Brown is also working to establish a strong field of high school players, not only from Newberg, but from surrounding schools as well.

The tournament will feature varsity, junior varsity and youth draws for both boys and girls in addition to the 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, and 4.5 divisions for men and women. Men’s, women’s and mixed doubles will also be offered.

Cost is just $20 for singles entries and $30 per team for doubles.

All proceeds from the tournament will benefit Chehalem Park and Recreation District scholarships and the NHS boys tennis team.

The tournament is one of a few fundraisers for the Tigers, who pretty much have to purchase their own equipment and jerseys, as well as pay for court improvements and decorations, like the plaques that honor state qualifiers.

“It’s one that helps a lot,” Brown said. “We made $600 and that’s really big for us.”

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