GODFREY — The 33rd edition of the annual Bud Simpson Open is under way at Alton High School and Lewis and Clark Community College.
Play began Friday in the men's open and men's open doubles flights at AHS and LCCC. Altogether there are seven flights including: men's open singles and doubles, men's 35 singles, men's 45 singles, women's open singles and doubles and mixed doubles. All of the remaining flights begin play today at LCCC.
Tentatively, the men's open doubles finals are set for 8 a.m. on Sunday with the men's open singles title tilt on the docket for 10 a.m.
If rain showers continue play will be moved indoors at Principia College with a shortened scoring format. The scoring format is the best two out of three sets with a 10-point tiebreaker in lieu of a third set.
Brian Page of the University of Illinois is the top seed in the men's open singles division, while he and teammate Julian Childers, also a U of I player, enjoy the top seed in the men's open doubles division. Childers won the men's open single championship last season.
The winner of the men's open and the men's open doubles divisions earn wild cards into the Godfrey Pro Classic, a USTA Futures event scheduled at LCCC from July 18-26.
The Bud Simpson Open is put on by the Alton Parks and Recreation Department in conjunction with the Simpson Memorial Tennis Program. Proceeds from the tournament will be used to sponsor the Alton Parks and Recreation Junior Tennis Program and for court repairs at the Simpson Tennis Center at Gordon Moore Park.
To find full brackets, a list of competitors and times for the Bud Simpson Open visit www.simpsontennis.org.