The 33rd Annual Bud Simpson Open Tennis Tournament will be conducted at Lewis and Clark Community College on June 26-28.
Over $1,500 in prize money is being awarded to the Men’s and Women’s Open singles and doubles divisions. As in previous years, some of the area’s top talent is expected to compete. In addition, the Men’s Open singles finalist and the Men’s Open doubles winners will receive wild cards into the main draw of the Godfrey Pro Classic tournament scheduled for July. It's a USTA Futures event.
There will also be 35s, 45s and 55s age divisions as well as mixed doubles. Players span all ages and skill levels ranging from high school stars to Division I players and local coaches. A free lunch for the players is provided on Saturday by Jim Claywell Edward Jones and free T-shirts are provided by Fast Eddies.
Some of the early rounds of tennis will be played on Friday at Alton High School. The remaining play will take place at the Andy Simpson Tennis Complex and Lewis and Clark Community College, which has covered seating, water, and restrooms for both players and spectators.
The tournament 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 needed at the Simpson Tennis Center at Gordon Moore Park.
For additional information concerning the tennis program and those interested in signing up for the tournament, visit the USTA TennisLink Web www.simpson tennis.org/tournament or contact tournament director Chris Logan 798-1818. The entry deadline is June 22 at midnight.