March 30, 2016

Atkins Tennis Center to host mixed-doubles tourney

One of the things the makes Champaign-Urbana a great place to live and play is its large, active tennis community. Brandon Lenfert, head tennis pro from the Atkins Tennis Center, announced a new tournament for competitive players in the area.

Atkins, home of the Fighting Illini tennis program, will host their first annual Fighting Illini Fast 5 mixed doubles tourney on Saturday, April 9th.

The tournament is a mixed doubles only event set in a 4-hour compass draw format. At the end of each round, the winners continue in their tournament in the same direction, while the losers change directions. There are no eliminations. Each doubles pair continues to play until the time limit has been reached.

Compass draws provide a great way for players to face opposing teams and players of different abilities and styles. All duos will play a best of 5 game set. Games are tallied with no-ad scoring and pairs must win by two games. Ties will be broken with a 9-point tiebreaker(first to 5 points) at 5-5.

The competition will begin at 4pm with match snacks and Gatorade will be provided for players through out the one day event. Entry fee is $40.00 per doubles pair and interested players can register in person or call the Atkins Tennis Center at 217-244-8562 to reserve their spot in the draw.

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