February 7, 2017

Dodds 14th Annual Indoor Tournament to be held February 17-19

While you won't get a chance to knock Stan Wawrinka or Rafa out title contention, this year's 14th Annual Indoor Tournament will be held February 17-19 at the Dodds Tennis Center in Champaign. It will be a lot cheaper serving bombs and ripping forehand winners to the corners here than flying to Rotterdam to play in the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament held the same week.

Open to competitors of all ages, the Indoor Tournament features six division for juniors players and 12 adult divisions. The entry fee for singles player is just $30 and $40 for doubles competitors. Entry forms (download yours here) must be received by the Champaign Park District no later than 5pm on February 14.

Yuri Sohn, who is also the head teaching pro at Dodds, explained The Indoor Tournament was created years ago to give surrounding area high school boys match play practice leading into their upcoming high school season. Now expanded event offers the opportunity for men, women and doubles players of all ages to gauge their level of play with a new spring season on the horizon.

"(For) adults and juniors alike a great opportunity to test their skills in a tournament setting at a very affordable price indoors during the winter,” Sohn said. “You will gain valuable experience in competing under pressure that is unique to a tournament."

Every player will be guaranteed at least two matches. Tournament scoring will be no-ad for main draw matches with third set tiebreakers. Consolation matches will use no-ad scoring and play an eight game pro set.

With dozens of leagues year round in Champaign-Urbana, the tournament does draw its share of seasoned players from the Champaign-Urbana and the surrounding area, but provides a great learning experience for players just getting their feet wet in competitive tennis.

"This particular tournament is perfect for first timers because it is not USTA sanctioned," Sohn said. "You may not have to compete against the hardened tournament players that are chasing points for rankings."

The draws will be announced on the champaignparks.com website after 5pm on Thursday, February 16. Interested players can download the entry form at https://champaignparks.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Indoor-Tournament-2017-fillable.pdf

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