Cheltenham Junior Summer Open Stares Down Irene
CHELTENHAM, PA—In spite of preparations for the onslaught of hurricane Irene, the 3rd annual Cheltenham Junior Summer Open for Boys (12-18’s) a United States Tennis Association (USTA) sanctioned event, still went off without a hitch, for the most part.
“In the last three years we’ve watched some great tennis matches and it’s great to see the community come out to watch and support these young players,” said Lori Siegal, Tournament Director.
This event is held each spring and summer and all the monies raised go directly back to the Cheltenham High School tennis program. The funds help with purchases such as wind screens, team uniforms, and player development clinics. The event is chaired by Cheltenham parent volunteers.
“We’ve made a conscious decision to host level 7 tournaments,” said Siegal, “to encourage the developing junior players in the community and to have a tournament they can participate in against other developing juniors across the greater Philadelphia area.”
This summer’s tournament consisted of 42 participants, with forty-two matches being played all on Friday and early Saturday. The Tournament committee squeezed the match schedule, hoping to beat the predicted Saturday afternoon rain. Amazingly enough, this task was almost accomplished. The very last final, Boys 14’s, split their first two sets and had to play a third set tiebreaker to determine the winner. They started the tiebreaker but the rain came fast and furious after only 8 points were played. Play was suspended and the match was moved indoors to Fossler’s Cheltenham Tennis Center. After a 5 minute warm up, the boys played another 5 points to conclude the match. Thank you to the many people who volunteered their time to make this event a success and to Mr. Bob Fossler for the donation of the court.