May 13, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

National 12s Tennis Championship Returns

Nationally ranked boys and girls tennis players will compete in Springfield, Mo., for the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Boys and Girls 12s National Open Championship Saturday, May 16 through Wednesday, May 20, 2009, at the Cooper Tennis Complex, 2331 E. Pythian St.

Play is scheduled to begin each day at 8 a.m., with Singles and Doubles finals scheduled for Wednesday morning. The event is free and open to the general public.

Players from Arizona, Oregon, Michigan, Minnesota, Arkansas, Florida, Wisconsin, Kansas, Illinois, Iowa, Texas, Oklahoma, Indiana, Connecticut, Georgia, Louisiana, Washington, Nebraska and Missouri will vie for the title. Additional activities taking place during the tournament include:

The top three finishers in singles and the top two doubles teams will advance to the USTA National Clay Court Championships in July. The girls will compete in Boca Raton, Fla., while the boys will play in Greensboro, N.C.

This is the ninth year the USTA Boys and Girls 12s National Open Championship is being hosted by the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, Springfield Tennis Association, and the Clarion Hotel. Tennis is one of four sports included in the Community Olympic Development Program (CODP) for the Springfield community.

The Cooper Tennis Complex also will host the Missouri State High School Athletic Association (MSHSAA) Boys State Tennis Championships Thursday, May 28 through Saturday, May 30, 2009.

For more information, media contact: Larry Haugness, Community Tennis Coordinator, (417) 837-5800; or Bob Nelson, Public Information Administrator, (417) 874-2176.