Summer is the perfect time of the year to
take out that racquet and hit some balls. There are hundreds
of free public courts all over the Lower Mainland just waiting
Maybe playing the game doesnít interest you.
How about watching? This week (July 28 Ė August 5), the Odlum
Brown Vancouver Open is on at Hollyburn Country Club in West
Prize money totalling $150,000 attracts players
worldwide. There are players from every continent, including
countries such as Italy, Germany, Israel, Great Britain,
Thailand, Japan, Korea, Mexico, South Africa, Australia,
Argentina, France, United States, and, of course, Canada.
These players are the future stars of tennis.
In 2002, Maria Sharapova, a top ten player won the ladiesí event
and 2 years later Nicole Vaidisova took top prize. On the menís
side, Andy Murray (currently ranked in the top 20) played in the
event in 2005. Although these players have moved on, itís your
chance to see the stars of tomorrow. Many of these players will
play the remaining events of the summer leading up to the US
Open and some will, in fact, qualify for that major event.
All matches are played at Hollyburn Country
Club. Itís an amazing setting and worth the visit even if you
are not that interested in tennis. Events include singles and
doubles for both men and women. If you want information on
draws, times, dates, prices etc.
visit the tournament web
site. If you would like more information on tennis in your area
visit Tennis BCís website.
Iíll see you on the courts!