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Tennis Anyone?Tennis Anyone?
Helen's Weekly Feature

 

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 for you.

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 Vancouver.

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!

 

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