We are excited to be hosting the Professional One-On-One Doubles Grand Prix Circuit Tournament at Buckhorn Springs Tennis & Swim Club in Valrico, Fl., May 2-3, 2014. This $4000 prize money tournament, on Saturday, May 3, 2014 will bring in professional players from throughout the state and country. The tournament format allows for a four-hour window to complete the tournament. We will also be hosting our Qualifying tournament, on Friday, May 2, 2014, that will allow four wildcards into the main draw. We will include our Event partners in this qualifying event, as well.
The One-On-One Doubles Tournament is piloted by the USTA/FLORIDA.
One-On-One Doubles is an exciting third way of playing Tennis. It is a game that mixes both Singles and Doubles skills into one. It is the half-court, serve-and-volley Singles game played on the Doubles court. All points are played crosscourt with the alley included. Players must serve-and-volley, on both serves, or there is an immediate loss of point; half-volleys are permitted. You will see more all-court, Serve-and-Volley action with this game.
One-On-One Doubles has been played at ATP, USTA, USPTA and Collegiate Tennis national events since its game's inception in 2004. I was also excited to host a Professional One-On-One Doubles Tournament that aired on the Tennis Channel during the summer of 2012.
My good friend Greg Jones, Managing Director at Buckhorn Springs Tennis & Swim Club, and I will team up to host this unique event. This will be the third tournament on our Grand Prix Florida circuit leading up to our National event at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center played on November 9, 2014.
All of our Pro Tournaments include a live rockin' blues performance by one of our nation's top touring bands. The tournament takes place between 1 - 5pm and the Steve Arvey’s Electric Blues Band plays from 3-7 p.m. Steve Arvey’s band performed at the Clearwater Blues Festival this past February. This event is an exciting, unique mix of World-Class Tennis and Rockin' Blues music.
The Tennis tournament will include some of the game's greats, including Roscoe Tanner, 1979 Wimbledon Singles Finalist, Ashley Fisher, former top 15 ATP Doubles Player with a Doubles win over the Bryan Brothers at the 2009 Sony Ericsson; Andy Lake, winner of 31 USTA National Championships.
There will be a special Sponsor VIP Hospitality Section for our Event partners, hosted by the Brandon Ale House. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).
Please see the attached event flyer and sponsorship information. I look forward to meeting you personally. Feel free to call me to discuss this event.
Ed Krass, Founder/Director
World-Class Tennis & Rockin’ Blues Events