Local Tennis: Championships - The City

July 20-23 at Manker Patten Tennis Club

Friday, July 14, 2017 - by B.B. Branton

For decades, Chattanooga has been known for producing outstanding tennis players and hosting top-level tournaments.

The Chattanooga City Championship dates back to the early 1930s, stopped play a dozen years ago, but thanks to local tennis enthusiasts, the Chattanooga Tennis Association and host club Manker Patten, now known as The City will be held July 20-23.

Open Division: The event will include the open division in men’s and women’s singles, doubles and mixed with prize money at $500 for men’s and women’s singles winners and $250 for the runners-up.

NTRP Doubles Play: A new addition to the tournament is doubles play ranging from 6.0-7.0-8.0-9.0 for men’s, women’s and mixed with a USTA rating.

Sign-Up: Deadline to sign-up is Monday July 17. $40 for singles and $25 for doubles for each player … go to tennislink tournament ID#  700133417

“The Chattanooga City Championship has a great tradition and has produced champions who have gone on to Southern, national and world titles and many of us in town feel this year is a great time to bring back the event,” said committee chairman Forrest Simmons who captured singles and doubles (with David Dick) titles in 1969.

The Champions Dinner: On Friday July 21, a catered dinner by 1885 restaurant is set for all tournament players as well as past men’s and women’s singles champions.

“Our committee members believe this will be a special event with many past champions planning to attend to make this part of a great weekend of tennis,” said Simmons.

 

contact B.B. Branton at william.branton@comcat.net



Loftis Middle School Wins Ooltewah Tournament

The Loftis Middle School volleyball team won the Ooltewah tournament on Saturday. Loftis is now 6-0 overall.   They beat Soddy, Lake Forrest and Sale Creek in the opening rounds.  In tournament play, they beat Lake Forrest, East Hamilton to advance to the finals against Red Bank Middle.  They beat Red Bank Middle in the finals for the championship.   (click for more)

Lee Women Win Over Mississippi College

Behind the scoring and rebounding of Carrie Cheeks and Shelby Brown, the Lee University women’s basketball team extended its winning streak to seven with a 68-52 defeat of Mississippi College Saturday afternoon at Paul Dana Walker Arena. “It’s a great matchup with us and Mississippi College,” said Lee head coach Marty Rowe. “The series record is deceiving for the fact that ... (click for more)

Fleischmann Blames Senate Democrats For Government Shutdown

Congressman Chuck Fleischmann blamed Senate Democrats after the Senate’s failure to pass the Continuing Resolution (CR), putting a government shutdown into place. He said,  “I cannot fathom how Senate Democrats, knowing the severity of the issues in question, acted with such insensitivity using our children and our military as pawns, putting party over country. ... (click for more)

From Green Window Shutters To Forks And Spoons, Mount Vernon Restaurant Up For Auction

From the green wooden window shutters to the forks, knives and spoons, the landmark Mount Vernon Restaurant is up for auction. Marc Gravitt, of Gravitt Auction, said there will be an online auction starting Thursday morning and running through Saturday at noon. It will be handled as a "staggered close," he said. The first item will go first, then the second 30 seconds later, ... (click for more)

DACA Or Amnesty To Become The Majority?

As we have the political drama that we see in D.C. let’s be honest about what DACA is all about. We understand as the liberal policies of abortion, dependency on the government and an anti-American globalist / progressive agenda that many have come to realize these policies no longer represent their core beliefs and have left a certain party. Without an influx of new dependency ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: What’s The ‘Super’ Done?

The headline on Jan. 10 in the Times Free Press read, “Report shows Hamilton County students still lagging behind Tennessee peers.” In smaller type underneath, the sub-head added, “Less than 33 percent of county elementary, middle school students read at grade level.” Then, just seven days later, this on Friday, the same newspaper bannered, “Hamilton County Schools superintendent ... (click for more)