Incline Open serves up 37th annual tennis tournament on Aug. 12-13 | SierraSun.com

Incline Open serves up 37th annual tennis tournament on Aug. 12-13

Most of the courts at the Incline Village Tennis Center will be filled with players this weekend, as competitors look to battle it out in an effort to capture individual and doubles championships at the 37th annual Incline Open.

The annual tournament will begin on Friday, Aug. 11, in Incline Village with singles tournaments for men and women, and doubles tournaments for men, women, and mixed pairs. The players will be broken down into A, B, and C divisions based on skill level.

The bulk of the matches will take place on Saturday, Aug. 12, with the finals being contested on Sunday, Aug. 13, and concluding around 2 p.m.

Typically the tournament attracts around 50 to 60 players, according to Director of Tennis Serena Quarelli, with most competitors coming from the Incline area.

"We'll probably have a couple of serving contests as well," Quarelli said. "Entry is still open, it's fun and it's our local championship."

Quarelli also added that last year's winners from the men's and women's A division will not be playing, leaving the field open for a new pair of champions.

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Registration for the tournament is $40 for singles players, and $35 for doubles, and can be done online at YourTahoePlace.com, at the Tennis Center Pro Shop, or by calling (775) 832-1235. There is also a discount for membership pass holders.

Once registration ends, Quarelli said the field of players would be put into one of three divisions based on their player rating. The National Tennis Rating Program is the official system for determining the level of competition for all players, with a 1.0 signifying a player that is just starting out, up to a 7.0 for someone who makes a living as a pro player.

Most of the players in the Incline Open will range from a 3.0 to 4.5, according to Quarelli.

"We take the players and divide them and put them into equal categories," she said.

During the weekend, most of the tennis center's 11 courts will be taken up by tournament play, but a few will remain open for the public and also for pickleball players.

Saturday's round of competition will conclude with a barbecue and beers afterward. Those not registered for the tournament can still show up to spectate, and join in for the barbecue at a cost of $10.

An award ceremony will take place after Sunday's matches with the top players receiving a beer mug to be filled at Barjay's Gourmet Diner.

For more information visit YourTahoePlace.com.