C.R. Open coming soon

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By Eric van den Hoogen

Before we get into the details about the longest running tournament in Citrus County, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year.

The ninth annual Crystal River Open Tennis Tournament will donate all proceeds to two local charity programs: The Youth Group at the First United Methodist Church in Inverness and The Family Recourse Center in Hernando, to help the less fortunate among us.

The tournament will take place at Crystal River High School, as usual.

Entry fee: Donation of cash, toiletries, non-perishable foods, and/or gently used clothing (suggested $20 per person and $10 for second event).

Divisions offered will be: Women’s, Men’s and Junior Doubles and Mixed Doubles, divided in A, B and C. Two matches guaranteed (consolation round).

Deadline for entries is Jan. 16.

Check in at least 15 minutes prior to your match. Please call Friday, Jan. 18, for your starting times if you have not been notified before.

The tournament directors are Cindy Reynolds, AJ Glenn at 697-3089 or ajglenn03@gmail.com; Sally deMontfort at 795-9693 or deMont@embarqmail.com; Eric van den Hoogen at (352) 382-3138 or hoera@juno.com.

If you are not able or interested to play but still would like to help the cause, volunteers will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday as well as Sunday to accept your donation at the tennis courts.

The organizers would like to stress the point that they will adjust the schedule anyway possible to allow you to participate if you have other commitments tennis or otherwise.

Tuesday Team Tennis
There were no results reported for Dec. 18. The women-only league is geared towards players rated 3.0 to 3.5. If interested in playing or want to captain a team, contact chairwoman Candace Charles at 352-563-5859 or Candacecharles@tampabay.rr.com.

Citrus Area Senior Ladies 3.0/3.5 Tuesday League
The results for Dec. 18 are: Riverhaven def. Citrus Hills, 3-2; Pine Ridge Mustangs def. Sugarmill Woods, 4-0; Crystal River def. Meadowcrest, 4-1. To play in this league, a player must be at least 50 years of age or older, with a 3.0/3.5 rating. The league is always looking for players to sub for teams. For information, email chairwoman Lucy Murphy at wjlrmurphy@embarqmail.com or 527-4239.

Thursday Morning Citrus Area Doubles League
The results for Dec. 20 are: Bicentennial Bratz def. Sugarmill Woods Oakies, 5-4. The standings are as follows: Pine Ridge Fillies, 58; Sugarmill Woods Oakies, 50; Bicentennial Babes, 48; Skyview Advantage, 47; Skyview, 46; Pine Ridge Mavericks, 44; Bicentennial Bratz, 43; Skyview Aces, 35. For information, contact chairwoman Diane Halloran at 352-527-7763 or tdhfla@tampabay.rr.com.

Ladies on the Court
No scores reported for Dec. 20. Ladies on The Court play at 8:30 a.m. Thursdays at Le Grone Park courts in Crystal River. Bring a new can of balls and 50 cents. Two-out-of-three tiebreak sets are played. For information, contact Barbara Shook at dshook@tampabay.rr.com or 352-795-0872.

The Friday Senior Ladies Doubles 3.0 - 3.5 League
No scores reported for Dec. 21. All players must be at least 50 years of age or older with a 3.0 - 3.5 rating. Players cannot be both a member of a team and a sub. For information, email chairwoman Sue Doherty at suedoherty@prodigy.net.

USTA Leagues
The next season will be as follows:
* 55 and up Senior (three doubles): mostly Saturdays starting Jan. 12.
* 65 and up Senior (three doubles): Tuesdays and Fridays starting Jan. 15.
* 18 and up Adult (three doubles, two singles): Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays starting Jan. 11.
Team commitments are due by Dec. 25. Schedule for the rest of 2013: 18 and up Mixed (three doubles): March-May; 40 and up Adult (three doubles, two singles): May-July; 40 and up Mixed (three doubles): August-October; Combo Senior and Adult (three doubles): October-December. If you have any questions for information in our District 4 (south), call or e-mail Leigh Chak at 352-572-7157 or vacocala@gmail.com or ustaflorida.com.

Jan. 12 and 13: JCT Tournament at Southern Hills C.C. Deadline to register is 9 p.m. January 9. Enter by emailing jjeanette3saj@aol.com. The entry fee is $20. For information call 352-232-0322. Rick Scholl, SMW/Oak Village Tennis Center Courts, 1 Village Center Circle, Homosassa, FL 34446, 352-232-4888. Lou Giglio, Southern Hills C.C., 19858 Southern Hills Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34601, 727-207-4760. Judy Jeanette, GlenLakes C.C., 9000 GlenLakes Blvd., Weeki Wachee, FL 34613, 352-232-0322.

Jan.19-20 (tentative): Crystal River Open.

Feb. 9 and 10: JCT Tournament of Champions at SMW.