The 2019 Orange Beach Spring UTR tennis tournament was held Saturday, April 6th, and Sunday, April 7th at the Orange Beach Tennis Center with 51 players from throughout the Southeast participating in the two-day event.
Players hailed from Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Lafayette (La.), Atlanta, Destin, Pensacola, Niceville, and Milton (Fla.), Mobile, Huntsville, Tuscaloosa, and surrounding areas of Baldwin County.
UTR allows skill-base play regardless of gender or age. Players were grouped into Compass or Round Robin draws guaranteeing them three singles and three doubles matches.
Sponsors included Mark Tampary of Brett/Robinson, Tim McInnis of McInnis Construction, and Ginny Gilbert of Villaggio Grille. These sponsorships covered the many costs of running a tournament including dry fit T-shirts, referees, banners, trophies, employees, balls, lunch and snacks. Additionally, OWA donated two free daily park passes that were raffled off. The winners were Barry Fields and Grayson Ranft. The Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism bureau donated hats (awards) and beach bags (raffle). Winners were Pam Klingbeil, Aspen Young, and Josh Neslin.
The winners/finalists of each singles draw are as follows:
- Champion: Hayden Henley of Fairhope
- Finalist: Madison Morris of Slaughter, LA
US OPEN DIVISION
- Champion: Rachel McMullan of Niceville, FL
- Finalist: Julianne Legg of Mobile
FRENCH OPEN DIVISION
- Champion: Aspen Young of Niceville, FL
- Finalist: Racquel Russell of Orange Beach
AUSTRALIAN OPEN DIVISION
- Champion: Emmy Eckert of Daphne
- Finalist: Logan Davis of Foley
INDIAN WELLS DIVISION
- Champion: Montgomery Beall of Orange Beach
- Finalist: Lillie McInnis of Montrose
MIAMI OPEN DIVISION
- Champion: Georgia McInnis of Montrose
- Finalist: Hatcher Myrick of Fairhope
The winners/finalists of the two doubles draws are as follows:
- Champions: Kent and Madison Morris of Slaughter, LA
- Finalist: Barry Fields of Tuscaloosa and Chris Logel of Gulf Shores
- Champions: Jonathan Aikens and Logan Davis of Foley
- Finalist: Racquel and Blaeze Russell of Orange Beach
The next Orange Beach tennis tournament will be the Battle at the Beach USTA junior tournament on September 20-22, 2019. The next Orange Beach UTR tournament will be November 15-17, 2019.
One-day UTR events will be held throughout the summer at Orange Beach Tennis Center.