The City of Orange Beach Spring 2018 UTR Tennis Tournament was held April 6-8, 2018 at the Orange Beach Tennis Center.
The tournament attracted 28 players from New Orleans; Louisville, Kentucky; Tuscaloosa; Ponchatoula, Louisiana; Atlanta; Slaughter, Louisiana; Milton, Florida; Niceville, Florida; Mobile; Fairhope; Spanish Fort; Daphne; and Orange Beach.
The tournament was exclusively sponsored by Sarah Catherine Cranford of Coastal Physical Therapy in Orange Beach. Each player was guaranteed three singles matches and at least one doubles match during the three-day span.
Beautiful laser engraved tumblers were presented to the winners and finalist of each of the five divisions including Wimbledon, US Open, Australian Open, and French Open Divisions. The Gulf Shores/Orange Beach Sports Commission donated large plush beach towels to the winners and finalist as well.
UTR stands for Universal Tennis Rating. Players were placed into similar skill set levels so that each player had competitive matches. Coaching was allowed on the 90-second changeovers or when players switched sides during odd games. Adults and juniors are all welcome to compete in UTR tournaments and the opposite gender can play one another in this skill-based tournament.
The next UTR tournament will be held November 16, 2018. The next USTA junior tournament will be held September 21, 2018.