The Racket Club of Crystal Lake, Illinois is excited to host the 5th annual Walt Herrick, Sr. Memorial Foundation Men’s Open prize money tournament on Friday, January 3- Sunday, January 5, 2014. In keeping with the vision of one of the Club’s founders, the late Walt Herrick, Sr., the event raises funds toward tennis lessons for deserving boys and girls of the local community. Every year, the Foundation awards Racket Club tennis instructional scholarships for applicants who demonstrate dedication on and off the court to tennis, academics, and the improvement of their surroundings.
This year’s Men’s Open features its largest-ever total prize money of $5,000, with $2,000 going to the winner of the singles division and $800 being split among the doubles winners. Competition is first-rate with regional touring pros, teaching pros, top past & present collegiate players, and even nationally-ranked high school players battling it out. Last year’s winner, Dennis Nevolo, is currently ranked 493 on the ATP World Tour and playing events throughout the country as he pursues his dream of breaking into the world’s top 100. With a choice of courtside or clubhouse window seating, spectators receive the rare privilege of viewing professional tennis up close in McHenry County. For those who may not have ever had such an opportunity, the speed and sound of the action has to be seen to be believed!
Both singles and doubles divisions are open to anyone who wishes to play via the USTA Tennislink website; http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/tournamenthome/tournament.aspx?T=142603. Cost of entry is $76 for singles and $39/player for doubles.
The public is invited to stop by and watch the tournament action. Spectator admission is only $2. There will be great close up views through the spacious lounge windows. The Racket Club, a facility of Crystal Lake Park District, is located at 9101 South Route 31 (one mile south of Rakow Road) in Algonquin, Illinois 60102. Please call club manager/tournament director Rob Laue with questions at 847-658-5688.