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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Naperville Park District to host USTA Midwest Open Championships


Tournaments to take place at park and school facilities throughout Naperville July 21-24 and 28-30

Naperville will be home for two high-level junior tennis tournaments in July.  The Naperville Park District has been awarded both the USTA Midwest Open Championships for Boys 16s and a USTA Midwest Level 5 Tournament for Boys and Girls 12, 14, 16, 18.

“This is the first time the Naperville Park District has been able to host such large-scale tennis tournaments,” said Tournament Director Meredith Petri. “With the new facilities at Nike Sports Complex and Knoch Park, together with tennis courts at North Central College and our high schools, we are proud to welcome players and their families to Naperville.”

The Park District is expecting over 400 people to travel to Naperville for the first tournament and over 1,000 to attend the second tournament. Players, families and coaches begin to arrive on Fri., July 20 in order to prepare for their matches.

Sat., July 21 through Tues., July 24 the Midwest Open Championships will feature the Section’s top talent in a 128 draw.  The tournament will take place at various Naperville Park District and partner facilities including: Nike Sports Complex, Naperville North High School, Knoch Park, Ashbury Park, Neuqua Valley High School, and North Central College.  Matches are two out of three tie-break sets with a full feed-in draw.

The following weekend (July 28-30) the same sites will be home to the Level 5 event, which includes 8 draws of 64 players each, for a total of 512 players.

“Naperville youth tennis players have a unique opportunity to compete with a home court advantage,” said Petri. “Wesley Lo and Danny Albert, two outstanding players from the Naperville Central High School tennis team, will be competing in the tournaments. With the summer Olympic games just around the corner, it’s exciting to watch potential future champions compete in our own city.”

Residents are welcome at any of the sites as spectators.  The semifinal and final matches will be played on Tues., July 24 for the Midwest Open and on Mon., July 30 for the second tournament. Both events are being sponsored by Naperville Bank and Trust.

Registration for the events is online at www.usta.com.  All participants must be current USTA members and the tournaments count toward individual ranking points.  Registration for the Midwest Open continues through Fri., July 6 and registration for the Midwest Elevated Tournament continues through Fri., July 13.

Signs will be posted at each participating facility indicating the days that the courts will be in use. Alternate locations for resident players during this time are Ranchview Park at 1727 Ranchview Drive and DuPage River Sports Complex at 2807 S Washington St.

For further information about the Naperville Park District’s programs and services please visit our website at www.napervilleparks.org.

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Created in 1966, the Naperville Park District is an independent, municipal agency serving the recreation needs of its residents. An Illinois Distinguished Agency since 1994, the District is one of only 1% of park districts across the country to be nationally accredited through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). The Naperville Park District’s mission is to provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community. The District maintains and operates more than 2,400 acres with 137 parks and provides more than 1,500 recreational, arts and environmental programs and special events annually. Included within the District’s operations are two championship golf courses, a multitude of playgrounds, trails, athletic courts and sports fields, Fort Hill Activity Center, Knoch Knolls Nature Center, two inline skating and skateboarding facilities, the Millennium Carillon, a paddle boat quarry, historic Centennial Beach, and the beautiful Riverwalk.