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Another Successful Summer for the Rochester Junior Grand Prix

The Rochester Junior Grand Prix is the most popular series of junior tournaments in the Western Region. The Grand Prix began in 1990 and has been running for 19 consecutive years. In 1995, Rochester Community Tennis, a registered Community Tennis Association, was founded in order to promote the Grand Prix as well as other junior tennis events being held in the area.

The Grand Prix is sponsored by USTA Eastern, the Junior Tennis Foundation, the Western Region, as well as by area businesses, tennis facilities, tennis professionals, and parents. The Grand Prix has evolved into a true community wide effort, with pros at all of the various clubs around Rochester encouraging participation.

These sponsorships have enabled Rochester Community Tennis to keep the entry fees at the very modest level of $6 per event. Each player that takes part in just one event receives a free t-shirt. Players participate in boys and girls divisions in all age groups from 10 and under through 18 and under. The Grand Prix attracts highly skilled Level One players as well as those just getting introduced to tournament style tennis.

Early rounds are played in a round robin format, which allows for more match play. Players compete for “points” during the summer, with the top 8 players in each division being invited to the season ending “Masters” tournament held annually at Tennis Club of Rochester.

This summer, each event drew between 120-180 participants. The Tournament Director is Jon Goldsmith, a teaching pro at Dave Strebel’s Tennis Academy in Rochester. He is assisted by Cameron Thaney, a collegiate tennis player at Colgate University. In addition to running the weekly tournaments, Jon also helps maintain the program’s web site at www.rochesterjuniortennis.com. Barry Prince is the President of Rochester Community Tennis and oversees this highly successful program. For more information on the Rochester Junior Grand Prix, please visit the web site or contact Barry at bprince3@rochester.rr.com.