Events draw players to the courts at Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs |

Events draw players to the courts at Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs

— The weather outside may be cooling off, but inside the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs, the tennis action is heating up.

Players still have time to register for this year’s Steamboat City Singles and Doubles Championships, which will take place Nov. 11 to 13 at the Tennis Center. Deadline to enter the event is Nov. 4, but Tennis Center Director Loretta Conway said registrations will be taken through Nov. 6.

The championship tournaments will come on the heels of a new tournament — the first of its kind in Steamboat Springs — that will be held Nov. 5 and 6. The UTR tournament will use the Universal Tennis Rating system to set up the brackets.

The newer system rates players from around the world, and the tournament will break more traditional methods of seeding, which include dividing groups into men’s, women’s and mixed divisions. It also groups junior players together with older players based on the ranking system that rates players from 1 to 16. If a player is rated as an 11, they could be paired up with another 11-rated player with no regard to gender or age.

“There is no limit to who can play or who they could end up playing with,” Conway. “This is the first time we’ve hosted a UTR tournament, and I think it might be the first time a UTR tournament has taken place in Colorado.”

Conway said 40 players have registered for this weekend’s tournament.

The Tennis Center decided to host the event after two high-level coaches at this fall’s Rare Air Tennis Camp recommended the format. Conway said the professional players have been involved in a couple of these tournaments in other towns, and the pros said the events are a great way to get a wide range of men, women and juniors on the court and playing the game.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966

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