By Marty Farmer
As a self-avowed tennis fanatic, I'll admit this blog entry is partly for selfish interests as a cool way to promote and cover the upcoming River Forest Collegiate Invitational tennis tournament to be held in mid-September in our fair town. Aside from my own affection for the glorious sport with the persistently whacked fuzzy little Wilson or Penn yellow balls, other tennis enthusiasts will want to mark this event down on their calendar, as well as sports fans or just folks looking to have some fun at a cool, fun free event featuring superb mens college tennis players.
Here are the details below. Everything is free! except the strawberries and cream- you're on your own there.
On Friday & Saturday, September 13 & 14, the fourth annual River Forest Collegiate Invitational tennis tournament will be held with matches starting both days at 9 a.m. and running till about 6:30 p.m. on Friday and 4/4:30 p.m. on Saturday. The River Forest Tennis Club (615 Lathrop Avenue, River Forest; (708) 771-7783) is the primary tournament site, while the Oak Park Tennis Center (544 North Harlem Avenue; 708.366.9652) is a secondary venue. The tournament is free and tennis fans are encouraged to check out the exciting action!
The following Division I men's teams will be participating in the tournament:
Belmont University (Nashville, TN)
Butler University (Indianapolis, IN)
Morehead State University (Morehead, KY)
Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, IL)
St. Louis University (St. Louis, MO)
University of Illinois at Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Valparaiso University (Valparaiso, IN)
Youngstown State University (Youngstown, OH)
It is an official ITA event and will have USTA umpires/referee on site at all times. UIC is the host school. Matches are played on the Har-Tru courts, all with the latest hydro-grid underground watering system. The event will look to move indoors in the event of inclement weather. Play will include three rounds of singles and three rounds of doubles for all players/teams which includes main draw, back draw and consolation rounds. The tournament is rapidly becoming one of the premier Midwest collegiate tennis events in the fall season.
The River Forest Tennis Club, the tournament's primary host site, was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and for many years hosted the U.S. National Men's Clay Courts, as well as the River Forest Junior Open and Girls' 18 & Under National Clay Court Championships .
John Griffin, past President of the River Forest Tennis Club, is the tournament director of the event