Thursday, 27 June 2013

New tennis tourney starting in Winnipeg

Kimberley-Ann Surin in a doubles match at the ITF International Tennis Championships at the Winnipeg Lawn Tennis Club in 2010. The Wildwood tennis club will be hosting a new pro-level women's tournament this July. (PHIL HOSSACK/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS ARCHIVES)

Courtesy of Canstar Community News

Tennis Canada and Tennis Manitoba are adding a new tournament to their calendar this year.

The CIBC Wood Gundy Challenger will serve its first ball July 21 at Winnipeg Lawn Tennis Club, located at 761 North Dr. in Wildwood. The tournament will run until July 28 as competitors play for a grand prize of $25,000.

The tournament is an International Tennis Federation-sanctioned event on the ITF pro circuit, according to a release issued by Tennis Manitoba. It will be the first pro-level women's tournament since 2000, the release states.

"Tennis Canada provided our province with an unbelievable opportunity to stage a world-class event," said Mark Arndt, executive director of Tennis Manitoba. "We are extremely thankful that CIBC Wood Gundy has aligned itself with the tournament thus offering our region's top-ranked players a chance to measure up against some of the best in women's professional tennis."

A local women's qualifier will take place July 18 to 20, prior to the start of the tournament. Admission to the tournament is free.

See also: Women's professional tennis tournament set for inaugural year in Winnipeg