Barrhaven tennis fans and enthusiasts will get the chance to see world class action just a few kilometers away as a world sanctioned junior tournament is coming to Manotick with play starting this weekend.
The International Tennis Federation, the world body for governing tennis, will be hosting a world tour level junior tournament which will run for eight days at the Manotick Tennis Club and conclude with the finals Sun., Sept. 9.
The tournament marks only the second time that Ottawa has been selected by Tennis Canada and the ITF to host a world level event.
The tournament is classified as a J30 event, meaning it is a junior event with 30 world ranking points for the winner. It is the entry level event for budding professional who are trying to acquire world ranking points to be accepted on the professional tour or win a scholarship to a US college. Participants are coming from around the world for this event along with a handful of talented Ottawa juniors.
There will be a main draw event for 64 boys and 64 girls running from Monday 4th September to Saturday 9th September. However, the number of interested players is so high that there will be a qualifying tournament over the weekend of Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd. Approximately 200 of the best junior players on the planet will be in Manotick playing this event. It will be the highest standard of tennis that Manotick has ever seen.
There will be both singles and doubles competitions for both boys and girls.