The 2nd Annual Tennis and Rockin' Blues® Event Featuring One-on-One Doubles is slated for Saturday night, Jan. 22 from 8:00 p.m.-midnight at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center's Indoor Complex. This unique, combined tennis and music event includes a $1,000 in prize money, sanctioned by USTA/Eastern, for the Men's Open and Men's 35-and-Over Divisions of play. Prizes will be awarded to Men's and Women's Open NTRP Division competitors. The tournament will be played in round-robin format to allow each player plenty of competition. There will also be a tournament available for recreational players. The half-court, serve-and-volley singles game played on a doubles court, otherwise known as One-on-One Doubles, allows for two matches to compete on one court.
This year's tournament will also feature a performance by F & G Blues Band, featuring Edlene Hart from Long Island, N.Y., as the band will be performing during the tournament to add an exciting atmosphere for the players and fans.
Last year's Men's Open was won by Jared Palmer, 2001 Wimbledon Doubles Champion. The Men's 35s event was won by Jay Harris, former Brown Coach and Sportime/Bethpage Manager.
"I had a great time playing in my first One-on-One Doubles event," said Harris. "The format is a lot of fun. We had so many great points where we had to pull out almost every shot in the book to try and get an advantage. It's also a great workout, because even though you only cover half the court there's a lot of up and back/side to side movement as you battle for control of the net. This game should catch on with players of all levels, and I think everyone should get out and try it!"
Ed Krass, director/founder of the College Tennis Exposure Camp, is the founder of One-on-One Doubles. Since the game's inception in 2004, One-on-One Doubles tournaments have been played at ATP, USTA, USPTA and ITA National events. Just recently, two collegiate women's tournaments at Army and Stony Brook University, held One-on-One Doubles tournaments. The ITA will be hosting a One-on-One Doubles tournament at its Annual Coaches Convention on Dec. 16 at the Grand Naples Resort in Naples, Fla.
In addition to the One-on-One Doubles action, there will be a friendly ping-pong competition during the tournament. Tournament fans and players will be treated to a National Tennis Center-style party loaded with snacks, beverages, beer, wine and a breakfast buffet to be served at 11:00 p.m.
Players who are interested in participating can call the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at (718) 760-6200. The deadline for entry is Tuesday, Jan. 18. Fees are as follows (*includes active convenience fees):
|Online player fee: *$102.63||In-person or by mail: $105|
|Online guest fee: *$54.25||In-person or by mail: $60|
For more information about the game's rules, events and rankings, visit www.oneononedoubles.com.