A first: Naperville Park District hosts USTA regional tennis tournaments
Almost exactly one year ago, the Naperville Park District celebrated the opening of the Nike Sports Complex expansion, unveiling the District’s first synthetic turf field and many other amenities, including eight beautiful, new tennis courts. The completion of Nike Sports Complex was a tipping point, expanding our capacity for tennis to the point where the Park District, together with community partners, can now host a major tennis tournament.
Players enjoy the new tennis courts at Nike Sports Complex
This year, the Naperville Park District is proud to welcome over 600 youth tennis players to two USTA tournaments that will be played on our home courts the last two weekends in July. Learn more. The players, families, and coaches who will be traveling to Naperville for the tournaments will be staying for several days, with time to explore our parks, museums, restaurants and shops. Be sure to give them a warm welcome if you have the opportunity.
Meredith Petri, the tournament director, is excited to be able to host the two regional tournaments in Naperville. “Our Naperville tennis players are accustomed to traveling for every tournament,” she said. “This time, they have the home court advantage.”
Who’s competing from Naperville
Danny Albert, a senior at Naperville Central High School and a member of the varsity tennis team, is participating in the Level Five tournament July 28-30. Albert recently competed in the top 16 doubles matches in the Illinois State tournament and has been playing on the varsity tennis team since his freshman year.
Another member of the Naperville Central High School varsity tennis team, Wesley Lo, is participating in the tournaments as well. Lo first picked up a tennis racket in elementary school and learned the basics from his father. By sixth grade, he was playing matches. “That’s when I started to love the game,” he said. “I knew then that I wanted to pursue it in the future.”
When asked what he was looking forward to about the upcoming USTA tournaments, Lo said, “The number one thing I’m hoping for is to have a new experience. With new players coming from out of state, I will have a chance to see different types of players who have their own style. I can take away something from what they have to offer; I can learn from it.”
Naperville Central H.S. player Wesley Lo
The community is invited to watch the matches
While the Summer Olympic Games will bring excitement to our television viewing in the next few weeks, our home town tennis courts will bring opportunities to see the champions of the future compete in exciting matches all over town. The community is invited to watch the matches at one or more of our tennis facilities. Additionally, the results will be updated daily at www.usta.com.
Here are the locations of tennis matches for both tournaments:
• Nike Sports Complex, 288 W. Diehl Road
• Naperville North High School, 899 N. Mill St.
• Knoch Park, 724 S West St.
• Ashbury Park, 1740 Conan Doyle Rd.
• Neuqua Valley High School, 2360 95th St.
• North Central College, Athletic Complex, S. Loomis St.
Please join us in cheering on the young tennis players who are coming to our community, many of whom are nationally ranked. The finals of the Midwest Open tournament will be held on Tuesday, July 24 and the finals of the Level 5 tournament will be held on Monday, July 30. Hope to see you there!