The Lima Area Tennis Association will be played this year only it will be a condensed version of the event.
The tournament will begin July 23 with men’s, women’s and mixed doubles at the University of Northwestern Ohio and be played throughout the weekend. It is the only competition slated for the four days. In the past, the tournament has been played on three consecutive weekends with singles competition but due to the coronavirus adjustments needed to be made.
The LATA junior clinic will also be held beginning, July 20 and, like the city tournament, will be reduced. The clinic, which will go one week this year, is open to elementary aged children to eighth grade.
Keith Davis, president of LATA, said they got the approval for the tournament about two weeks ago and then he sat down with Mayor David Berger to finalize the details Tuesday.
“He basically told me go for it,” Davis said. “He basically wants something normal going on in this town with sports as soon as possible.”
Davis added that because of the short notice he is trying to get the word out for individuals to register. At this time, he is working on a registration form which is slated to be available on The Lima News’ LimaScores.com website in the future. He also looking to place forms in the Lima City Building and possibly local fire stations.
“We really need to do something,” Davis said. “We need all the publicity we can get.”
Davis added that one of the main reasons for this is because of the early start of school practices in August.
“We are condensing everything into one week,” Davis said. “We are going to condense the clinic into one week which is normally two and we are going to condense the city tournament into one tournament. It is going to be a lot of tennis with several matches a night and go into Saturday and Sunday with finals. “We have no choice but to compact the whole thing in,” Davis said. “Normally we would have weeks to do all this stuff but we just don’t have it now.”
Also new this year is that the brother tandem of Landon and Evan Neuman will be running the tournament. The duo won the city tournament doubles championship last year. The Elida graduates, who were state qualifiers, played their collegiate tennis at Wright State University.
If anyone wants more information they can can contact Davis at 419-234-5392.
Reach Jose Nogueras at 567-242-0468.