Midlothian, VA (WWBT)- Some of the top up-and-coming tennis talent in the world will be at Salisbury Country Club in Midlothian this week. The Mid-Atlantic Clay Court Championships began this past Saturday and will continue through this coming weekend.
This USTA event features some familiar faces. The number two seed on the men's side is Jarmere Jenkins, who helped lead the University of Virginia to a national championship match appearance this past season. Virginia Tech twins Jonathan and Zachary Pine are also taking the clay court in competition for the event. Richmond native Kyle Parker is the number 15 seed in the men's tournament. He is currently playing for the College of Charleston and was a standout at Mills Godwin High School. The top seed and favorite on the men's side is John peers, an Australian who graduated from Baylor in May.
The women's bracket features VCU tennis player Kateryna Yergina. She is originally from the Ukraine and is the third seed. Slovakian Lenka Broosova is the number one seed on the women's side.
Tournament director Scott Steinhour says that the tournament has grown substantially in its 13 year existence. When the tournament first began it featured some high school and college players and now it sees players from all over the world compete. Steinhour says he expects 300-400 fans each day at Salisbury for the event and they have added a deck between the two main courts to accommodate fans, in addition to the normal court-side seating.
The tournament will see matches each day of the week, leading up to Saturday's finals on both the men's and women's sides.