McDonald's Mississippi Junior Open Hard Court Tennis Championships Growing

Close to 200 players from five states, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida and Georgia signed up to compete in the annual tournament at Bayou Bluff.

Kent Shultz the Director of Player Development for the Mississippi Tennis Association says this year's tournament is the biggest with a number of quality junior players competing under the hot sun.

Shultz said, "This year's tournament is quite a bit larger than any tournament we've had in the state. It's about 30 percent to 35 percent larger than in the past."

So what's the reason for such a large turnout of junior players this year?

Shultz stated, "I think this is a nice place to come and visit. Everybody knows Toby Fasth runs a great tournament and this is certainly one of the best settings you can come to play a tournament."

Tournament Director Toby Fasth says the competition in the boys and girls 10 to 18 year-old divisions in singles and doubles is solid from top to bottom.

Fasth said, "I seems like the level is getting stronger every year. We've got a lot more players this year compared to last year. It's going to be some really good tennis."

In the boys 16-year-old division... Alex Klement of Baton Rouge upset 4th seeded Phillip Rizk... 2-6, 6-2, 7-5. Rizk is a member of the Bayou Bluff Tennis Club.

In another 16-year-old singles match... Chris Wilkins of Hattiesburg beat Robin Golan of New Iberia, Louisiana 6-4, 6-3

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