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We’re looking for the best tennis players in Charlotte and beyond

Join us for the 4th Annual Charlotte Amateur Tennis Tournament

SEPTEMBER 16-18, 2022

Play with the best of the best in the Queen City

Presented by Atrium Health and the Cynthia Graham Hurd Foundation, the Charlotte Amateur Tennis Tournament is a USTA-sanctioned event that brings together amateur tennis players of all ages and abilities for a weekend of tournament play, civic engagement, and a chance at a $2,500 tournament purse.

There are currently 12,000 adults registered with the Charlotte Tennis Association — and we wanted to give tennis enthusiasts in our city a way to meet and compete with their peers.

 

We’re doing our part to make tennis the community sport we know it can be in Charlotte — and which is why our tournament weekend features adult social play, a Rock & Rally Kids Day, and a Wheelchair Tournament in addition to the matches.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

 

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Friday, September 16

Tennis Under The Stars Opening Night

Opening Night Tennis Tournament, Food Trucks, and Pro-Am Completion

5:00pm - 9:00pm

Marion Diehl Tennis Complex

2219 Tyvola Road

Saturday, September 17
Sunday, September 18

Rock & Rally “Kids Day & Adult Social Play

9:30 - 11:00am

Wheelchair Tournament Begins, 2nd Day Charlotte Amateur Tennis, & Jr. Invitational Play

8:00am - 5:00pm

Men & Women Open Championship Matches, Divisions Championship Matches, Matches Trophy Presentation, Rodgers Cup

8:00am - 5:00pm

Jeff Adams Tennis Complex

Breakfast at Queens University

ADULT & KIDS
REGISTRATION

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VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION

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 A Great Tournament For A Great Cause

 Tennis tournament proceeds benefit the Cynthia Graham Hurd Foundation for Literacy & Civic Engagement

The Charlotte Amateur Tennis Tournament was founded by Charlotte City Council and community leader Malcolm Graham. An avid tennis player himself — he attended Charlotte’s Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) on a tennis scholarship — Graham created the event to give amateur players of all levels and ages in Charlotte an opportunity to play the sport they love and have fun in the process. 

 

Graham’s sister, Cynthia Graham Hurd, was his first tennis coach when they were growing up together in Charlotte, and the one who encouraged him to head to Charlotte to play tennis at JCSU. A lifelong Charlestonian, Cynthia Graham Hurd was a self-proclaimed “book nerd” who grew up to share her love of books and had a tireless desire to help others in her community — as evidenced by her 31-year tenure as an employee of the Charleston County Public Library system.

 

On June 17, 2015, Cynthia was one of nine people tragically shot on June 17, 2015, while attending a bible study at Emanuel AME Church — just four days before her 55th birthday. 

After her tragic passing, Cynthia’s family established The Cynthia Graham Hurd Foundation for Literacy & Civic Engagement to continue her work and legacy through instilling a love and appreciation of reading and creating positive change in our communities.

To learn more about the Cynthia Graham Hurd Foundation, visit

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2022 SPONSORS

Without the support of our amazing sponsors, this tournament would not be possible. If you’re interested in being a sponsor for the Charlotte Amateur Tennis Tournament, click on the button below to see our sponsorship levels or email info@charlotteamateurtennis.org.

Presenting Sponsors

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Additional Sponsors

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2020 Winners

Men’s Open Finals

Benjamin Wayand

Ben, a senior History major at UNC-Charlotte, won four matches to capture the Men’s Open Division Singles title. For his 2019-2020 collegiate season, he was named first-team All-Conference in doubles, and second-team All-Conference in singles as well as being named team MVP. This season, he teamed up with UNC-Charlotte teammate Henry Lieberman to form a doubles team that was ranked in the ITA Top 50 national rankings. He also won 14 singles matches this spring, with seven of those wins ranked at #1 or #2.

Women’s Open Finals

Ruxandra Schech

A sophomore at UNC-Charlotte, Ruxi Schech captured the Women’s Open Singles crown with all straight-set victories after earning the No. 1 seed entering the event. She also captured the Women’s Doubles title with UNC-Charlotte teammate Emma Wilkins. Although Schech's inaugural collegiate spring campaign was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, she made an impact on the program this year as she shared the team lead with 11 doubles triumphs and garnered ITA Scholar-Athlete honors.

Men’s Doubles Final

John Haywood & Rob Haywood

Women’s Doubles Final

RuSandra Schech & Emma Wilkins

Mixed Doubles Final

Tanner Haddon & Alexis Robinson

 

Men’s NTRP Singles 4.5
Philip Gibson

Men’s Singles 4.0
Wade Farrow

 

Men’s Singles 3.5
Taylor Brown

 

Men’s Singles 3.0

Nareen Sharma


Men’s Singles 3.5
Omar Punjabi

Men’s Singles 4.0

Anthony Decandia

Men’s Singles 4.5
Kevin Green

 

Men’s Doubles 3.5
Charles Manning & Jordan Teel

 

Men’s Doubles 4.0

Mario Henry & Lance King

 

Women’s Singles 4.0

Spencer Cochran


Women’s Singles 3.5
Catalina Knutson


Women’s Singles 3.0
Tiara Perry


Women’s Doubles 3.0
Julie Linder & Mary Collins


Wheelchair Singles
Johnny Ragland

Wheelchair Doubles
Kelly Flouhouse & Johnny Ragland

 
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2019 Winners

Men’s Open Finals

Jan Meyer

A former college tennis standout at Azusa Pacific University, Meyer earned recognition as the No. 1 singles player in NCAA Division II play. A native of Germany, Meyer continues to play tennis whenever he can in addition to working as a Portfolio Management Analyst at Dimensional Fund Advisors in Charlotte

Women’s Open Finals

Jenna Thompson

An incoming senior at South Mecklenburg High School, Thompson is an elite talent who’s ranked as a 5-star prospect and the No. 1 ranked player in North Carolina in the class of 2020. Already committed to Clemson University, she’s currently ranked as the No. 25 junior tennis player in the nation.

Men’s Doubles Final
Ecelza Slearev & Tanner Haddon

 

Mixed Doubles Final

Spencer Cochran & Parks Thompson

 

Men’s NTRP Singles 4.5
Philip Gibson

Men’s Singles 4.0
Wade Farrow


Men’s Singles 3.5
Taylor Brown

Men’s Singles 3.0

Jonathan Gross

 

Men’s Doubles 4.0

Lance King & Dennis Scottbey

 

Women’s Singles 4.0
Spencer Cochran
 

Women’s Singles 3.0
Alllecia Butler

Women’s Doubles 3.0
Melissa Morse & Iyuba Karpachoua

 
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MEDIA & PRESS

 
2020 COVERAGE

WBTV

“Charlotte’s second annual Amateur Tennis Tournament is set”

WBTV

“Race, politics and 2020 election take center stage at virtual town hall meeting”

Charlotte 49ers

“Niners captured tennis titles at local tournament”

2019 COVERAGE

Charlotte Observer

“Newly confident gun reform activists mobilize in NC and around the country”

The Charlotte Post

“Forum focused on firearms violence as public health crisis; town hall advances observations, activism”

WCCB Charlotte

“Hundreds turn out for tonight’s Moms Demand Action meeting on reducing gun violence”

WBTV

“Charlotte Amateur Tennis Tournament promotes sport and court play”

QCityMetro

“Charlotte Amateur Tennis Championship honors Charleston shooting victim”

Charlotte Observer

“Tennis tournament wants to find Charlotte’s best players and honor church shooting victim”

OUR IMPACT

USTA players in main tournament

156

Number of wheelchair players

12

Tournament Purse

$2500

# of tennis courts used

32

# of balls used

664

32

# of event volunteers

0

# of rain delays

16

# of news stories

13

# of sponsors

 

In addition to the tennis tournament numbers, the weekend event has made a community impact in Charlotte and beyond. Nearly 1,000 people have collectively gathered for the event’s two Town Hall meetings; “Race, Politics, and the 2020 Election” in 2020, and “Guns: A Public Health Crisis” in 2019. Both of these Town Hall meetings featured a mix of local and nationally-known speakers, including political columnist Mary Curtis, author and professor Jelani Cobb, minister and social activist Rev. Dr. William Barber, and Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action.

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Our yearly book drive in conjunction with the tennis tournament has also provided hundreds of books for local students in kindergarten through third grade in both Charlotte and Charleston, and in 2021, we’re partnering with Promising Pages, a nonprofit in Charlotte that collects new and donated books and distributes them to students and organizations — eliminating “book deserts” and providing free resources to those who need it most.

 
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