City tourney set to begin with field chasing 2-time defending champion

For the second year in a row, the city tennis tournament will not have a Women’s Open Singles division because of a lack of numbers.

The tournament kicks off today and continues through Wednesday at Columbus North High School. The junior tournaments will be today and Sunday, while the rest of the divisions will be played over five days.

Two-time defending champion and Tipton Lakes Athletic Club teaching pro Michael Blevins is the top seed in the Men’s Open Singles division. Columbus East boys and girls tennis coach Matt Malinsky, the runner-up last season, is the No. 2 seed, while former Columbus North players Anthony Sanders and Rahul Jha are the Nos. 3 and 4 seeds. Semifinals are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, with the final at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Blevins and former East player Matt Furnish are the top seeds for the Men’s Open Doubles event, while Danny Frastaci and Michael Schoumacher are seeded No. 2. That final will be Wednesday after the Men’s Open Singles final.

Bev Chinn and Karen Day are the top seeds for Women’s Open Doubles, and Melissa Sanders and Nickolas Sprague are the top seeds for Mixed Open Doubles. Both of those finals are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Joey Zhao is the top seed for the Boys 16U singles, and Shweta Srinivasan is the top seed for the Girls 16U singles. Both of those finals will be at 9 a.m. Sunday.

Joseph Kloepfer and Amritanshu Kar are the top two seeds for the Boys 14U singles. That final will be at noon Sunday.

Other divisions in the tournament include the Junior 14U Singles, Junior 10U, Men’s B Singles, Men’s B Doubles and Men’s 45 Doubles.

If you go

What: City tennis tournament

When: Today through Sunday

Where: Columbus North High School

Admission: Free

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Ted Schultz is sports editor for The Republic. He can be reached at tschultz@therepublic.com or 812-379-5628.