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MCTA's One Day Tournament 'Hits an Ace'

March 14, 2016 03:05 PM

MCTA’s One Day Tournament ‘Hits an Ace’
By Patrick Yackmack, USTA SC

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Kim Ozmon, tennis coordinator for Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism, has hosted many one day adult tournaments in the past, but she has never hosted one as successful as the MCTA (Mid Carolina Tennis Association) One Day Spring League Kickoff Tournament.

The tournament was hosted at the Rock Hill Tennis Center on March 5. The field boasted 65 players with over 93 matches played. The entry fee was $18, which is significantly less than the average weekend tournament cost. It was played over a 7 hour period from 9 a.m.- 4pm, with doubles in the morning and singles in the afternoon. Every competitor was guaranteed 3 or more matches.Rock_Hill_OneDay_CoolerWinner

Ozmon said, “The participants loved being able to play a lot of matches, against new opponents and they only had to commit one day.”

What exactly made the difference for Kim and her team? USTA South Carolina partnered with Ozmon and supplied her tournament with a $500 prize package of YETI merchandise. This helped Ozmon cut her tournament cost and attracted both competitive and casual tennis players. Ozmon displayed the grand prize, YETI Roadie, at the club in the month of February to increase interest in the event.

The tournament committee provided lunch and snacks throughout the day and every person walked away with a Rock Hill tennis t-shirt. All 65 competitors were told to rank the tournament on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being poor and 5 being outstanding, 100% of participants rated 4 or more. Competitors could also provide comments and some of those were, “First class tournament” and “Got to play a lot of matches in a relaxed atmosphere.”

Haley Cunningham, marketing and league promotions manager for USTA SC said, “Today’s society is trending towards more social and friendly play. Competitors loved that they could play with and against their friends and meet new people.”

Ozmon and her team focused on improving the experience of tournament play by putting the emphasis on what matters most to a tennis player, more time on court and more fun. “I really enjoyed hosting this tournament and would love to continue doing more of these in the future. The feedback was wonderful,” Ozmon stated.

One day tournaments have also been conducted at Greenwood Country Club, Cayce Tennis Center and Camden Country Club. Participants have been extremely satisfied with an overwhelming response of positive feedback and recommendations to friends. Want to give one of these tournaments a shot? Well you’re in luck! 

The next tournament will be held on May 16 at the KROC Center in Greenville, SC. Click here to register.