Tourney boosts top-tier tennis

A $15,000 men’s Futures Tennis Tournament will be held in Kelowna from June 30-July 8.

A $15,000 men’s Futures Tennis Tournament will be held in Kelowna from June 30-July 8.

Joachim Nierfeld, regional director of Tennis Canada, made the announcement Tuesday.

Futures stops provide an opportunity for pro players to improve their world rankings and gain entry into the ATP Tour and Grand Slam events. The tournament will attract players with world rankings as good as No. 200, plus top NCAA Division I University players transitioning from collegiate play to the pro level.

B.C.’s top men and junior competitors will also battle in the highest level of tennis seen in Kelowna. Sanctioned by Tennis Canada, the event takes place at the Parkinson Recreation Centre back courts.

“This elite tournament will inspire our rising junior stars and provide great entertainment for tennis fans in the region,” said Nierfeld. “It will promote tennis in the Okanagan.”

Alongside the Futures Tournament, a Little Aces community tennis program will be featured through the week, designed for players ages 12 and under.

Said Ryan Clark, Tennis B.C. CEO: “We have been growing grass-roots programs in the region over the past four years and now is the time to add larger events to bring profile to the high-quality work that the local leaders have been doing.”