A new and innovative tournament will help close out the 2018 season when UTR Powered by Oracle hosts the California Championships.
The uniquely formatted men's open event will be held at the Jack Kramer Club in Rolling Hills Estates, Calif. from December 15-22 for players of all ages and levels.
The best part? Players will have a chance to compete with some of the best past and present ATP stars including Steve Johnson (UTR 15.49), Taylor Fritz (UTR 15.21), Sam Querrey (UTR 15.40), Tommy Haas and Mardy Fish.
“I wish I had the chance to play in a format like this when I was younger and been able to test my skills against players of all ages, levels and game styles," Querrey said. "It would have been fantastic for my development and given me a better understanding of my game. I’m happy that everyone gets this opportunity now."
The winner of the staggering 512-person draw will be crowned the “Champion of California” and players will compete for a piece of the $30,000 prize money.
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“Most of us live in California and train together, so to crown someone the Champion of California definitely increases the bragging rights for the year,” Johnson said.
The huge draw will be organized by UTRs (Universal Tennis Rankings) meaning players will be placed in the draw based on their level. Though the event is only for men this year, the goal is to grow to more events and divisions including women's in the future.
Along with the crew of ATP talent participating, Tracy Austin is serving as the Honorary Tournament Chair.
“The California Championships is a groundbreaking tennis event and I am honored to help bring it to life,” Austin said. “This event offers juniors, adults and college players an amazing chance to develop and improve their UTR against players of all levels, including today’s top pros.”
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