Tournament Promotes Youth Involvement

By: Michael Gorsegner
By: Michael Gorsegner

May 3, 2006

The Boyd Tinsley Tennis Tournament has become a fixture each year here in Charlottesville, bringing professional tennis to the Boar's Head Inn. Today some of those players got to give back to the community.

"Behind us, we have one of the things I'm most proud of about this tournament. This is a coming together of all the kids in the community," said Boyd Tinsley.

The 4th annual Boyd Tinsley Tennis Championships pit some of the finest female tennis players in the world in a week long competition. Those players, along with Tinsley himself, came together to teach interested kids about the sport.

"It's a lot of fun. I don't live here. We don't have stuff like this where I live, so it's fun," said Gaby Bergsohn.

"This has been great. It has been really great. It's a beautiful day and the competition is good and it's just a fun event for them," said Nancy Brooks.

Brooks has two daughters participating in the kids day event. She said she hopes this type of atmosphere will lead them to keep playing.

"They love the sport. Hopefully, they will keep up with it," she said.

In all, nearly 100 kids took part in the annual event. Tinsley says this type of work gives him a chance to give a little back.

"I want to just try and give kids...some of the same opportunities that were given to me by people as a kid in this community," he said.

The community was appreciative of not only the opportunity, but also Tinsley.

"I think it's really fun because you get to be active and move around a lot," said Nikki Lewis.

"It was like someone that is really sponsoring us and I never met him and then finally he popped out up out of nowhere and I got to shake his hand," said Brittany Shipp.

The tournament runs until Sunday at the Boar's Head Inn. The winning purse for this event is $50,000.

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