Its been an annual Charlottesville tradition every spring for the last 13 years: The Boyd TInsley Clay Court Classic.
Qualifying play began for this year's Tournamnet Sunday at the Boar's Head, site of the $50,000 event featuring some of the top female tennis players on the USTA Pro Circuit.
"It's just such a wonderful tournament," Director Ron Manilla said. "It's a nice event for the community, and having Boyd behind it every single time it just keeps growing."
The week-long Tournament is highlighted by not just the stellar play on the court, but also the annual player's party, attended by the Dave Matthews Band member himself.
On the court, this year's competition is expected to be fierce, with reigning champion Shelby Rogers and Melanie Oudin, the 2012 champ, in the mix.
"You know we've always been lucky and had really good fields but this one seems to be, from top to bottom all through the qualifying, a really strong field," Manilla explained.
Most notably, the field will have a very "red, white and blue" feel to it this year.
"What's really exciting is how many USA players are in it. Of the top 10 seeds in the main draw, six of them are from the United States and that's just a sign that women's tennis is very, very healthy in the States."
Main draw play begins Tuesday, with the championship matches for singles and doubles held Sunday.
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