By Josh Brown
TROY — For years, the Thomas Frydell Memorial Junior Tennis Tournament has offered young players from Miami County and beyond a chance to get summer tournament experience at an easily manageable price.
And this year is no different.
Registration for the Frydell Junior Tennis Tournament — to be held from July 15-18 at Troy Community Park — are already being accepted. The tournament is open to all players from the area, and entry only costs $10.
“I believe it’s the only junior tennis tournament in the summer on public courts in the county anymore,” Tournament Director Dave Moore said. “Schroeder Tennis Center holds its tournaments, but so far as tournaments on public courts, this is the last junior tournament in the county. It’s a chance for kids below 18 that want to play tournament tennis to get that experience.”
The tournament is split up into age brackets on both the boys and girls side, with divisions for 18u, 16u, 14u and 12u. Typically, between 40 and 55 players sign up to play, but last year saw smaller numbers of signups — which led to the 16u and 12u divisions being merged with the other ones.
The tournament also offers singles and doubles brackets on the boys and girls side, as well as a mixed doubles bracket.
“That’s been a neat thing in past years,” Moore said. “It’s been a fun thing to watch. It gives the boys and girls an opportunity to play together on the court which they may not be able to find elsewhere.”
Another thing that sets the Frydell apart is its backdraw.
“That’s important, I think,” Moore said. “Those players that lose in the first round, they still get the chance to play again. It makes sure everyone gets two matches at least. And the backdraw brackets have been interesting to watch over the years, too.”
The tournament began in the early 1970s as a summer rec program event. Current Troy High School tennis coach Mark Goldner got the ball rolling, but it was in the mid-90s that the tournament director at the time, the late Jim Davis, had its name changed to honor Thomas Frydell, a prominent figure in rec tennis from the area.
In the beginning, the tournament was only open to players from Troy, but over the years it has widened its range and now accepts players from all over.
“We draw from all over the north Dayton area,” said Moore, who has ran the tournament for the past 10 years. “We’ve had kids from Dixie, Vandalia, Springfield, Sidney, Greenville and so on play in the tournament.”
Last year, it was a Milton-Union High School player — Phillip Brumbaugh — that claimed the 18u boys division championship. Brumbaugh also teamed with for Troy High School player Ian Stutz in doubles play to win the 18u doubles division. Brumbaugh went on to qualify for the Division II state tournament this past spring along with older brother Matt Brumbaugh in doubles play, and the duo placed fourth at the tournament.
Nathan Kleptz won the 14u division, Craig Mange won the 18u backdraw and Jamey Boezi won the 14u backdraw.
On the girls side, Ashley Wallace swept the 18u titles, winning the singles division and then teaming with Carlie Casiaux to win the 18u doubles division. Sophia McDowell won the 14u division, Allison Sigler won the 18u backdraw and Shelby Mathes won the 14u backdraw.
Players may enter more than one division, but each entry costs $10. The deadline to register is July 10. Forms can be picked up at the Miami County YMCA, Hobart Arena, public libraries or online at www.troyohio.gov — just search the term “Frydell” on the site to find the easiest links.
Completed forms can be mailed to the Troy Recreation Department at 255 Adams St., Troy, Ohio, 45373, or they can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call Tournament Director Dave Moore at (937) 368-2663.
“(Running this tournament) has been a lot of fun for me,” Moore said. “I enjoy watching the kids play, and lately I’ve had kids that I previously coached help me with the tournament. They’ve helped a lot. It’s just a great opportunity for young kids that want to play tournament tennis in the summer.”
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