DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Some of the best tennis players in the world are in Dallas this week for the 2012 Challenger of Dallas tennis tournament.
The event is in its 14th year at the TBarM Racquet Club.
“This is professional tennis at its best,” said tournament chairman Glen Agritelley.
The Challenger of Dallas is the largest professional men’s tennis event in North Texas and brings top-ranked tennis players from all over the world together for a one-of-a-kind tournament.
“I’m excited to be here because it’s a great event,” said professional tennis player, Maciek Sykut, of Poland. “I’ve heard a lot about it.”
“I just love the fact that there’s so many people coming out, a lot of fans,” said Dominic Inglot, of the United Kingdom, “the sponsors are great, they try to make an event out of it with a lot of booths on the center court.
Inglot and Sykut are just two of the players competing this week for a $100,000 prize.
“Winning would be really nice,” said Inglot, who is competing in the tournament for the second time, “that’s number one on the agenda.”
“It’s a $100,000 event and there’s a lot at stake and a lot of points,” Sykut said, “I’m just grateful to be in the event and looking forward to competing.”
The event is open to the public.
Avid tennis players and even those who are not so athletic can still participate and are invited to attend.
“This event is for everyone. It is a great way to get out with the family for an evening of entertainment,” Agritelley said, “there’s a lot of activity outside just the tournaments themselves.”
Amateur athletes and club members got to test their skills on the court along side the pros during morning tennis clinics, which served up a unique opportunity for tennis fans.