There won't be a repeat winner this year in the Men's Open Singles Division of the Marion Brown York City-County Tennis Tournament.
Last year's champion, Matt Maguire, is not entered in the draw.
The 2015 runner-up, Phil Myers, is back, however, and so is the man who has won more City-County singles championships than any other player, Jim Kohr.
Kohr, a 16-time winner, lost to Maguire in three sets in last year's semifinals.
Play is scheduled to begin Thursday evening at Wisehaven Tennis Club. The tournament is scheduled to run through next Wednesday, June 15.
Myers is seeded No. 1 this season, followed by Kohr, Nate Gambino and Ben Smith.
Players with a 4.0 rating by the United States Tennis Association compete in the Open Division, while players with a 3.5 ranking compete in the Intermediate Division. Hunter Jones is the top-seeded player in the Intermediate Division.
There are 32 Men's Singles players entered altogether (18 in the Open and 14 in the Intermediate) in the annual event, which is in its 96th year.
There will also be champions crowned in Women's Singles, along with doubles play, but those draws still have to be put together.
"In going with the Open and Intermediate divisions, the idea was to keep play competitive on two levels," said Myers, who, along with competing, is in his fourth year as tournament director. "I was hoping to level out at a little higher number, in regards to players, but we have people on vacations."
Wearing two hats: Myers, the director of tennis at Wisehaven, said wearing two hats, player and director, is a challenge.
"When you're playing, you want to be totally focused with what's happening on the court, but sometimes, something is in the back of your mind (regarding the tournament)," he said.
Myers, though, was quick to point out that he has help in running the tournament.
"Kristine Criswell is my assistant again this year and Dave Pottle has been helping out with the Web site and with recruiting players," Myers said.
Myers, a York High and York College graduate, began competing in City-County during his high school days. He would like to see more young people, in particular high school players, enter the tournament.
"You would think that the top three players from all the high schools would play," he said. "When I was in high school, a lot of players got in the draw. It's a little disheartening. It's like pulling teeth to get people into the draw."
Three Men's Open Singles matches will be played on Thursday. Pat Albright will take on Nick Jones at 5 p.m., Austin Pokopec will face Dylan Ryans at 6 p.m., and Phil Plank will clash with Everette Hettema at 6:30.
The winners will move into the Round of 16.
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