Player interest in the York City-County Tennis Tournament is growing.
That news brings a smile to the face of Phil Myers, the director for the annual tournament which will begin Thursday and run though Wednesday, June 28. The event will be held again this year at Wisehaven Tennis Center.
"Entries are up in every draw this year," Myers said. "We're pretty much at capacity right now."
The Men's Open Singles and Men's Intermediate Singles draws, which had a total of 32 players last year, jumped to 54 this year. Thirty two are in the Open and 22 in the Intermediate.
The Women's Open Singles draw, while still not large, did go from six to 12 players.
There will also be champions crowned in Men's Open Doubles, Women's Open Doubles, Mixed Open Doubles, Mixed Intermediate Doubles and Men's 50-Plus Doubles.
So what caused more players to sign up this year?.
"We (Myers and the other members of the committee) got at it pretty early this year," Myers said. "I was sending text messages telling players you should play this year."
Myers said the other committee members were a huge help as they took care of the logistics (getting sponsors, trophies, setting up a player party) while he took care of putting the draws together.
"This is first year since I started running the tournament that I've thought more about playing than worrying about the logistics."
Myers, who won the Men's Open Singles title in 2014, is one of six players in the Men's Open and Women's Open Singles who have won City-County singles titles.
Jim Kohr, the all-time record holder with 17 singles title, is back at the age of 49 to bid for his 18th crown. He and Myers are seeded first and second, respectively.
Jared Howat, the 2013 champion, is the No. 3 seed in the Men's Open. Ben Smith is seeded fourth, followed by Elliot Diehl, Mikesh Desai, Adam Hack and Kaltrin Bullaj.
"It's a tough draw this year," Myers said. "There's some very good players in there. You can't take anything for granted."
Katie Lynn, last year's Women's Open Singles champion, returns to try for a repeat. Katie Wagner, the 2015 champion who didn't play last year, is seeded No. 2. Abby Neff Anderson is seeded third followed by last year's runner-up, Lauren Duffy.
Neff Anderson captured the Women's Open Singles crown in 2004.
Following are the first-round matchups in Men's Open Singles and Women's Open Singles.
Men's Open Singles
Kohr vs. Pokopec, Friday, 5 p.m.; Spangler vs. Anderson, Thursday, 7 p.m.; Shue vs. Schram, Friday, 6:30 p.m.; Jones vs. Desai, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.; Bullaj vs. Lehigh, Friday, 4 p.m.; Keffer vs. Weigle, Thursday, 5 p.m.; Shackelford vs. D Trimmer, Friday, 6:30 p.m.; J Trimmer vs. Howat, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.; Smith vs. Hettema, Friday, 6:30 p.m.; Kline vs. Albright, Friday, 5 p.m.' Mucci vs. Sentz, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.; Maderitz vs. Hack, Thurs, 5 p.m.; Diehl vs. Shaffer, Friday, 5 p.m.; Schwartz vs. Tomow, Friday, 5 p.m.; Innerst vs. Heinzelmann, Friday, 5 p.m.; Long vs. Myers, Thursday, 5 p.m.
Women's Open Singles
Lynn, bye; Da Ashwood vs. Eicholtz, Saturday, 5:30 p.m.; Markle vs. Turner, Saturday, 5:30 p.m.; Duffy, bye; Anderson, bye; Schedin vs. Brink, Saturday, 5 p.m.; J Ashwood vs. Pomraning, Saturday, 5:30 p.m.; Wagner, bye.
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