Unique One-on-One Doubles tennis coming to Winter Haven

WINTER HAVEN – Started in the 1890s, tennis hasn’t changed much in the last 125-or-so years.

That is, until now.

One-on-One Doubles – played on a doubles court and focusing on volleys – is here. Sanctioned by United States Tennis Association Florida, the game has been played not only on college campuses nationwide, but also at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, home of the U.S. Open. And now, Winter Haven.

According to former Harvard University Women’s Tennis Coach Ed Krass, founder/director of the One-on-One Doubles Shootouts, this style of tennis harkens back to many fans favorite part of the game.

“We don’t see much, if any, service and volley tennis these days,” said Krass. “So this game, One-on-One Doubles, brings this style of entertaining play back to tennis fans.”

On Saturday, April 28, the inaugural Winter Haven One-on-One Doubles Shootout – followed by a live concert – will take place at the Country Club of Winter Haven. The tennis event will run from 2 to 4:30 p.m., with the concert running to 6:30 p.m. The concert features RJ “The Bluesy Roots Rocker” Howson.

Scheduled to play are 1993 French Open Doubles Champion Luke Jensen, 1986 French Open Singles Finalist Mikael Pernfors, Wimbledon Singles quarterfinalist and French Open Doubles quarterfinalist Mel Purcell and the winner of three Grand Slam Doubles titles and one half of the team ranked No. 1 in doubles in 1989, Emilio Sanchez.

“We are excited to bring this event to Winter Haven,” said John Haggar, tennis director at the County Club of Winter Haven.

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