Posted at: 06/25/2013 5:28 PM
Updated at: 06/25/2013 5:58 PM
By: Robin De Wind
The first round at Wimbledon continued Tuesday with the women taking the grass court. The tennis world may be focused on England, but back here at home, future tennis stars are trying to earn their way up the ranks.
The Tennis Club of Rochester is hosting some of the best young tennis talent from across the country this week. The Linda Bogden Memorial Futures Tournament got underway Tuesday. The best college players and young professionals from across the country and 15 countries taking part in the U.S. Tennis Association Pro Circuit Tournament, competing for money and valuable USTA points.
While our area may be recognized as a gold tour, there is a strong tennis connection in Rochester, which makes this a draw. Evening crowds can grow up to 800 people who want to come out and see these future tennis stars. Some of them are local like Harley School graduate and now Duke junior Jason Tahir, who has been playing at the Tennis Club of Rochester since he was nine.
Jason Tahir, Duke Junior, said, "You get to play against a bunch of different, guys that are 26-years-old or 27-years-old and you play a lot of good players and win some matches and keep improving and moving up a level."
Steve Pike, Tournament Director, said, "It's like the Red Wings to the Twins, it's the minor leagues of tennis. Minor leagues of tennis are designed to prepare players to get to the pro tour. We had a player that won a couple years ago who played against Roger Federer, it's neat to see our players make the pro tour."
The tournament is held in memory of Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr's daughter, Linda Bogden, who was an avid tennis player. The tournament is sponsored by the Buffalo Bills. For more information on the tournament, click here.