Tennis enthusiasts just love the Dr Pepper Tennis Tournament.
Entering its 30th year, the tournament starts Thursday night at McMinville Civic Center with champions expected to be crowned in 10 divisions on Saturday.
“We have about 50 people in this year’s tournament, which is a little down, but tennis is going strong in Warren County,” said tournament organizer and 25-year tennis coach David Dunlap. “Our winter tennis league is really full. We had 22 teams and 44 players in it this year. I give a lot of tennis lessons too for adults and kids. The lessons really pick up in the spring right before tennis season starts.”
The Dr Pepper Tennis Tournament is the second of the summer and features players from Warren County and beyond. Dunlap won’t be competing this week due to a lingering ankle injury, but he’s still found time to golf.
Dunlap hit the first hole-in-1 of his life this summer at WillowBrook on hole No. 11. The shot was witnessed by Willie Stowe, Mike Stanton and Jordan Turner.
Dr Pepper Tournament Lineup
Men’s A Singles
Paul Montgomery, bye
Jake Hunt vs. Jesus Mercado, Thursday, 6:15 p.m.
Chase Owens vs. Jeffery Gaines, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
John Simmons vs. Zack King, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Men’s A Doubles
Paul Montgomery & Jeffery Gaines vs. Brian Rohn & Jake Ward, Friday, 5 p.m.
Daniel Gillespie & Bobby Kirby vs. Salem McGregor & Michael Grissom, 7:30 p.m.
Chase Owens & Barry Owens, bye
Mixed A Doubles
Dana Ledbetter & Brian Thurman vs. Kristy Robinson & Ben Walker, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
Men’s B Singles
Round Robin – Tanner Robinson vs. Trace Robinson vs. Daniel Campos, beginning Saturday at 9:45 a.m.
Men’s B Doubles
Lester Cowell & Jed Cowell, bye
Jeff Womack & Wayne Moore vs. Terry Hines & David Netherton, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Mike Netherton & Peter Hines vs. Mike Pierce & Duane Sherrill, Friday, 6:15 p.m.
Tanner Robinson & Ben Walker, bye
Mixed B Doubles
Kristy Robinson & Trace Robinson, bye
Megan Bates & Dalton Bates vs. Mary Ella Lee & Mike Pierce, Thursday, 6:15 p.m.
Rachel Kirby & Bobby Kirby vs. Jessica Duncan & Andy Evans, Friday, 5:30 p.m.
Men’s C Singles
Ben Campos vs. Jordan Rohr, Friday, 5 p.m.
Austen Smith vs. Alex Cope, Thursday, 6:15 p.m.
Luke Irwin vs. David Netherton, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Men’s C Doubles
Round Robin – Tim Tipps & Justin Emslie vs. Daniel Campos & Ben Campos vs. Bob Sauer & Jackson Sauer, beginning Thursday at 6:15 p.m.
Women’s A Singles
Mary Ella Lee vs. Rachel Stewart, Saturday, 12:15 p.m.
Zoye Wilcher vs. Tori Robinson, Saturday, 9:45 a.m.