Early in his ongoing 26-year career as Pleasant Valley boys tennis coach, Randy Brockhage felt his players needed more tournaments to improve in competition.
United States Tennis Association tournaments required membership and another cost on top of the entry fee for whatever event they were participating in. Kids were just not playing in very many tournaments, then, Brockhage said.
So working with the likes of Bill Moylan, Jim Russell and Glenn Pelecky, Brockhage opted to start the PV Open Tennis Tournament. Now in its 20th year, it has both adult and youth divisions.
“Basically, it’s another opportunity for kids to play in tournaments,” Brockhage said. “To be good, you need to (play in tournaments).
This year’s tournament will run Aug. 3-5 and be played on the Bettendorf High School tennis courts due to construction around Pleasant Valley High School. Brockhage hopes to attract more than 100 participants.
There are four youth divisions, starting at 12-and-under up to 18-and-under in both singles and doubles.
Though the adult division is for anyone over 18, younger teens can enter that division if they so desire.
The tournament is seeded. There is just one adult singles division each for males and females and both a male and female doubles division and a mixed doubles division.
Trophies will be given for first and second places in youth singles and doubles divisions while plaques will be given to adult top two finishers.
“We wanted to encourage kids to play in it,” Brockhage said. “Then they would not be so apprehensive to play in other tournaments.”
Brockhage also said adults are welcome as part of the tournament's goal to offer an event for all the people in the community.
And the fact that the tourney has made it to its 20th year means something to Brockhage.
“Basically the fact that it’s something you started 20 years ago and it’s still going strong,” he said. “Because it’s been 20 years and we keep putting on a tournament and people keep coming and enjoying it, a lot of good tennis is played and a lot of good times are had. I am just proud of it and like to keep it going.”