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State Championship of Tennis Returns to Goldsboro for 5th Straight Year

Since 2013the United States Tennis Association (USTA) North Carolina has continued to call Goldsboro home to the USTA North Carolina Singles League State Championships.  This year, the tournament will be headquartered at historic Herman Park on October 12th -15th, and spectators are welcome to watch and enjoy the park facilities at no cost.

450 of the state’s best tennis players will face off over the three-day tournament this weekend utilizing a minimum of 48 courts throughout Goldsboro, Wayne County and Greene County. Since Goldsboro’s first year hosting the USTA North Carolina Singles League State Championships in 2013, the tournament has grown from 300 to 450 players generating an estimated economic impact of almost $1 million over the last 5 years to the local economy.

“Goldsboro is one of my favorite areas to host a State Championship. Their facilities are fantastic, the hotels are accommodating to our needs, but most of all, the people are the absolute best to work with,” explained Jenny Phelps, Director of Adult League Tennis – USTA North Carolina, when asked what makes Goldsboro an appealing destination for the sport. “I was impressed with the level of hospitality and excellent customer service…will keep our tournament coming to Goldsboro as long as they will have us!”

The 2016 championships were scheduled originally for October 6th-9th, but the devastation of Hurricane Matthew caused the tournament to be rescheduled a couple of months later in December. The USTA NC office coordinated a toy and food drive with the Goldsboro Salvation Army to help families affected by the flooding. An estimated 180 toys and 400 cans of food were collected and donated over the course of the tournament weekend.
Goldsboro will host the championships again in October of 2018.

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For more information regarding the NC Singles League State Championship 2017, email Ashlin Glatthar, Tourism Director for City of Goldsboro, aglatthar@goldsboronc.gov.

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