Rochester Adult Open tennis preview
What: The Rochester Adult Open tennis tournament.
Where, when: The tournament is Friday-Sunday at the Rochester Outdoor Tennis Center. Friday’s action is strictly for men’s open entrees and begins at 6 p.m.
Saturday’s action, which includes singles and doubles and also all levels, starts at 9 a.m. Sunday’s action, which also includes singles and doubles and all levels, also starts at 9 a.m. The men’s and women’s open singles finals are at 1:30 p.m., with doubles open finals at 3:30 p.m.
Participation levels: Besides men’s and women’s open competition, there are 35-over, 45-over, 55-over, 65-over and 75-over levels for men in singles and doubles. For women, there are also 4.0, 3.5, and 3.0 levels.
Top men: The men’s tournament is headed by a number of Gustavus Adolphus College graduates. The top entry is likely John Kauss, who was the national Division III indoor champion at Gustavus this past year. Also highly regarded are former Gustavus top player Andy Bryan, as well as the current No. 1 ranked player in the USTA Northern Section, Tony Larson. Larson is formerly of St. Cloud State. Nick Croussley, a professional at the Rochester Indoor Tennis Center, is also considered a contender.
Last year’s champion, Adam Morgan, is not entered.
Top women: Tessa Lang of Iowa State is regarded as the top player in the women’s field. Lang, a Chippewa Falls, Wis., native, will be a sophomore at ISU. Other top contenders are Rochester natives Erin Kappers and Caitlin Harper. None of the Rochester native Palen girls are entered, as all will be at a wedding shower for Lindsey Palen.
The top doubles entry is Emily Rogers. The Rochester native and Division I player at Northern Illinois, won the singles title last year but is playing doubles only this time. Rogers will be a sophomore at Northern Illinois.
— Pat Ruff