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Bordas & Bordas W.Va. Open Returns

Games Begin On Thursday

Photo Provided Tournament director Debbie Pickens and Bordas & Bordas Managing Partner Jamie Bordas stand for a photo for this week’s tennis tournament.

WHEELING — The Wheeling Oglebay Tennis Club (WOTC) is pleased to announce the return of the Bordas & Bordas West Virginia Open, a USTA Level 4 Championship. The tournament will be held Thursday through Sunday on the Oglebay and Wheeling Park clay courts.

Tournament Director Debbie Pickens believes, “With the cancellation of most tournaments in 2020, players of all levels are enthusiastically returning to competition. The WOTC hopes that open, NTRP (ability level), and age divisions will have full draws.”

The tournament will draw players from across the country; they are competing to earn points toward national rankings. Players are being recruited from the United States Tennis Association, the International Tennis Federation, and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

Bordas & Bordas has generously provided $5,000 which will be awarded as prize money in the following divisions: men’s and women’s open singles as well as men’s, women’s, and mixed open doubles. Prize money in these events will be determined based on the size of the draws. Amounts are published on the tournament site.

Bordas & Bordas Managing Partner Jamie Bordas stated, “It is great to see the return of the Bordas & Bordas West Virginia Open this year. We are proud to be the title sponsor of this event.” Bordas said, “The Wheeling community at large benefits from this tournament continuing to be held here locally. Additionally, it certainly helps Oglebay and also allows the athletes to compete at a first-class venue that has so many things to offer.”

One player planning to return to competition in the Men’s Open Singles is Wheeling teaching professional John Chatlak. Chatlak first played the West Virginia Open at the age of 19 in 1979. He has had wins in the Men’s Open Singles in every decade since that first one in the 1970s. If he wins a round this year, he will have wins in six consecutive decades.

Winners in the men’s and women’s open singles in recent years include the following: 2015 Casey Watt (Mooresville, NC) and Marlo Schiffman (Pittsburgh, PA); 2016 Chad Kissell (Hostetter, PA) and Molly Sandberg (Hudson, OH); 2017 Jacob Dunbar (Medina, OH) and Emily Dunbar (Medina, OH); 2018 Nick Bybel (Hilton Head, SC) and Emily Dunbar (Medina, OH); and 2019 Patrick Whaling (Manakin Sabot, VA) and Joelle Kissell (Hostetter, PA). The 2020 tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the history of the West Virginia Open, three players have won five singles titles each; in the men’s open singles Ron Mercer of Pittsburgh, PA, won five championships in the 1990s and Wheeling’s Jeremy McClelland won the men’s open singles five times between 2007 and 2012. In the women’s open singles division, Ruth Haue won every year from 1964 to 1969. In 1990 Kim Watt won the women’s open singles, and 25 years later in 2015 her son Casey Watt would win the men’s open singles. Wheeling’s Missy Bailey Piko won the women’s open singles in 1989.

In addition to the open events, the tournament offers the following NTRP divisions: men’s 4.0 singles and doubles as well as women’s 3.0 and 4.0 doubles. Age level mixed doubles events will be offered for 40 and over and 55 and over.

Finals of the men’s and women’s open singles will be scheduled for the final day of the event, Sunday.

Spectators are invited to view all matches free of charge. Match times will be available online or by calling the Oglebay shop at 304-243-4040.

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