Sweet 16 to be held in Springfield
August 30, 2018
The USTA Missouri Valley has released its 2019 Junior Tournament Schedule, and among the highlights is the announcement that the marquee junior event of the summer will have a new home, the organization announced this week.
The Sweet 16 will be held June 19-23 at Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield, Missouri.
Cooper Tennis Complex was selected by a collaborative effort of the Sanction and Schedule Committee and the Junior Competition Committee through an open bidding process.
The players who compete in the tournament represent the top-level junior tennis players in the USTA Missouri Valley. Each year, there are more than 6,000 players that compete in USTA Missouri Valley Junior Tournaments. Players compete in levels of competition through earned advancement in the 12s, 14s, 16s, and 18s age divisions.
For the full 2019 USTA Missouri Valley Junior Tournament Schedule, click here.
Cooper Tennis Complex includes 17 outdoor lighted courts, 12 indoor courts and a 2,500-seat Mediacom Stadium Court, home of the Springfield Lasers. It also includes a full-service pro shop with racquet stringing and grip services, locker rooms with showers, a fitness room with exercise equipment and free weights, a conference room and a large meeting area.
The Springfield Lasers World TeamTennis franchise has called Cooper home since the team’s founding in 1996. Cooper hosts a wide range of annual USTA events, junior national championship events and the 2002 Fed Cup World Group Playoff between the US and Israel.
“Cooper Tennis Complex is a first-class facility that will provide our players, coaches and spectators an excellent experience during the Sweet 16,” said Nikki Chambers, Program Manager for Junior Competition at the USTA Missouri Valley. “Given the unpredictable nature of midwest weather, having indoor backup onsite will be a tremendous benefit.”
With the additional outdoor courts, the tournament will also be shortened by one day. The 12s and 14s will begin on Wednesday, June 19 as opposed to the customary Tuesday start. The 12s and 14s will conclude on Saturday, June 22, while the 16s and 18s divisions will begin on June 20 and conclude on June 23.
While in Springfield, players, coaches and spectators can enjoy a variety of attractions that are fun for the whole family. Nature lovers can visit famous attractions such as the Grandaddy of all outdoor stores, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World; venture into North America’s only ridethrough cave at Fantastic Caverns; or take a scenic stroll on the trails at Springfield Conservation Nature Center. Baseball fans can also get up close and personal with tomorrow’s major leaguers while attending a game of the Springfield Cardinals, double-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, at Hammons Field.