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This week: Summer in the City tennis tourney opens
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The annual Summer in the City tennis tournament, put on by Gainesville Parks and Recreation, opens Tuesday night at Longwood Park in Gainesville.

It is the second of the four yearly tennis tournaments put on by the city. The Spring Swing took place in April, the Northeast Georgia Championships will take place in August and the Fall Classic comes in October.

All four stem from the original tennis city championships, which began in the 1970s, said Gary Sherby, who has been organizing the city’s tennis tournaments since 1986. He added that each tournament draws more than 100 players, ranging from new players playing in their first tournament to local college players and area tennis teachers.

The majority of the players are from the area, but Sherby said that players come from all over the region, from Jefferson, Cumming, Clayton, Toccoa and Athens, among others.

The tournament is split into 28 different divisions, with trophies for first and second place in each. Sherby said that while the draws and brackets will be completed today, players still interested in competing in the event can call him at 678-410-1608 to be considered in case of an injury withdrawal.

ATLANTA OPEN: The 94th year of the Atlanta Open golf tournament, sponsored by Yamaha, starts Monday at the Chattahoochee Golf Club in Gainesville.

The first groups will start at 8 a.m.

The event will feature Georgia PGA players and apprentices, as well as amateurs living in Georgia. Included in the official player roster for the event are Chattahoochee’s own head golf pro, Rodger Hogan, and Gainesville graduate Parks Brown, the defending Class AAA state golf champion for the Red Elephants, who will be competing as an amateur.

ATLANTA BRAVES: It’s a battle of East Division teams. One of the American League’s best, the Yankees, will be at Turner Field in Atlanta for a three-game series against the Braves, one of the NL East’s top teams. Game 1 is 7:10 Monday night.

GWINNETT BRAVES: The Triple-A Braves affiliate, the G-Braves start the week with the final two games of a four-game series against the Pawtucket Red Sox in Pawtucket, R.I., with both Monday and Tuesday’s games starting at 7:05 p.m. Gwinnett returns home to host Columbus, starting with a Thursday doubleheader at Coolray Field.

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