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21st Annual Turkey Bowl Tennis Championships

November 6, 2006 10:31 AM

Steve Sheer

Boca Raton, FL
Raymond James & Associates, a leader in financial planning with a presence in the U.S., Canada and overseas, has been named the title sponsor for the 2006 Turkey Bowl Tennis Championships.  The event, now celebrating its 21st year, is known both nationally and internationally.
 

“It’s a natural tie-in,” said tournament co-director David Sellar.  “It’s a great fit, and in our 21st year, the event has really come of age.”

As the weather cools, the tennis heats up.  Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 22, The Raymond James Turkey Bowl kicks off.  Many world-ranked professionals and aspiring juniors will be competing in singles and doubles at the Swim and Racquet Center in Boca Raton.

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First place prize for the men’s winner will exceed $2,000.  In addition, there is a women’s event and doubles for both men and women.  Play starts at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22, and runs through Sunday, Nov. 26.

“It is a great mix of players.  It’s great to see players get the opportunity to play a rising star and vice versa,” co-director Steve Sheer said.  "There are players from all types of circuits: college tennis, junior tennis, futures, challengers and maybe even a former ATP player or two.  This event brings them all together.”

Once again, the event will host the French National Junior Team whose players, 16 and under, have enjoyed success on the world junior circuit.  Frenchman Gael Montfils, currently ranked in the world's top 20, won the event in 2002.

Each year the event draws more than 100 participants – the area's best tennis players, along with players from Europe, Asia, South America, Morocco, Russia and many other countries – to compete at the Boca Raton site.

Many past tournament winners have gone on to enjoy successful professional careers.  Vince Spadea, a Boca Raton resident (currently ranked among the world's top 50), won this event as a junior.  A junior star named Andy Roddick played, but was not as lucky.  Additionally, Carling Basset and Harold Solomon have participated in past Turkey Bowls.

 

Just as turkeys do this time of year, the event is growing each day.  More and more players are entering the event, and the excitement is building.  Take advantage of the cooler weather and hot talent – swing on over to watch some of the area’s finest tennis!

 

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