The 13th annual Boyd Tinsley Clay Court Classic is underway at the Boar's Head Sports Club, as some of the top women's tennis players on the USTA Pro Circuit tour will be in Charlottesville this week.
They were on the court qualifying Sunday, and the field of 32-qualifiers has been whittled down to 16.
Tournament director Ron Manilla says, "The fan support has always been wonderful. I think one of the main reasons we agreed to do this is because we knew the Boar's Head members, and most importantly the community would embrace it. Here you have Easter Sunday, and people are coming in and out just to catch some of the early matches."
Qualifying will continue Monday, with the Main Draw set to begin Tuesday.
The Tinsley Tournament is part of a three-tournament group, in which the highest finisher receives a wild card berth into the French and U.S. Open.
Shelby Rogers is 111th in the world, and will be back to defend her title this week. Some of the best players in the world have played on the clay courts at the Boar's Head, and Manilla says it's not hard to attract top talent.
"They like playing here," says Manilla. "Charlottesville is a great place to come and visit, and the Boar's Head is a great place to play. They just keep coming back because they like playing here. It's really exciting. I can't feel better about it."
The main draw of the Tinsley Tennis Tournament will begin Tuesday at the Boar's Head sports Club.