At the end of the outdoor season, Prospect Park Tennis Center holds an end of the year tournament open to the public. The tournament features a men’s and women’s singles bracket, a men’s and women’s doubles bracket, and a mixed-doubles bracket. Now celebrating its fifth year, the Prospect Park Championships has grown from a modest neighborhood tournament to a large-scale event that attracts high-level talent from throughout the greater metropolitan area.
On the women’s side, Julie Lilien won the tournament and said that, “I play in other tournaments, but really enjoy playing here at these facilities. I hope to play in the men’s draw next year,” she added while chuckling.
Playing in the men’s draw might not be a bad idea, as she had a dominating performance winning the women’s bracket, as well as the mixed-doubles tournament with her partner Robert Cooper.
Keenan Hughes won the men’s draw in his first appearance in the tournament. For Keenan, he decided to play because “It is fun as you get older to realize that you can still compete with high-quality players. It isn’t often that I play competitive tennis anymore, but when I do, it is quite exciting.”
With 64 players on each side of the draw, Julie and Keenan’s victories were well-earned as they look to defend their respective titles at next year’s Prospect Park Championships in 2012.