| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff


Centercourt Athletic Club of Chatham in Chatham, N.J. will play host to the Centercourt Shootout, a Men’s Professional Tennis Tournament, set for Friday-Sunday, July 12-14. The Centercourt Shootout will feature eight ATP Tour players battling it out for $50,000 in prize money, winner-take-all.

“Centercourt Club & Sports is a leader in family tennis programming and events. New Jersey has a large tennis base and did not host a professional tennis event in the state and we wanted to provide an up close opportunity to watch competitive tennis in our own backyard,” said Clay Bibbee, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Centercourt. “The event will feature fierce competition with a $50K winner. The drama of the finals on Sunday is not to be missed with a three-set, no-tiebreaker format.”

Centercourt put together a de facto pilot program for the event last year, as Long Island native and current ATP Tour player Noah Rubin defeated Matija Pecotic of Croatia 6-1, 6-3 in the finals of last year’s $15,000 prize money tournament.

Now back and better in its second year, Centercourt has added significantly to the Shootout for this summer, with $35,000 more on the line. Just this week, it announced that former Wimbledon semifinalist Sam Querrey will be competing in the tournament.

Beyond the Men’s Professional tournament, the week leading up to the finals will feature a variety of events and competitions for all ages and levels.

“My team decided that we should have events throughout the week to include the participation of all ages and levels,” said Bibbee. “We invite all juniors to compete in our level-based Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) tournament, which includes mentoring opportunities throughout the week, a Ninja Exhibition and other events.”

The whole event series begins on July 10 with the start of the Junior UTR Tournament, preceded by a warm-up clinic with Coach Chuck Kriese and other Centercourt Performance Tennis coaches.

The tournament continues into the week with a number of off-court activities, including a Poolside Player Party, New Balance Raffle Day, a Ninja Exhibition & Clinic and the New York Open Skills Challenge.

In addition to the Men’s Shootout and Junior UTR Tournament, there will be an Amateur Adult Prize Money tournament and Women’s One Day Doubles event, all part of what encompasses the 2019 Centercourt Shootout Week.

“We’re excited to have the whole community involved with the week-long events,” said Bibbee. “The Sunday Final event will feature food trucks, sponsor tents, music and a tennis skills challenge open to all! In addition to the Men’s Professional and Junior UTR Tournament, there are Men’s and Women’s Singles and Doubles prize money events, and a Women’s One Day Cup event held during the week. The overwhelming community support and enthusiasm for the only professional tennis event last year inspired our team to expand to a week-long series of events.”