Basica has ATP player to contend with at SB Open

The Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons are set to host its 74th annual adult open tournament this Fourth of July weekend. The tournament is filled with some of Santa Barbara’s top adults and juniors, including Nima Roshan, an ATP tour ranked men’s player in both doubles and singles.

Currently, Roshan is ranked in the top 500 in the world in singles and top 300 in doubles.

Tournament play is scheduled to begin at The Municipal Tennis Courts and at Pershing Park and the finals are scheduled to play at The Tennis Club of Santa Barbara.

Last year, Leo Basica won the men’s open singles draw, beating Adam Webster of Santa Barbara in the finals. However, the local Basica did not win without a fight; the match was three sets long and lasted over 3 ½ hours at The Tennis Club. Basica is competing again in the men’s singles and doubles open draws this year, hoping to claim another title.

While the tournament is targeted towards adult players, many high school and college player are competing as well. Santa Barbara High School players, Avery Chernin and Stephanie Conliffe are competing, as well as Caitlin Mannix from San Marcos, and Amy Sagraves, a former player from Dos Pueblos who now play at Santa Barbara City College.

In addition to tennis, there will be a lot of other things to look forward to at the event.

“This year we have over $4,000 in prize money for the open draws, a raffle, a beer garden, t-shirts, and we are even inducting Jerry Beiber into our Hall of Fame,” said Tennis Patrons director, CathyAnn Simon. “We also have about 150 players competing this year. “

With men’s and women’s players ranging from high school, to college, and even professional, this annual event won’t be something you want to miss this Fourth of July weekend.