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Georgian Court Hosts First Court Tennis Tournament of 2010

Lakewood, N.J., Jan. 13, 2010—The United States Court Tennis Association (USCTA) proudly announces that U.S. Parent-Child court tennis tournament will be held this weekend (January 16–17) in the historic 1899 court tennis court in the spectacular Casino at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey. The tournament, which in previous years has been held in Philadelphia, finds a new home this year at Georgian Court.

The court tennis facility at Georgian Court is the second-oldest court tennis court in the United States today. It was home to America’s finest-ever amateur, Jay Gould, who found elite supremacy as U.S. Champion from 1906 through 1926. Georgian Court’s court tennis court is one of less than 10 remaining court tennis courts in the country, and is the only U.S. court located on a university campus.

The love of court tennis is often passed from parent to child, so this tournament focuses on that legacy with eight parent-child doubles teams of varying skill levels that include children, teens, and adults, ranging in age from 9 to 50+. Players from Virginia; Washington, D.C.; Maryland; Pennsylvania; and New York will participate. The tournament will begin on Saturday at 9:00 a.m., and continue until 6:00 p.m. Play will continue at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday with semifinals and finals wrapping up in the early afternoon. The event is open to the media and to interested members of the public. No reservations are required.

For more information about court tennis, including a brief history of the sport, please visit www.georgian.edu/news_releases/090429_jay_gould_cup.htm.

About the Friends of Georgian Court
The Friends of Georgian Court Committee was created to promote play on the court tennis facility located at Georgian Court University. The five members of the committee are all members of the Racquet Club of Philadelphia, a private city club that boasts one of the other remaining court tennis facilities in the United States. Under the guidance of the United States Court Tennis Association, the Friends of Georgian Court seek to revitalize the GCU court through increased usage, teach more people about the game, offer opportunities for intercollegiate and other matches, and overall, elevate the profile of the facility.

About Georgian Court University
Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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