April - , 2019
Camilla, GA

44th Annual Mitchell County Pro Tennis Invitational

The Mitchell County Tennis Invitational is the most famous tennis event of its kind in Georgia and probably the United States. It has raised more than $1.5 million and will give over $300,000 to charities this year. We also received the Senior Service Award (2006) at the 2007 USTA convention in Tucson, Arizona. This is the first time the USTA has given this award to the southern division of the USTA. Learn more about our charities.

If you are interested in attending or wish to request more information, please contact us.

Click here to see our writeup in USTA Southern Tennis News.

Congratulations to last year's pro champions! — Ewa Radzikowska, Arturo Nieto, Peter Lloyd, Kip Layman, Zane Krog, Mauricio Roveri — and pro/am champions! — Coy Chambers, Dey Palmer, Dan Bollinger, Courtney Rubendall, Cindy Anglin, Carol Shiver, Ladonna Delk

Players

  • Richard Barrett United States of America

    Richard was ranked as the #1 Junior in Alabama and went on to play for the University of South Florida in Tampa. In “1997” he was ranked in the top 20 in Singles in the world and #1 in Singles in 40’s in the South. Richard played on the USTA Professional Circuit and was a Personal Tennis Professional for HRH Prince Mileb bin Abdullah in “1986-1988”. He also served as the Director of Tennis for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from “1983-1986”. Richard is now Director of Tennis for The Montgomery YMCA.

  • Steve Brandt United States of America

    Steve was runner-up in the State High School Championship in Minnesota and received a full tennis scholarship to Rollins College in Florida. He was ranked #4 in the south in the Men's Open and #10 in the Nation in 40's. Steve now owns a computer business in Atlanta, GA.

  • David Buerkle United States of America

    David played four years at Belmont Abbey College, where he was named All-Conference in 1994. In 1995, he was the CIAC Conference Singles and Double Champion. David was also named an NAIA All-American Scholar Athlete and NAIA All-American Scholar Athlete and NAIA second team All-American. He was ranked #10 Doubles Team in the NAIA. In 2001, he was the Men's Open Florida State Closed Doubles Champion and ranked- #4 USPTA Grand Prix Men's Open. David was also ranked #1 USTA Doubles Team in the nation in 2002. Dauid is the Director of Tennis at Doublegate County Club in Albany. David & Maria are expecting their 10th little Buerkle this year!

  • Agata Cioroch Poland

    Agata was one of the top junior players while growing up in Warsaw, Poland. She receiued a full tennis scholarship at the Uniuersity of Georgia from 2001 to 2005. She has achieved many accomplishments including NCAA number #1 Singles Ranking in 2003 and 2004 NCAA National Indoor Singles Champion in 2002 and 2004, NCAA #1 Doubles Ranking in 2003, ITA All Star Team 2003 and 2004 and All American Honors in 2002, 2003 & 2004. She was the Honda Award for tennis nominee in 2003, the ITR National Player to watch in 2002, and had a school record of 33-0 her freshmen year in 2001. She receiued All SEC Academic Honor Roll Award in 2003 and 2004. Currently works as the Head Tennis Pro at the Piedmont Driving Club in Atlanta, GA.

  • Jeff Davis United States of America

    Jeff played tennis at the Uniuersity of South Florida from 1975-1979. He won the University of South Florida "Athlete of the Year" in 1979. He was a 3-Time Sun Belt Conference Champion in #1 Singles and Doubles. He has won 4 times in World Top 10 in ITF, 12 times in USA Top 10 in USTA, and 12 times in Florida #1 USTA. He played on 1994 Italia Cup for USA, 2004 Potter Cup for USA, and his Career High ATP ranking is #375.

  • Stephen Enochs United States of America

    Stephen won two times in singles and doubles All American at the University of Georgia. He is a 1987 member of the NCAA Championship at Georgia. He is also a Semi-Finalist in the NCAA singles championship. Stephen played on the ATP Tour from 1989-1991 and was ranked in the top 300 in singles and top 200 in doubles. In 2000, he won the National Clay Court Doubles with his partner Jose Campos. Stephen was #1 in the Nation’s Men’s 40 Doubles in 2013. He also won the National Clay Courts Men’s 40’s in 2011 and 2012. Stephen is currently President of Enochs Investments in Atlanta and actively teaches tennis on the side to friends in need.

  • Evan Fowler South Africa

    Evan was born in Durban, South Africa. He was ranked #1 in 18s in Singles in South Africa and #2 in 18s in Singles and Doubles in Africa. Evan played in the Junior Australian Open and Wimbledon. He went on to play tennis for the University of South Alabama from 2000-2004 and was named the South Alabama International Athlete of the Year. Euan is a CPA in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • Vanaka Gunawardhana Sri Lanka

    Vanaka is currently Head Tennis Professional at Laurel Springs Tennis in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He is involved with the Sri Lankan World Youth Cup Squad and Sri Lankan Davis Cup Team 1996-1997. Vanaka is the highest National Ranking #1 in Sri Lanka, NAIA College Ranking #3 in doubles and two times USTA National Champion 5.5.

  • John Hanna United States of America
    • Berry College Tennis Team 1985-1989
    • Record holder for most Conference Titles at Berry College [3 Singles, 4 Doubles and 3 Team Titles]
    • All Conference 4 years [1985-1989]
    • Ranked #1 in Doubles in GA in 1996
    • Names "40 under 40" by Tennis Industry Magazine--Most influencial people in tennis along with Patrick McEnroe and Lindsay Davenport
    • 2003 GPTA [GA Professional Tennis Association] "Male Player oof the Year"
    • Atlanta Pro League Champion Teams in 1998 and 2008
    • Currently play 10-12 Charity Pro-Am events in Atlanta each year
    • Publisher of the ALTA [Atlanta Lawn Tennis Association] Net News Magazine since 1991
    • Ad Director of RSI Magazine [Racquet Sports Industry] since 2003
  • Hannah Keeling United Kingdom

    Hannah is an ITF Pro Tour Competitor. She is the former top junior player in the United Kingdom. Hannah is the Assistant Men & Women’s Coach at Georgia Gwinnett College. She is a Ginepri Performance Tennis player. Hannah was named the NCAA DII Top 20 player, NCAA First Conference player singles and doubles 2011-2015, and NCAA Final 4.

  • Zane Krog South Africa

    Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Zane played tennis before deciding to come to the United States of America. He played in the South African circuit for a year before enrolling at the University of Colorado at Boulder on a Tennis Scholarship. From the university, Zane transferred to a Junior College where he played for one year. He ended up being ranked #6 in the nation in JUCO before moving back to a D1 school at the University of Northern Iowa. Zane ended his tennis career there and moved to Atlanta to teach tennis, and fulfill his passion for working in a pediatric therapy field, a passion both he and his wife share, while being parents to two amazing kids.

  • Kip Layman United States of America
    • 1991 and 1992 Virginia State Champion
    • Full four year scholarship and played #1 and #2 singles at the University of Alabama
    • Played in the Quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament and was team captain 1994-1996
    • Named the 2002 Georgia Professional Tennis Association Player of the Year
    • Presently Director of Tennis at the Standard Club in Atlanta
  • Peter Lloyd Australia

    Peter is a native of Australia where he won the Australian Junior Championship at age 16. From 1978-1982 he played collegiate tennis at the University of Georgia. While there, Peter won five outdoor Southeastern Conference titles, was an All-SEC Conference player and was Captain of the Men’s Top 4 National team. He was also a finalist at the Orange Bowl International Junior Championships. After college, he played professionally on the ATP Tour throughout the U.S.A. and at the U.S. Open and traveled worldwide in Africa, Europe and Australia and reached a world ranking of 280 in Singles. He retired in the late 1980s and has been teaching tennis in Atlanta. He was the “1996” Champion of Atlanta’s AT&T Million Dollar Challenge Men’s National Clay Courts. The Georgia Professional Tennis Association has recognized him five times as “Male Player of The Year.” He is currently a tennis professional at the Standard Club in Atlanta.

  • Nanely de Martini Peru
    • Born in Lima, Peru
    • Won 10 and under World Cup at age 9
    • #1 in Peru, 10’s through 18’s
    • #1 in South America in 12’s, 14’s and 16’s
    • Played Federation Cup at age of 15
    • #9 in the world in Juniors
    • Played WTA Tour at age 17-19
    • Best wins: Amelie Mauresmo, Patty Schnyeder and Anna Kournikova in Juniors
    • Presently tennis professional at Bridgemill Tennis Academy in Canton, Georgia
  • Geoff Moore Australia

    Geoff is a former touring professional from Brisbane, Australia. He has won the Atlanta Senior lnvitational Singles Championship 3 times, the USTA national Singles 2 times and the USTA national Doubles 4 times. He is the former Canadian Men 35s Singles and Doubles Champion, as well as the former Florida men 35s Singles and Doubles Champion. Geoff is the current USTA National Men 60s Doubles Clay Champion. He is married to Mary and has three children. He has been playing in Mitchell County for over 30 years, along with supporting the event, which is by far, his favorite. Geoff presently holds the position of Tennis Professional at IBIS Golf & Country Club in West Palm Beach, FL.

  • B.J. Munroe The Bahamas

    B.J. is currently 34 years of age and grew up in the Bahamas. He played I.T.F. Junior events throughout the Caribbean. He also played college tennis at Ohio State. B.J. had an ATP singles and doubles ranking (career high of 27 doubles) from 2004-2008. He represented his native Bahamas in Davis Cup over a dozen times. He won the prestigious "Lucky Number 7" singles event in Montego Bay, Jamaica in 2005.

  • Arturo Nieto Venezuela

    Arturo was born and raised in Venezuela where he grew up playing tennis since the age of four. He comes from a tennis family with both sisters have received full scholarships to play college tennis in the US. He was ranked Top 10 in the country in Juniors 10-18 years of age and then received a scholarship to play at Jacksonville State University where he played for four years. Arturo was a captain of his team during his junior and senior years and played lines 1-2 singles and 1-2 doubles for the majority of his college career. During his senior year, Arturo helped JSU tennis win its first ever Ohio Valley Conference title at D1.

    He also earned the all-conference first team during his senior year. He worked at the Windward Tennis Academy for four year working with top-level juniors and adults. Arturo has been certified with PTR and GPTA for ten years and he is also part of the GPTA Board of Directors. He is currently the Tennis Director at Polo Golf & Country Club in Cumming, GA. Arturo is happily married to his wife, Erin, for almost 6 years now and they have two boys, Emerson (3) and Evan (10 months).

  • Ewa Radzikowska Poland

    Ewa has always been involved with the sport of tennis, ever since she could remember. She has been very fortunate to have played within many different levels of the sport, most notably the WTA Tour (the highest ranking and State Grade Pennant), in which she claimed the Championship title and Player of the Year in Melbourne, Australia. Since finishing her career in tennis, Ewa has been traveling between the United States and Australia. She is currently employed at the Ginepri Performance Academy in Marietta, GA.

  • Horace Reid United States of America

    Horace played Singles at UCLA from “1973-1975”. He then played on the ATP Tour from “1979-1980, during which time he was ranked #269 in Singles. He won the National USTA Clay Courts Singles Championship as well as the Atlanta Senior Invitational 45’s Singles and Doubles in “2001”. He currently resides in Camilla, Georgia where he is Mitchell County's Tennis Director.

  • Mauricio Roveri Brazil

    Mauricio ranked #15 nationally in the Junior Circuit in Brazil for Singles. He played College tennis at Columbus State Uniuersity and was named nCAA II Freshman of the !!ear in 199?. mauricio ranked #5 nationally in nCAA Diuision II Singles in 1998 and ranked #2 nationally in nCAA Diuision II Doubles in 1999. He was '-I-time All American from 199?-2000 and "Athlete of the !!ear" with honors at Columbus State Uniuersity and Peach Belt Conference "Player of the !!ear" in 2000. mauricio played in the pro circuit for approHimately 12 months (1998-1999). He was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Columbus State Uniuersity in 2008. He was LISTA 5.5 national Champion in 2013. mauricio participated in EHhibitions with ffielanie Oudin (2007) and Simona Halep (2013).

  • Brad Sceney Australia

    Brad grew up playing tennis in Australia and was a top ranked junior player representing Australia on international teams. He captured the Australian Open Junior Doubles Title Pepperdine University All-American and career singles win leader. Brad won a Singles ATP Ranking of 600 and Doubles ATP Ranking of 300. He is the Director of Tennis at White Columns Golf and Country Club. Brad’s wife is the Director of Tennis at Polo Golf and Country Club. Brad and his wife have two girls, Elle and Isla.

  • Rich Schmidt United States of America

    Rich is 53 years old and resides in Orlando, Fl. with his wife, Michelle. They have two children: Connor and Callie. Rich was born in Chicago, IL, but raised in Janesville, WI. He attended the University of Arkansas. He is currently the Director of Tennis Winter Park Racquet Club. Rich's tennis highlights include: 2 times Wisconsin State Champ; 2 times All American-University of Arkansas; Semi Final (Doubles) OCAA Championships; Played World Team Tennis-Wellington Aces, Miami breakers; Qualified for the US Open, Australian Open, ATP Championships, Lipton, Volvo, etc.; Best results 3rd Australian Open doubles; Play senior euents around the world. Ranked #1 USA and #3 World ITF in 2007; national titles in the 4Os, 45s, & 50s age group in Singles and Doubles; Teamed with Tobias Svantesson to win the Nuueen Senior Championships (Legends); Highest ranking: ATP 260 Singles, 125 Doubles. His Coaching Highlights: USTA-Professional Development Coach 96-2001; Owner of Champions Academy 2003-2011; World Cup Captain-Dusseldorf, Germany for Sampras, Roddick and Blake.

  • Jen Sinclair United States of America

    Jen ranked Top 10 in Florida and Top 50 in the nation in every group in Juniors. She played Division 1 Tennis at University of South Florida. Jen won Amateur Austrailian Open National Tournament 2 years in a row (’08 and ’09). Jen was a finalist in the US Open National playoffs.

  • Tobias Svantesson Sweden

    Tobias was born in Malmo, Sweden and graduated from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. He played on the World Tour from 1986-1993 and was ranked as high as 89th in Singles and 60th in Doubles. During the World Tour, he won the Doubles US Clay Court Championship. In 1999, he won both Sweden and the United States Clay Court Championships in Singles 35 and ouer. In 2000, he won an euent on the Senior Tour in Doubles with his partner Richard Schmidt. Tobias was #1 in the United States in Singles 35 and over in 2000. In 2014, he won the 50 and over World Championship in doubles with Mikael Pernfors. He is currently residing in Orlando, FL.

  • Spencer Talmadge United States

    Spencer is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, class of 2013. He concluded his career second in school history in doubles wins (83), ranked as high as #21 in ITA Doubles rankings. He earned a monogram all four tears, competing in the NACAA Championships each year and winning the 2013 Big East Conference Championship. From 2006-2008, Spencer was ranked #1 in doubles and Top 5 in singles in Northern California Boy’s 16’s & 18’s. Spencer is currently the Associate Tennis Merchant at PGA Tour Superstores based out of Roswell, GA.

Location

Mitchell County Tennis Center

85 Industrial Blvd, Camilla, GA 31720

The Mitchell County Tennis Center under the direction of Horace Reid, Tennis Professional, currently offers many programs that include USTA supported tennis programs, leagues and clinics, USA Team Tennis, Tennis Camps, Advanced Academies, Tuesday Night Ladies Doubles, Monday Night Men’s Doubles, and private lessons. The facilities and programs allow Mitchell County residents and visitors the opportunity to participate in leisure and sporting activities throughout the year.

Lodging

  • Eagle Eyrie Bed & Breakfast

    135 East Broad Street, Camilla
    Contact - Bill & Janet Crane (229) 336-8811

  • Camilla Inn

    600 US Highway 19 South, Camilla
    (229) 336-0731

  • Days Inn

    300 US Highway 19 South, Camilla
    (229) 336-0330

  • Western Motel

    331 US Highway 19 South, Camilla
    (229) 336-7600

  • Super 8 Motel

    122 Progress Ave., Pelham
    (229) 294-8894 or (800) 800-8000

For more information on local accommodations and restaurants, visit Mitchell County's official web site.

Schedule of Events and Socials

Day 1

Friday April 26, 2019
  1. 9:00 am

    Pro Matches

    Pro matches will begin at 9:00AM on Friday, April 26th and will continue throughout the day. This is high level tennis that you need to see! These pros come from all over to participate in this event.

  2. 12:00 pm

    Tennis Clinic w/ Pros

    For the clients of the Mitchell Baker Service Center

  3. 4:00 pm

    Junior (18 and under) Clinic w/ Pros

  4. 7:30 pm*

    Social

    Hosted by Hays LTI (Map)

    Cooks: Michael Shiver, Tim Williams, and Bernie Shiver
    Menu: Brisket, Chicken, Sweet Potatoes, Potato Salad, Layered Salad
    Desserts: Deborah Sanders

    Mitchell County Tennis ladies will be assisting with serving.

    Entertainment by Parker Raley

Day 2

Saturday April 27, 2019
  1. 9:00 am

    Pro Matches Begin

  2. 10:30 am

    Ladies’ Clinic w/ Pros

  3. 1:30 pm

    “Beat the Pro”

    Open to all ages. This is a fun event that you don't want to miss!

  4. 2:15 pm

    Pro/Am Team Play

    This is also an event that you don't want to miss. Local players are paired with a pro to compete against another local player and a pro. Come out and support your favorite local tennis player!

  5. 7:30 pm*

    Social at the Camilla Depot

    Menu: Seafood buffet by Kebo’s and Desserts by Deborah Sanders

    DJs to Go from Thomasville will be providing entertainment.

Day 3

Sunday April 28, 2019
  1. 12:00 pm

    "Picnic at the Courts"

  2. 1:30 pm

    Professional Finals

  3. 3:00 pm

    Amateur Finals

*$150.00 donation for all social events

Please send payment to:
c/o Susan Moss
P&C Bank
P.O. Box 449
Camilla, GA 31730

Corporate Sponsors

Our Charities

2018 Beneficiaries ($335,900)
Mitchell-Baker Service Center $139,900
Boys & Girls Club of Mitchell County $143,000
Mitchell County Food Bank $10,000
Mitchell County State Court (Family Abuse Program) $2,000
Mitchell County Community Tennis Association $5,000
Georgia Tennis Foundation (paid for by the tennis pros) $1,000
IGEL (Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership) $20,000
FRAC (Flint River Arts Council) $5,000
STITCHES (Mitchell County Animal Rescue) $10,000

Contact Us

  • Susan Moss

    P&C Bank
    P.O. Box 449
    Camilla, GA 31730