April - , 2017
Camilla, GA

42nd 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 winners! – Frank Vermeer, Ewa Radzikowska, Zane Krog, Kip Layman, Vincent Baudat, Geoff Moore!

Players

  • Clayton de Almeida United States of America

    Clayton is ranked #42 in Singles NCAA Division I. He has a career high of 842 singles and 602 doubles ATP. Clayton is currently ranked #1 singles USTA 30’s division. He is the winner of the 2005 Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar Award. Between 2002–2005, Clayton was the Big South Player of the Year. He is the first Winthrop tennis player to have a perfect season (23-0 record as a freshman playing at #1). His talent led him to be inducted into the Winthrop Hall of Fame in 2012. Clayton took home the title of Champion during the 2014 USTA National 30’s Hard and Grass Court. In 2012, he received his PTR Master of Tennis Performance Certification.

  • 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.

  • Vincent Baudat United States of America

    Born in France and grew up in French Caribbean Island of Martinique [2-18 yrs. old]. Formally a #1 Jr. in Martinique--came to South Alabama in 2000 after spending a year at Florida International University [FIU]--played #1 and #2 in doubles and #1- #4 in singles--was All Conference in doubles each year and earned 3 conference titles w/ this team.

    Played 4 yrs. on the ATP and highest rankings were 800 in singles and 389 in doubles. Best results on the tour --Quarter Finals in Singles for the Israel Master, Highest victory in singles top 300, highest victory in doubles top 100. Presently coaching at Bear Lakes Country Club in West Palm Beach, Fl. and also coaching Vincent Millot - a professional tennis player ranked 400ATP.

  • 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 Doubles Champion. David was also named an 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 in USPTA Grand Prix Circuit Men’s Open. David was also ranked #1 USTA Doubles Team in the nation in “2002”

  • Tomas Catar Slovakia

    Tomas resides in Orange Beach, Alabama. He is the Director and Owner of Gulf Coast Tennis Academy in Gulf Shore, Alabama. He has reached a #1 ranking in the world in the Junior circuit. Tomas also attained a European Junior Doubles Championship title and as a professional to the Davis Cup World Group, Grand Slam tournaments and ATP world ranking #233. Tomas is one of the few players awarded the Master of Tennis (Performance) Certification with P.T.R. — He is a national tester and workshop clinician for P.T.R.

  • Agata Cioroch Poland
    • One of the top junior players while growing up in Warsaw, Poland
    • Full tennis scholarship at the University of Georgia from 2001-2005
    • NCAA National Indoor Singles Champion in 2002 and 2004
    • NCAA Number 1 Singles Ranking in 2003 and 2004
    • NCAA Number 1 Doubles Ranking in 2003
    • ITA All Star Team 2003 and 2004
    • All American Honors in 2002, 2003 and 2004
    • Honda Award for Tennis Nominee in 2003
    • ITA National Player to Watch in 2002
    • School record 33-0 freshman year in 2001
    • All SEC Academic Honor Roll Award 2003 and 2004
    • Currently tennis pro at Cherokee Town and Country Club in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Matt Cozad United States of America
    • In 1995, Matt was ranked #25 in the United States Boy’s Singles 18’s and #5 in Florida Boy’s 18’s
    • Matt was awarded a four year scholarship to Georgia Tech Men’s Tennis
    • In 1997, he was #3 Single’s Flight Champion in Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and #2 Doubles Flight Champion
    • Matt received the Region II Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship Award in 1998
    • He was the #2 Singles Flight Champion in the ACC and #3 Doubles Flight Champion
    • Selected to the all ACC Men’s Tennis Team in 1999
    • 2006 ATP Atlanta Clay Court Challenger Doubles Quarterfinalist
    • Current holder of 12 ATP doubles points
  • Edward (Eddie) Elliott United States

    Edward played collegiate tennis at Appalachian State and Northwood University. He was Top 10 Doubles players in the country in NAIA division. Edward played club tennis in Europe and the futures and was ranked 4 in the state of Florida in the Open Division.

  • 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.

  • 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
  • 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 Duluth.

  • 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 Invitational Tournament Singles Championship three times in his designated age group. He has won two USTA National Singles and four USTA National Doubles Tournaments. He is the former Canadian Singles and Doubles Champion in Men’s 35’s. He is currently the USTA National 60’s Clay Men’s Doubles Champion. He has represented the USA in International Senior Competitions eight times. He is the former Florida Singles and Doubles Champion from age 35 through age 55. He has been playing our event in Mitchell County for 22 years. Geoff is married to Mary and has three children. He is currently Tennis Director at the Valencia Shores Tennis Club in Boynton Beach, Florida. Geoff is also a stockholder in the new Ethanol Plant in Mitchell County.

  • 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.

  • Armi Neely United States of America

    Armi was an all American twice at the University of Florida where he won SEC singles titles in 1967 and 1969. He played on the A.T.P. World Tour from 1971-1977. His highest World ranking in singles was 136th -- in the USA Top 20. His highest world ranking in doubles was 75th. He was nationally ranked #1 in Singles in his 35’s, 40’s and 45’s. He currently lives in Atlanta, GA with wife Alice Pendergrast.

    • Best singles wins: John Lloyd, Tom Gorman, Pat Cramer, Jose Luis Clerc and Allen Stone
    • Best doubles wins : Jimmy Connors and Spence Segura at US Open with Armi’s partner Pat Dupre, Manuel Orantes and Ion Tiriac at Australian
    • Clay Court Championships with partner, Norman Holmes
  • 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. Before joining the Standard Club staff in June 2100, he was the Head Professional at TPC Sugarloaf Country Club. Arturo has been certified with PTR and GPTA for ten years and he is also part of the GPTA Board of Directors.

  • 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”. Horace is now a tennis professional at the Ansley Country Club in Atlanta

  • Candy Reid-Harrop United States of America

    Candy played for the University of Tennessee. She has 11 years at CNN as an International Anchor/Reporter. Candy was formerly world ranked. She is currently 35s for Great Britain Team Member, 35s US Hardcourt Champion, and 35s UK Grass Court Champion.

  • Mauricio Roveri Brazil

    Mauricio played in the Junior Circuit in Brazil and was ranked #15 nationally in the Junior Singles. Mauricio went on to play at Columbus State University where he was named the NCAA II Freshman of the Year in “1997”. Mauricio was ranked #5 in NCAA Division II Singles in “1998” and ranked #2 in NCAA Division II Doubles in “1999”. During his NCAA Division II career, Mauricio was a 4-time All-American from “1997-2000”. He was recognized as the “Athlete of the Year” by Columbus State University and Peach Belt Conference “Player of the Year” in “2000”.

  • 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.

  • 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

    Born in Malmo, Sweden and graduated from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. Played on the World Tour from 1986 to 1993 and was ranked as high as 89th in Singles and 60th in Doubles. During the World Tour, he won the Doubles U.S Clay Court Championship. He also has many Doubles wins over players such as Jimmy Conners, Boris Becker, Matts Wilander, Ivan Lendel and Todd Martin. In 1999, he won both Sweden’s and The United States Clay Court Championships in Singles 35 and over. In “2000”, he won a Nuveen Senior Tour event in Doubles. He has also been ranked #1 in The United States in Singles 35s and over. Tobias is also a proud stockholder in the new Ethanol plant in Mitchell County as well as the Flint River National Bank in Camilla.

  • 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 Complex

65 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 28, 2017
  1. 9:00 am

    Pro Matches

  2. 12:00 pm

    Client's Clinic

  3. 4:00 pm

    Children and Junior Clinic w/ Pros

  4. 7:30 pm*

    The Home of Shelly Dixon

    Menu: Michael Shiver & Tim Williams will be preparing boston butts, chicken, sweet potatoes, potato salad, and layered salad.

    The Mitchell County Tennis Ladies are assisting with their irresistible desserts.

Day 2

Saturday April 29, 2017
  1. 9:00 am

    Pro Matches

  2. 10:30 am

    Ladies’ Clinic w/ Pros

  3. 1:30 pm

    “Beat the Pro”

  4. 2:15 pm

    Pro/Am Team Play

  5. 7:30 pm*

    Social at the Camilla Depot

    Menu: Raw Oysters, Boiled Shrimp, Fried Fish/Shrimp, Chicken Bites, Fratellis Pizza, Hushpuppies, Coleslaw, Cheese Grits.

    Fabulous desserts by Deborah Sanders

    Live music by the Bo Henry Band

    Camilla Garden Club will decorate with their usual flair.

Day 3

Sunday April 30, 2017
  1. 12:00 pm

    "Picnic at the Courts"

    Sponsored by the Holly Garden Club

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

Corporate Sponsors

Our Charities

2016 Beneficiaries
Mitchell Baker ARC and Mitchell Baker Industries $108, 379.65
Mitchell County Boys and Girls Club $116,754.65
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
Georgia Center for Child Advocacy—Region 10 $2,000
Mitchell County Animal Rescue $15,000

Contact Us

  • Susan Keigan

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