The 30th Annual Tracy Austin Doubles Tennis Tournament begins today, with a record 130 teams expected to challenge for men's, women's and mixed titles.
Skill levels are classified within each division, the most competitive being Open, followed by A, B, C+, C and D.
Play begins today at 6 p.m., with matches at Rolling Hills Estates Tennis Club and the Jack Kramer Club. Tonight's matches are termed "overflow" matches and contain the lower-level players.
On Saturday, the tournament heats up with three rounds. Matches will start every two hours from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. at various locations throughout the South Bay. The main venues Saturday will be the Rolling Hills Estates Tennis Club, the Jack Kramer Club and the South Bay Tennis Club.
The tournament will conclude Sunday exclusively at the Jack Kramer Club with 16 championship matches, one for each classification. The time for the matches are 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.
Bob Kruger, the tournament director for the last 22 years, expects the family atmosphere to draw many spectators and participants.
"(The best thing is) the way it gives people the opportunity to play with other people they normally would not," Kruger said. "Usually kids have to play with other kids in their age groups, but this tournament is different. It allows them to play with adults, to play with their parents. And that's the way Tracy wants it.
"There is a family-oriented atmosphere surrounding the tournament and it works well."
The tournament will benefit the Pepper Tree Foundation, a non-profit organization for the beautification of the parks of Rolling Hills Estates.