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LOCAL TENNIS: Area players helping Marines overseas; Stonebridge Open finals set for today

ALBANY --- Albany area tennis players have joined with the United States Tennis Association, USTA Serves and the National Recreation Foundation to help promote the sport of tennis to U.S. service men and women stationed in foreign lands.

The name of the program is “Adopt-A-Unit,” and Monday members of the Southwest Georgia tennis community will gather at Pine Forest Racquet Club to fill zip-lock bags with items requested by the 55 Marines they have “adopted”. The players have been requesting monetary donations for the past four weeks, and the goal has been met. Shopping trips have been made to various stores in Albany to purchase the requested items. Not only have the players at Pine Forest, Grand Island and Stonebridge contributed to the program, but businesses such as Wal Mart, Master Foods, Flint Beverage and Trinity Lutheran Church have chipped in.

All Marines will receive an individual package, plus a box of items to be shared will be sent as well.

And there is still time to help out, if you’d like to.

Those interested in adopting a Marine can e-mail albanytennis@aol.com and request information on how you may help. There will be a list posted on the Albany Tennis web-ATATennis.net.

USTA Serves will also purchase and ship two tennis kits with portable nets, throw down lines, racquets and balls, along with educational and instructional information about tennis and the USTA.


STONEBRIDGE OPEN FINALS SET FOR TODAY:

ALBANY — The annual Stonebridge Open Tennis Tournament, which kicked off Friday, will conclude today at the Stonebridge Tennis Center with finals matches beginning at 10 a.m.

The marquee championship final will be the men’s 4.5 finals featuring Tinsley Dozier against Joesph Bjerregaard, who stars for the Georgia Southwestern men’s tennis team.