The sponsors of the Colorado State Open make it possible to draw high calliber players to Colorado who provide the Denver-Metro area with the best in live tennis each year. For 2013, we are happy and thankful to welcome back the Global Down Syndrome Foundation for partnering with the Colorado State Open. Great sponsors like them and our other sponsors help provide the best tennis in Colorado.
The Lounge is Back for 2013!
Enjoy the best at the Colorado State Open.
Whether celebrating a victory or getting over a loss, enjoy a beverage in the CSO Lounge. The lounge will be open between 5-10pm for the duration of the tournament. All proceeds benefit the Tennis for Kids Outreach program.
A Big Thanks to Our Sponsors!
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We could not bring top level tennis to Colorado without our great family of sponsors. The Colorado State Open is dedicated to bringing great national and international tennis to Colorado, but it takes sponsors and organizations to help make this happen. Have your business or organization join our incredible family of sponsors and be recognized in the tennis community as a company that supports bringing top level tennis to Colorado. To learn more review our Sponsorship Deck.
2011/2012 Colorado State Open Champion Brian Battistone
Who will challenge 2-Time Champion Battistone in 2013?
This 2012 Colorado State Open boasted many firsts in it's 120-year history. With 1477 entries and over 950 participants in 62 divisions, this Open was the largest to date. By itself, the men's 4.5 singles division had 100 participants! Players ranging from 3.0-5.0 NTRP levels and 35 to 80 and over age divisions battled it out over the 10-day tournament, and despite a little rain, the spirit of play was never dampened.
The talk of the tournament was the presence of former ATP Tour player, Taylor Dent, former #21 in the world and defending champion Brian Battistone. Spectators flocked to see Taylor's world class play and Brian's unique style with his two handled racket and unorthodox jump serve. Click here to see a video of 2011/2012 Colorado State Open Champion. Battistone was able to defend his title by beating Taylor in a hard fought semi-final match and then take out the #1 seed, Greg Ouellette, in the finals to win the championship and a nice $4000 payday. Word is he is coming back again this to go for the 3-peat in 2013.
In addition to the strong men's line-up, the Women's Open Division was the strongest the CSO has had in memory. A top player in Holland and now living in CA, Alex Poorta, took out a host of tough competition on the way to her victory including, #1 seed Gail Brodsky from New York, and former top 50 in the world player Vasalisa Bardina in the finals. We hope to see these excellent competitors and even more women in 2013.
The Men's Doubles was won by a team that only a few years ago won the Junior Wimbledon Championships, Kellen Damico and Nate Schnugg. Alex Poorta made it clear that she loves the thin air in Colorado by teaming up with Jamie Pawid and winning The Women's Doubles. In Mixed Double Nate Schnugg again showed off his talents in doubles with partner Suzanne Matzenauer and won the Mixed Doubles Open Division.
The support of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, the title sponsor for the Colorado State Open, and all of the other sponsors, made it possible to attract these high-level players to the tournament. With over 10,000 spectators enjoying hundreds of hours of tennis, we are happy to announce that this was the highest-selling year for ticket sales on record, which benefits the Tennis for Kids program, an outreach program that provides tennis to kids who could not otherwise afford tennis programming. If you missed this year's tournament, be sure to get on our email list so you are in on all of the action for next year! Please call Gates tennis center at 303-355-4461 for more information!
The Colorado State Open is a celebration of tennis
The Colorado State Open is one of the oldest and biggest tournaments in the country. First played in 1891, it boasts past champions such as former #1 in the world players Don Budge and Althea Gibson. Check-out the prestigious list of Former Men's Champions and Former Women's Champions. Today, with the prize money more than tripled from five years ago, players again are coming in from all over the country to compete, providing the Rocky Mountain Region excellent live tennis. (Prize Money Distribution) In addition to providing great live tennis to watch, it's a great tournament to play in as well. Over 1200 players compete in over 60 different events each year. Block out ten days in mid-September each year to be part of the buzz and experience that is the Colorado State Open.
Come back from the US Open and play in the CO Open
Be part of the festivities of this fun event. As in years past you can expect huge draws with lots of competition, great tennis to watch, a fun atmosphere, and much more... Plus, it doesn't matter whether you are an Open Level player or a 3.0 player, ten years old (family divisions are a fun part of the tournament) or 80 years old (age divisions range from 35 & over to 80 & over), there is something for everyone! If you aren't up for competing in the event come as a fan of tennis. The tournament boasts the best tennis play in the Rocky Mountain region with players flying in from around the country competing for the $20,000 purse. Ticket prices are very reasonable and ticket sales benefit the "Tennis for Kids" Outreach program. This program provides tennis opportunities for kids that otherwise could not afford them. We hope to see you here enjoying tennis one way or another this fall!