The Metzger Open, known previously as the PA State Clay Court Open Championships was the premiere tennis tournament in the USTA Middle States Tennis Association. In 1993 the tournament director renamed the event to honor avid player and tennis enthusiast Bill Metzger.
The five-day clay tournament has been around for more than five decades, been televised several times and has featured some of the top male talent from around the country.
The tournament originally was only played at the Country Club of Harrisburg, but has grown to five venues that include Hershey Country Club, West Shore Country Club, Blue Ridge Country Club, and now the host club, Colonial Golf and Tennis Club.
The tournament is a men’s open singles format and has also hosted several former ATP players.
Some of the tournament’s past winners include Jesse Witten, Marcus Fugate, Nathan Healey, Julio Peralta, Roman Borvanov, Luke Jensen and Jimmy Arias.
Witten and Fugate have met in the finals the past two years, Witten winning in 2014 and Fugate in 2013. Both will be competing again this year as the top two seeds.
Other notable players participating this year are Michael Shabaz, Winston Lin, Nathan Pasha, Collin Johns, Quinton Vega, Adrian Bohane and Punch Maleka.
The players will be fighting for a purse of $20,000.
Admission is free and open to the general public.
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