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Top players gearing up for annual Greater Urban Pro Tennis Classic

Some of the top-ranked men’s singles players in the east will square off in the seventh annual Greater Urban Pro Tennis Classic. The tournament begins Sunday, July 21, with two rounds of competition and runs for a week at Cunningham Park in Fresh Meadows.

The USTA/ETA sanctioned event is offering prize money in men’s singles and men’s doubles. However, the official breakdown has not as yet been determined.

“A lot depends on the size of the draw,” said Bill Brigga, director of Youth and Tennis, Inc., which is conducting the tournament.

Sadik Sendich of Staten Island, runner-up two years ago, will return to try to take the whole thing. Sendich is ranked 20th in the Men’s Open Singles and fifth in the Men’s 35 Singles in the East.

Joe Gravagna, coach at Holy Cross High School, heads the Queens’ list of players. Other Queens residents in the tournament include Jerry Neptune of Jamaica and Paul Wawrsyniak of Forest Hills. The latter is on the team at Manhattan College.

Youth and Tennis, Inc. is a junior program, headquartered at the Roy Wilkins Recreation Center in Jamaica. Proceeds of the classic go to the children involved in this program.

For further information on the program or the tournament call 658-6726.

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