60th Western Slope Open takes center stage

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) Tennis players for all over the Western half of the United State are in Grand Junction this week for the 60th Western Slope open.

The event is the longest running non-sanctioned tennis tournament in the state of Colorado. The tournament got underway on Friday on the campus of Colorado Mesa and will run through next Friday.

It provides players with all skills levels to come out and participate. There are players that are picking up a racket for the first time, to players that have been playing for year.

"We have a lot of our families playing and a lot of good friends play. Our goal is for everybody to come out and have fun on the tennis court and fun off the tennis court," said tournament director Lena Elliott.

The tournament was played for the first time back in 1958. Things have definitely changed since then, but it will always still be about the community.

"When we started this event 60 years ago we have three draws on the back of a ping pong table at Lincoln Park. Now we have grown this into an incredible family fun tournament," said Elliott.

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