Inaugural edition hosted by JTCC
Division 1 Mid-Atlantic schools to compete
Three JTCC alumni in action
The first Bedford Cup Mid-Atlantic Tennis Championships will be held at JTCC in College Park, MD from September 16th – 19th. The Bedford Cup started in 2011 thanks to charitable donations from the Edward T. Bedford Foundation and has previously featured the top collegiate men’s and women’s tennis players from all 11 NCAA Division I tennis programs in the state of Florida. This year the tournament expands outside the sunshine state with the singles and doubles draws in Maryland to be contested by Division I schools from the Mid-Atlantic region. The opening edition at JTCC will be a women’s only event and is set to highlight some of the area’s top college tennis talent.
The Edward T. Bedford Foundation was established (in 1994) by E.T. Bedford Davie, an accomplished tennis player at Yale University, in honor of his maternal grandfather. Edward T. Bedford was a successful businessman in the oil industry and an outstanding athlete during the late 19th and early 20 century. Bedford was passionate about the development and success of young people and as a result the foundation particularly aims to assist organizations which primarily support children and young adults.
The creation of the inaugural Bedford Cup Mid-Atlantic Championships was made possible thanks to Ronald Fick and the board of the Bedford Foundation. The host venue, JTCC, and all the competing schools are indebted to them for making the tournament a reality and giving the schools an opportunity to play more matches during their off season.
The event will feature 30 players in singles actions and 15 doubles teams drawn from six Mid-Atlantic Division I programs. These schools are Coppin State University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, University of Maryland, James Madison University and Virginia Commonwealth University. Jona Roka (JMU) is the number one seed in the singles draw and local stars from the University of Maryland, Arnelle Suillvan and Caroline Williams, are the favored pairing on the doubles side.
The Bedford Cup will also be a homecoming for Dylan Owens (JMU), Cecilia Lynham (Georgetown) and Williams (UMD). Owens, Lynham and Williams all used to train at JTCC and are shining examples of one of the program’s main aims in enabling young tennis players to realize their potential and compete at Division I schools.
The tournament starts with first round singles action at 9am on Friday September 16th and is sure to feature some spectacular action as the players bid to become the first Bedford Cup Mid-Atlantic champion.
For the full draws, order of play and latest photos please visit the tournament website – http://www.jtcc.org/events/2016-bedford-cup/