Reminder to Check in at least 30 Minutes Prior to Scheduled Match Time
Please Note: Due to increased participation in this year's Gilbert PB Tennis Open, please remember to check-in 30 minutes -1 hour prior to your scheduled match time. As we generally do not pre-assign courts, matches are scheduled a court availability basis when both players have checked in at the Tournament Desk and are ready for play. This helps expedite play, eliminates delays, and keeps the tournament flowing. Thanks you so much for your cooperation. Keep serving aces, Mike
Check Draws for possible Schedule Changes
Men's Open Doubles Time Change - Due to scheduling issues, the MOD match of Cezar Rata/Xianyao Zho vs. Ethan Prost/Brandon Stringfellow has been changed to Friday at 2pm instead of 8:30pm.
Mixed Open Doubles Time Change: Due to scheduling issues, the MXD Open Doubles match of Toni Nelson/Ettore Zito vs. Grace Koester/Christopher Steele has been changed to Friday at 4:30pm instead of 12:30pm.
Thank you for your understanding. Please regularly check draws for potential changes in the draw due to walkovers, defaults, withdrawals and scheduling issues. We look forward to seeing you on the courts! Keep serving aces!
Draws and Schedules to be Posted Online late Tuesday
Attention Players: Look for Draws and Schedules to be posted online late Tuesday, February 2nd. Men's Open Singles Players Be Prepared to play your first round matches Wednesday and/or Thursday February 3rd and/or 4th beginning in the afternoon. Senior Divisions 60 or older Please also be prepared to play as early as Wednesday or Thursday or Friday earlier in the day as to avoid night time play. Please continue to check online for updates. If you have any questions feel free to contact, Tournament Director, Michael Lowdermilk at 480-628-0851.
Attention Men's 60 Singles Competitors first Round Matches will start on Thursday
The earliest First Round Men's 60 Singles Matches will start on Thursday at 11am. Please check the draw for specific times and updates. All draws should be posted later this evening.
Draws and Schedules
All Draws and Schedules to be posted online later this evening, Tuesday, February 2nd. The Men's Open Singles Draw is already posted online.
Temporary Alternate Contact Number
This is Michael Lowdermilk, Tournament Director. My iPhone at 480-628-0851is temporarily out of service. In the short interim period you may contact me on my dedicated extension at 480-641-9741 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you very much and sorry for any inconvenience.
Draws and Schedules are Posted
Due to some unforeseen technological glitches with my computer and my iPhone, (what a time to have your phone give out) the draws were a little delayed in getting posted online. Thank you for your patience. We look forward to having you participate in the Gilbert PB Tennis Classic. Please make sure to pick up your FREE Long Sleeved Dry Fit Shirt at the Tournament Desk. Keep serving up aces, Michael Lowermilk
The 2016 Gilbert PB Tennis Open
Player Selection Type
(Formally Val Vista Lakes Polar Bear Tennis Classic)
February 3-7, 2016
Presented By: First International Bank and Trust
A Special Thanks to our Sponsors and Affiliates: First
International Bank and Trust, Gilbert Smiles, East Valley Implant
and Periodontal Center, Our Majordomo, Phelps Law, Ffympos - Don't
Tread on Me, Porkopolis BBQ, Y-Tex Strings, All About Tennis, Tempe
Trophy, Head Penn Racquet Sports, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Val Vista
Lakes HOA, United States Professional Tennis Association,
Professional Tennis Registry and USTA Southwest Section. NOTE: If
you would like to be a sponsor please contact Michael Lowdermilk
(Tournament Director) at 480-628-0851.
Like last year, this year's Gilbert PB Tennis Open is Featuring
a Special Men's Open Singles Prize Money Event!!! The Men's
Open Singles Champion will receive: $2,000. The Men's Open
Singles Finalist will receive: $800. Read further below for prize
money eligibility requirements and breakdowns.
As part of one of the Valley's premier homeowner establishments,
Val Vista Lakes' Tennis Club is pleased to welcome you to The
Gilbert PB Tennis Open formally, (The Val Vista Lakes Polar Bear
Tennis Classic) Presented by First International Bank and
As in years past, this event is held as part of The USTA Southwest
Section Senior Open Tournament Calendar offering Men's and Women's
Open events as well as senior age group events. The Gilbert PB
Tennis Open attracts up to 200 players and guest from throughout
the Valley, Southwest US and abroad competing in singles, doubles,
and mixed events. Players will be competing for cash, prizes, and
the opportunity to gain Southwest Section ranking points. We
welcome all amateur and touring professionals to compete in this
exciting event. Val Vista Lakes Home Owners Association boasts some
of the nicest tennis courts in the Valley and the Southwest. Come
on out and enjoy the beautiful tropical atmosphere and great
*This year's 2016 Gilbert PB Tennis Open Champion will receive
$2,000 is prize money. The Men's Open Finalist will receive $800.
Semi-Finalists will receive $300 each and Quarter-Finalist will
receive $150. *A minimum of 8 players in the draw is required to be
eligible for prize money.
*Prize Money Requirements and Break Down: A minimum of 8 players
or teams per draw is required in order to be eligible for prize
money in any event.
This year we are also introducing increased Prize Money for Men's
Open Doubles: NOTE: A minimum of 8 teams in the draw is required to
be eligible for prize money.
Men's Open Doubles Prize Money Breakdown per Team:
Winners receive $200-$400, Finalists receive
8 Players: Winner receives $200 & Finalist receives $100, 16
Players: Winner receives $250 & Fin. receives $125, 24 Players:
Winner receives $300 & Fin. receives $150, 32 Players: Winner
receives $400 and Fin. receives $200.
Prize money will also be awarded for Women's Open Singles and
Doubles Winners and Finalist and Mixed Open Doubles Winners and
Finalists as well as all Senior Singles and Doubles divisions based
on the formula below:
NOTE: A minimum of 8 players or teams in the draw is required in
order to be eligible for prize money.
Winners receive $100-$300, Finalists receives $50-$150.
8 Players: Winners receives $100/Finalists receives $50, 16
Players: Winners receives $150 & Fin. receives $75, 24 Players:
Winners receives $200 & Fin. receives $100, 32 Players: Winners
receives $300 & Fin. receives $150.
Open Divisions are also open to Junior Players:
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE OF PLAY: NOTE: The bulk of match play
tends to take place over the weekend Friday-Sunday with the
exception of larger draws, such as the Men's Open Singles Division
which may start as early as Wednesday February 3, 2016.
NOTE: Some of the older age divisions and larger draws may also
start as early as Wednesday and/or Thursday morning or afternoon
and/or in order to expedite play and keep the schedule moving
NOTE: Prize money does not accumulate each round. For
example if you win in the Semi-Final round and advance to the
Finals you do not receive $300 for the Semi-Final round plus the
additional $800 for advancing to the Finals.
PLEASE NOTE: Although the earliest match play for most draws
is more likely to take start on Thursday and/or Friday, please be
prepared to play as early as Wednesday. As mentioned above, match
play on Wednesday and/or Thursday is more likely for larger draws
and for older age divisions. With the exception of Friday matches
most matches for Adult seniors ages 55 or younger will be scheduled
during the evening on Thursday and Friday. Please be a little more
flexible with work schedules etc. on Friday as we hope to schedule
as many matches during the day to avoid night time play.
Hospitality, Host Family Housing and Neighboring Hotels and
Complimentary Breakfast foods, (Thanks to Einstein Bros.
Bagels), drinks, and snacks are provided throughout the
tournament. Please join us on Saturday February 6th from 5-8pm
for our Player Party Sponsored by Porkopolis BBQ, An Evolution in
FREE Host Family Housing: Host family housing may be
available on a case by case basis as the need arrives. Please
contact: Michael Lowdermilk at 480-628-0851 to inquire about
possible Host Family Housing.
La Quinta Inn & Suites: 6530 East Superstition Blvd.,
Mesa, AZ 85206, 480-654-1970, www.lq.com
Holiday Inn Express: Phoenix-Mesa/Chandler, 1600 South
Country Club Drive, Mesa, AZ 480-964-7000 or 800-719-5540 for other
Country Inn and Suites By Carlson: 6650 East Superstition
Springs Blvd., Mesa, AZ 85206, 480-641-8000
Hilton Phoenix/Mesa: 1101 West Holmes Ave, Mesa, AZ 85210,
Hyatt Place Phoenix/Gilbert: 3275 South Market Street,
Gilbert, AZ 85297, 480-899-5900 www.hyatt.com
Residence Inn Phoenix Gilbert: 3021 East Banner Gateway
Drive, Gilbert, AZ 85234, 480-699-4450, www.marriott.com
Ramada Mesa Phoenix East Area: 1666 S. Dobson Road, Mesa, AZ
85202, 480-831-7000, www.ramada.com/Mesa
Porkopolis BBQ: (Sponsor of the Gilbert PB Tennis Open Player
Party) 1445 South Arizona Ave., Chandler, AZ 85286,
California Pizza Kitchen: 1850 South Val Vista Drive, Dana
Park Village Square, Mesa, AZ 85204, 480-558-7505,
Panera Bread: Dana Park Village Square, 3426 East Baseline
Road, Mesa, AZ 85204, 480-633-9696, www.panerabread.com
Pei Wei Asian Diner: 3426 East Baseline Road Unit 121, Mesa,
AZ 85204, 480-539-4454, www.peiwei.com
Guru Palace Indian Cuisine: 2048 East Baseline Road, Mesa, AZ
85204, 480-558-9300, www.gurupalaceaz.com
Panda Express: 3440 East Baseline Road , Mesa, AZ 85204,
Arby's: 3534 East Baseline Road, Gilbert, AZ 85234,
Taco Bell: 3601 East Baseline Road, Gilbert, AZ 85234,
PLEASE NOTE: Possible Secondary Site: In the event that the
tournament entries far exceed expectations, we may also use Gene
Autry Sports Complex as a Secondary Site. Please check online
regularly for updates and notifications.
We look forward to having you compete in The 2016 Gilbert PB Tennis
Open. Here's to another great tournament!
If you have any further questions or concerns feel free to
Tournament Director, (Michael Lowdermilk) directly at
Keep serving up aces,
No Selection Process. All registered players will be selected.
Entry to this tournament is open to all USTA members. Entries must be submitted by Monday, February 1, 2016 11:59:00 AM Arizona Time. Only USTA members can register online if available.
In the future, you can jump straight to this tournament by entering the tournament identification number: 759310516 from the searchable schedule homepage.
Division and Draw Type Abbreviations
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