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Registration now open for Kim Atkins Tennis Tournament

CONYERS -- The tennis tournament that was voted the best U.S. Tennis Association Georgia charity event in 2007 and 2010 is now open for 2013 registration.

The Eighth Annual Kim Atkins Memorial Tennis Tournament will be held this year on Aug. 24 and 25, at Rockdale Tennis Center.

There is a major change to the tournament this year. Organizers said since there was a very small turnout for Family Doubles last year, that portion of the tournament will be discontinued.

It will be replaced with Mixed Doubles and Senior Mixed Doubles (50 and older) Round Robins. Both Round Robins will be played on Sunday morning. Each match will be eight games. A player can enter either the Mixed Doubles or the Senior Mixed Doubles, but not both.

Those players interested in playing a lot of tennis may enter the Adult Doubles and one of the Mixed Doubles events.

The Adult Doubles will be played Saturday with playoffs on Sunday afternoon. Players should keep that timetable in mind when registering.

Adult Doubles will have the same format as previous years -- best of three sets per match, standard scoring.

Organizers said they want the tournament to maintain a family friendly atmosphere and to that end will open this year's tournament to younger players. Children ages 13 to 18 may now enter the Adult or Mixed Doubles events if playing with a parent. Child players must be a B level Alta player or better.

Registration is easy and can be accomplished online at www.kimatkins.net.

Team registration is $80 per team if paid before July 31 and $90 thereafter.

Sponsorship information and ticket information for the Breast Party in Town to be held Aug. 16 at Club 908 in Olde Town (registered tournament players will be admitted free) is also available on the website. Those attending the party must be 21 or older.

Other services available online are Do Over tickets, contest registration for the $1,000 Tennis Ball Drop, a chance to view silent auction items prior to the Breast Party in Town, rain delay information and updated play schedules.

All registered players will receive a tennis goody bag, a meal ticket and an official tournament T-shirt. Awards will be given in all categories of play for winners and runners-ups.

The Kimberly Chance Atkins Foundation was established in memory of Kim Atkins, a Memorial Middle School teacher, wife to Benny Atkins and mother to Abbey. She died of breast cancer in October 1999. Her foundation has donated more than $90,000 for Rockdale Medical Center's Women's Diagnostic Suite, primarily through community fundraisers such as the tennis tournament.