MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE  — Sign-ups for the Monmouth-Independence Fourth of July Tennis Tournament have started.

This year’s tournament will take place July 1 and 2 at Central High School and Western Oregon University. Cost is $15 for singles and $25 for doubles.

The tournament features different brackets for different skill levels.

Central boys tennis coach Patti Youngren helps organize the tournament each year and said the mix of skill levels makes the tournament an enjoyable experience for everyone.

“It’s fun to see them competing and mixing together offseason,” Youngren said. “Seeing the faces of those who come back every year and listening to the stories of friends who connect on the courts is amazing.”

The deadline to enter is June 27.

Playing times and locations will be available once registration closes.

Make checks payable to M.I.T., 1040 Monmouth St., Independence, 97351.

For more information: Patti Youngren, 503-507-5760.

“Tennis is a wholesome way to get to know your neighbors,” Youngren said. “Tennis is something the whole family can do. It’s a fun experience because of the community of tennis players. Many players have played in this tournament for a number of years. It’s great to get together. It’s also a great time for newcomers because it is low-keyed.”

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