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Still seven weeks from the BNP Paribas Open, local tennis fans can pass the time by watching some of the elite college players and programs in the country at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic, starting Jan. 11 in La Quinta.
The event, now in its 40th year, will include teams from UCLA, USC, Stanford, San Diego, Syracuse and North Carolina State, among others, and will be televised on the Fox Sports regional network from La Quinta Resort and Club. The event will conclude Sunday, Jan. 13 with the finals at 9 a.m.
The event is the first major collegiate level tennis invitational of the 2019 season, and a portion of the funds generated by the event will go to various charities, including United Way, The Starlight Foundation, Susan G. Komen For the Cure and D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education).
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La Quinta Resort and Club has a long history of hosting tennis events. It was the first host of the BNP Paribas Open, under a different title sponsor in the early 1980s, and has in recent years hosted the Desert Smash celebrity tennis event.
New tennis invitational debuts
This same weekend as the NCTC, Sunrise Country Club will host the Sunrise Invitational, featuring 16 of the top tennis pros in the Coachella Valley.
The event will begin on Friday, Jan. 11 and conclude on Sunday, Jan. 13, with four matches over three days. Matches begin at 10 a.m., and will proceed at 11:30, 1 and 2.
The event is free and open to the public.