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Champions Crowned at TSSAA Spring Fling

The annual 2019 TSSAA Spring Fling was hosted at Adams Tennis Complex in Murfreesboro on May 21-24. Teams and individuals qualified for the event by advancing from post-season district and regional tournaments held across the state. As a result, 160 boys and girls singles players along with fifty boys and girls doubles teams reached the coveted state tournament in addition to thirty-two teams that earned their way into the team tournament. Visit the TSSAA Spring Fling website to view those team and individual results.

USTA Tennessee would like to congratulate all individuals and teams that qualified to compete at this prestigious event. This was the third consecutive year USTA Tennessee was an on-site partner and offered giveaways, games, and a photo booth to contribute to the player and team experience. Our organization prides itself in being an avid supporter of high school tennis and the opportunities and experiences it provides junior players. We hope to see players and teams continue with tennis in the offseason in one of our Junior Team Tennis leagues. Visit our website www.ustatn.com to find a local Junior Team Tennis league near you and to connect with a coordinator. You can also follow @USTATennessee on Facebook and Instgram to see photos from the event and stay up-to-date with current programs.

Spring Fling History (per TSSAA website)

"TSSAA is the only high school athletic organization in the United States to have a seven-sport, Olympic-style spring sport championship tournament for baseball, softball, track and field, team and individual tennis and soccer.

It was Middle Tennessee State track and field coach, Dean Hayes and Merrill Eckstein, president of the Greater Chattanooga Sports & Events Committee that in the early 1990s convinced TSSAA Executive Director Ronnie Carter to pursue organizing the spring sports championships into a one-week, single-city event. Carter was keen to the idea, but the thought of finding a single city with suitable venues for all the sports seemed impossible.

Carter felt it was only fair to invite cities statewide to bid on the event. In 1993, the cities of Clarksville, Nashville, and Chattanooga made proposals to the nine-member TSSAA Board of Control and the City of Chattanooga was awarded the 1994 Spring Fling.

The initial three-year contract was eventually extended for a fourth year. Seven cities bid for the event in 1997 and Chattanooga was selected to host for an additional five years, beginning in 1998.

In the spring of 2003, Spring Fling moved to Memphis. After a three-year stint in Memphis, Spring Fling moved to Murfreesboro in 2006 and has remained there to this date."

 
 

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