State Tennis Championships – Canceled
What is State Tennis?
State Tennis is one of 11 state sports competitions. It is the final competition for those participating in Tennis, Unified Tennis and Tennis Individual Skills. State Tennis is hosted at Evergreen Racquet Club in Bloomington. More than 100 athletes compete this weekend and show off their winning form!
Tennis is a stand alone competition and serves as a showcase for our tennis athletes to demonstrate the skills they have learned throughout the year. Everyone is encouraged to attend this premiere state tournament to cheer on these extraordinary athletes!
Athletes may compete in Short Court Singles & Doubles Match Play, Traditional Singles, Doubles and Unified Doubles Match play competitions. Athletes can compete in either match play or individual skills.
Individual Skills competition will also be offered where individuals will demonstrate their skills in forehand volley, backhand volley, forehand ground stroke, backhand ground stroke, serve deuce court, serve advantage court and alternating ground strokes.
Volunteers are needed in a variety of roles on both Saturday and Sunday at the State Tennis Championships. Volunteer registration will open soon please check back.
Tentative Competition Times
All times listed below are tentative and subject to change once event specific schedules are determined. For a final schedule please check the Supporting Documents section close to competition day.
- Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Sunday, 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Special Olympics Illinois will hold an Opening Ceremony as part of the Olympic tradition at 8:00 a.m. at Evergreen Racquet Club. Areas will be asked to line up along the sidewalk for the parade of athletes. The Torch Run will also march in for the grand lighting of the cauldron.
Souvenirs will only be sold on Saturday from 8:00am – 2:00pm. Items range from $3 to $55 and will include clothing and other traditional souvenir items. The vendor will sell State Tennis Tournament specific t-shirts and sweatshirts. Cash and most major credit cards will be accepted for souvenir sales. CHECKS ARE NOT ACCEPTED. Souvenir items are offered by Minerva Promotions and a percentage of sales are given to Special Olympics Illinois.
You can save time and pre-order items and pick them up on-site. If you want to personalize any items then you must pre-order them. On-site customization is not offered at the tournament. Please check back closer to the tournament for pre-ordering information.
The Family Registration and Information area will be open on Saturday from 8:00am until noon. Please encourage family members to visit the Family Registration and Information area and register if they are new to the Special Olympics Illinois families program or just check-in to let us know they are here. Family members can meet and visit with other families and receive information on what is new at Special Olympics Illinois. Most of all, they can have fun, relax and watch their athletes have a great experience.
Text Alerts & Event Status Updates
In case of inclement weather, schedule changes or cancellations check the website here for updates. Please sign up for the text alert. This alert will send you any last minute changes in the State Tennis schedule. Check back 2 weeks before the event for Text Alert Subscription information.
For lodging information in the Bloomington/Normal area please visit: http://www.visitbn.org/visit/listings/accommodations/