The third annual Angell Open Tennis Championships returns April 10-12 to the Racket and Fitness Center in Portland. This is the largest prize-winning tournament in Maine and attracts top amateur men and women from across New England as well as young professional players from as far away as Georgia and Michigan, according to news release from NAMI Maine. It is an awareness-raiser and fundraiser for mental health challenges and NAMI Maine programs.

Last year’s Singles winners, Mike Hill and Margaret Silverman, earned a share of the $1,500 awarded in prize money. This year’s purse is expected to exceed $2,000.

This USTA New England sanctioned event has been a fixture at the Racket and Fitness Center for a number of years. It was renamed for Chris Angell, Maine’s top ranked tennis professional, who struggled for years with a debilitating mental illness. In addition to the Men’s and Women’s Open Singles and Doubles divisions, there will be Men’s over 45s, Men’s over 55s and mixed doubles events.

Maine’s Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness will host a lunch at the awards ceremony following the finals at 2 p.m. Sunday.

For player entry to the events in the Angell Open Championships, visit USTA Tennis Link at usta.com or contact Devi Maganti, tournament director, at 775-6128. The Racket and Fitness Center is at 2445 Congress St., Portland.


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