Extending the play; Wayton Open spills into a 3rd week of competition

Wayton is already thinking ahead, and he expects next year to be even bigger. The tournament helps raise funds for a pair of scholarships. Former Blue Knight captains James Nitz and Matt Downes joined the staff this year, and Lady Knight coach Robin Thompson has a prominent supporter and player as she battled into the finals of the women’s doubles competition.

“I’m hoping to get some of the guys and girls from the high school teams to come and help out next year,” said Wayton. “Maybe they can serve on our committee, too. I think it would be a good thing because it really benefits them directly. That’s so important. It was important when we ran this as a one-day tournament our first year, and it will continue to be important as this keeps growing.”

Volunteers for next year’s event can contact Matt Wayton at WaytonOpen@gmail.com. To comment on this story or to contact sports writer John Goralski, email him at jgoralski@southingtonobserver.com.

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