Fourth of July tennis match set for September


Don’t let the calendar fool you. Just because it’s almost September, there are still Fourth of July activities to enjoy.

On the weekend of Sept. 22 and 23, the Fourth of July committee will host the Bristol Fourth of July John Partington Tennis Tournament to help start the fund-raising for next year’s events.

“We decided this year to name it the John Partington tennis tournament,” said event chairwoman Judy Squires.

Ms. Squires, daughter of the late Mr. Partington, said her father was an avid tennis player and long time member of the Fourth of July committee.

“He played tennis up until he was 82 years old. He started the Bristol High School tennis team and coached for 12 years. He also started the tennis program for the recreation department,” she said.

Mr. Partington was also honored as the parade chief marshal and was on the committee for 55 years.

The tennis tournament was rescheduled to the September date this year to avoid the June crush of activities and the summer heat in July and August. Past tournaments have drawn up to 50 players, ranging in age from 14 to 70 years old, Ms. Squires said.

By holding the event in September, she hopes players from Mt. Hope High School and Roger Williams University, as well as from neighboring communities that enjoy Bristol’s July events, will come and play.

The tournament is open to all levels of players, and includes men’s and women’s singles and doubles, and mixed doubles matches. If there are enough participants in the age group, Ms. Squires said that a 50-plus category will be added.

“Trophies will be awarded to the winners in each category,” Ms. Squires said.

The Bristol Fourth of July John Partington Tennis Tournament will be held at Mt. Hope High School. Entry forms can be found on-line at or by calling Judy Squires at 253-7885.

Entries must be received by Monday, Sept. 18. T-shirts will be given to the first 50 entrants. The cost to play in the single-elimination tournament is: Singles $20; Doubles $30; Mixed doubles $30.


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