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Former ATP player coming to Sanborn

The committee for the annual Francis J. Robinson Memorial International Tennis Tournament organized quite a list of events to celebrate 50 years of the event last summer.

It might be outdoing itself this summer.

The Robinson tournament, which is open to all players in the Blue Water Area, begins Monday and runs through Aug. 3.

Kicking off this year's event will be exhibition matches and clinics put on by Jimmy Arias, a former Association of Tennis Professionals top-five player.

Arias is best known for a punishing forehand that featured plenty of top spin. At 15, he became the youngest player to achieve a world ranking and turned pro when he was 16.

One of the first graduates of the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, Arias enjoyed his best year in 1983 with four singles titles, including the U.S. Clay Court Championships and the Italian Open. The same year, the 19-year-old reached the semifinals of the U.S. Open.

Wednesday night, Arias will take on Robinson champion Steve Pillon of Port Huron in a set of singles at the Sanborn Park courts. He also will play a set of doubles against various local players.

The clinics run by Arias will take place Thursday morning inside the Port Huron Tennis House. An adult session is scheduled from 8 to 10 a.m. Juniors go from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Both clinics are free, but advanced registration is required. Call (810) 987-6868 to register.

In addition, the Jule Kovar Parent/Child Tournament is set for Saturday at Sanborn Park.

Entry forms for the Robinson and Kovar tournaments can be picked up at the tennis house or downloaded from the web page at

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