The Salem News
---- — The local version of the French Open will be back in Beverly this weekend, as Beverly Golf & Tennis is hosting the Herb Schachter Memorial New England Junior Clay Court Championships for the fourth straight summer.
There will be singles and doubles competition for boys and girls in the age groups of 12, 14, 16 and 18 all weekend. Players from all over New England, including several local standouts such as Matt Jacobs of Swampscott, Tory Booth of Marblehead and Chris and Brad Noyes of Marblehead, among others, will be competing.
Each age group has a tournament style bracket that will play out throughout the weekend until the finals, which are scheduled for next Tuesday.
Schachter, for whom the Clay Court Championships are named, was the founder of Nashua Swim & Tennis Club who passed away in 2008. He was recognized as one of the most dedicated USTA junior tennis tournament operators in the region, giving thousands of junior players a competitive outlet.
USTA New England honored him with a special recognition award with a plaque inscribed as follows: “For more than 15 years, Herb Schachter had an unparalleled passion and dedication for providing USTA junior tournament opportunities at the Nashua Swim and Tennis Club. He shared his time and invested his energy in honest, fair and consistent service with a generous, humorous and caring spirit. Herb always valued sportsmanship and character over results and rankings. Many families learned valuable life lessons in their encounters with him. Herb’s legacy lives on in the countless young men, women and their families that he touched.”