April 19, 2007
Albany -- Twenty former touring tennis professionals with experience at places like Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, and the French Open will be in Camilla April 27-29 for the 32nd annual Mitchell County Pro Tennis Invitational.
The event has raised over one-million dollars for charities in Camilla like the Mitchell-Baker Service Center and the boys and girls club.
Because of his work with the Mitchell County Invitational, organizer Eddie Williamson was recently honored with the National Service Award from the United States Tennis Association.
They only give out one award a year, and he's the first recipient of the award from the south.
Williamson played on the Tour in the 1960's, and says while the Tour is different, the tournament in Camilla is still going strong.
"Back then there wasn't major money in tennis," says Williamson. "People come to our community from all over, and stay at friends of mine's houses, and we have big socials every night, and we raised a bunch of money for needy causes."
Williamson is expecting to raise around 70-thousand dollars from this years tournament.