Mount Vernon Hosts Statewide Tennis Tournament

Alex Beuhrer of Mount Vernon High School participates
in the Meet Up Event earlier this month.

Meet Up Event brings 60 young athletes to City for day of matches

MOUNT VERNON, July 28, 2022 – Competitive sports have a long history of bringing disparate groups of people together for a single cause. It was in this spirit that Mount Vernon recently welcomed about 60 young athletes to the City for a one-day tennis tournament.

Conducted under the auspices of the Northeast Ohio Tennis Association and organized by Steve Tier, president of the Kokosing Valley Tennis Association and a tennis coach at Mount Vernon High School, the Meet Up Event featured tennis teams from Cleveland, Cincinnati, Geneva, Watkins Memorial, Zanesville and of course Mount Vernon.

Participants also had the opportunity to hear from one of the best tennis players to ever come out of Mount Vernon, Steven Ryuse, who spoke to the athletes about his experiences finding success at tennis at Ohio State University and in the Big Ten Conference during the 1970s, and what he has learned since then as a tennis coach.

“Tennis is a great vehicle for so many things,” said Tier. “Once you learn the skills, you can play the game for life. It can also serve as an icebreaker. Tennis has allowed me to go places and meet people that I otherwise would not have encountered.”

This marked the second time Mount Vernon has hosted the Meet Up Event, which featured tennis players from 12 to 18 years old playing in doubles matches. The games were played at Mount Vernon Nazarene University and in the Mount Vernon City Schools’ fieldhouse.

Tier described it as a cordial event.

“Players had the opportunity to play against athletes they rarely get to compete against,” he said. “And they also got to know them as people, and see that – like them – they come from all kinds of diverse backgrounds.”, customer service and equitable laws that support our Alex Beuhrer of Mount Vernon High School participates in the Meet Up Event earlier this month.


Information courtesy of the City of Mount Vernon