SALISBURY, Md. - It's day two of tennis matches at the annual Purnell-Thomas Memorial Tournament, where players from all over the globe make their way to Salisbury to play for some big prize money and support a local organization.
If you're driving by the tennis courts at Salisbury University this week, look out for some stiff competition as more than 50 pro tennis players vie for some $30,000 in prize money.
Proceeds from the tournament benefit Coastal Hospice.
"It's really competitive. I mean, nowhere else can you get a men's open where there's tons of top 300, 200 ATP players. And to just be able to play one of those guys when you're not even an ATP player is a privilege. Everyone involves you and it feels like you're a part of a very big community when you're playing this," player Christo Schultz said.
New this year is a 32-draw men's singles amateur tournament. The top two finalists will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Hawaii to play in the Mercedes-Benz Dealer Sectional Championships in November.