History of the CVITT
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CVITT History

The CVITT has had a remarkable journey since its inception in 1961 when Bill Fix, Charlie Robinson, and Charlie Schoew had the idea to create a tournament that was exciting and would offer competition combined with a large dose of fun. 


Lynchburg was almost an island.  No one from here was going out and competing in the state tournament and no one from the state was coming here.  We needed to have something to help identify us with state tennis.”  CVITT founder Bill Fix-1961


That idea grew into a mountain, as over the years, players have come from all over to compete in this 4 day event.  By sanctioning this tournament with MALTA which is now the Mid Atlantic Tennis Association, players were able to gain recognition and the tournament counted in the region.  Many people joined in to help promote this tournament and provide growth, such as former University of North Carolina coach Allen Morris, Northern Va. Margaret and Gene Russo, University of Virginia's Hal Burrows, former Lynchburg tennis standouts Ralph Johnson, Paul Pollard and Fred West, and many other very important players.


With each year trying to top the year before, the tournament grew into one of the most prestigious in the state.  With prize money on the line, the competition grew with the tournament, and the field became fierce.  Word of mouth created a market for this event, and each year champions returned to defend their crowns while new players emerged to try and take the trophy.  Many players have played for years and continue to be active participants in the CVITT.


Remaining known for its hospitality and for the fun that everyone experiences, the CVITT committee works hard to promote the game and the area.  With the support of the community, whether by money or attendance, this top event has continued to draw the best of players, giving the area a chance to see top tennis play up-close and personal.


Lynchburg is fortunate to be able to provide tennis at this level, and no one should pass up the opportunity to view the game being played at such a high level. 


Oakwood Country Club has been the site of the CVITT since the beginning and provides great viewing areas for the fans.  Concessions are available, and the public is invited at no cost.