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Posted: Wednesday, December 31, 2008 12:00 am | Updated: 8:04 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

Andy Roddick, one of America’s top professional tennis players, sharpened his game in the Copper Bowl tournament.

The next Andy Roddick has similar net objectives this week, when more than 1,000 young tennis players from 45 states, Canada and Mexico are descending upon Tucson for the 19th annual Copper Bowl.

The event runs Jan. 2-7, starting at 10 sites and eventually concentrating at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort in Oro Valley.

Tournament organizer Jason Dickinson is pleased with the turnout, which is of similar size to previous years. “I was a little concerned with the economy, but the event seems to be doing well,” he said.

“The logistics and the coordination is quite a job,” said Jay Wilson, a SaddleBrooke volunteer who met Dickinson while the director was preparing courts on Monday. “He seemed to have it well in hand.”

The Copper Bowl is “a big project,” allowed Dickinson, whose father Don started the event in the late 1980s. “I have a lot of staff while it’s going on.” Jason’s wife Nina handles all the administration. Tucsconan Sam Fields is the head referee.

There are 128-player draws in boys’ and girls’ under-12, under-14, under 16- and under-18 divisions. The 31-court El Conquistador is the “main site” for the tournament, Dickinson said, with all the action at the resort beginning Monday. This weekend, early-round play in the Northwest also centers upon SaddleBrooke, Sun City Vistoso, Ironwood Ridge High School, the Westward Look Resort, the Westin La Paloma and Catalina Foothills High School. The University of Arizona, Randolph Park and the Fort Lowell Tennis Center also host competition.

Spectators can watch at no charge. “We’d love to have them,” Dickinson said.

A qualifier tournament began Tuesday at the Hilton. Next Monday, all the age groups move to the El Conquistador for final action. There is no cash for the winners. “We give out kachina dolls as our trophies,” Dickinson said. “We keep it Tucson-specific.”

Dickinson is in his fifth year running the show. His father Don, now a teacher at Ironwood Ridge High School, was director of tennis at the Hilton when he began the tournament.

“It started as a relatively small local tournament, and it just kept growing,” said Jason. “It ended up on the (U.S. Tennis Association) national junior schedule, so now players who come to our tournament earn points toward their

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Tuesday, September 16

Boys Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Buena, Cienega at Marana

Mountain View, Ironwood Ridge, Catalina at Amphi (Silverbell GC)

Catalina Foothills, Pueblo, Sahuarita at Sahuaro

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Rio Rico

Ironwood Ridge at Glendale Ironwood

Swimming (@4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge, Sahuarita at Desert Christian

Wednesday, September 17

Girls Golf (@ 3 p.m.)

Rincon at CDO

Ironwood Ridge, Desert View at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Cross Country (@4:30)

Salpointe at Catalina Foothills

Palo Verde, Nogales at Marana

Rincon, St. Gregory at CDO

Sahuarita, Pueblo, Pusch Ridge at Desert View

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Empire at Marana (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

CDO at Queen Creek

Cienega at Mountain View

Sahuaro at Catalina Foothills

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Thursday, September 18

Girls Golf

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Boys Golf

Sahuaro and Salpointe at Ironwood Ridge

CDO, Rincon, Sunnyside at Tucson High

Girls Volleyball (Fr 4 p.m., JV 5 p.m., Var 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at Sahuarita

Ironwood Ridge at Sahuaro (4:30, 5:30, 6:30)

Catalina Foothills at Rincon

Pusch Ridge at San Manuel

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Marana vs. Tucson at Quincy Douglas Pool

Cienega at Marana

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Amphi

Catalina Foothills at Sahuaro

Freshman Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Flowing Wells at Marana (4 p.m.)

Desert View at Mountain View

Cienega at CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

JV Football (all games at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Amphi at Marana

Santa Cruz Valley at Pusch Ridge

Mountain View at Desert View

CDO at Cienega

Buena at Ironwood Ridge

Sahuarita at Catalina Foothills

Friday, September 19

Boys Golf

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Cross Country

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Girls Volleyball

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Football (@7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Santa Cruz Valley

Catalina at Marana

Desert Vista at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Buena

Cienega at CDO

Catalina Foothills at Sahuarita

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Boys Golf

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Cross Country

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