Brief History of the Central Ohio Grand Prix
1983, Alann Leinwohl started a tournament, the Newark Open,
at the OSU-Newark campus. Two years later, during the summer
of 1985, he began discussions with a group of tournament directors
about organizing their events in terms of scheduling and creating
a unified circuit with a Masters finale. As a result of these
talks, the Central Ohio Grand Prix tour debuted in 1986.
year, the circuit was quite informal. The job of organizing
fell to Leinwohl and he added the Masters tournament at the
end of the 1986 season in Newark. Subsequent Masters events
alternated between Newark and Lancaster until 1991 when the
tournament moved to Wolfe Park in Columbus.
the COGP tournaments began paying fees to support the publication
of a yearbook and promotion of the tour through advertising
and direct mail. Leinwohl also offered tournament directors
a computerized draw-making program which he developed. Individual
memberships were sold offering players discounts on entry fees,
stringing and equipment. Also in 1988, the Tennisfax Ranking
System was adopted as a basis for seeding in COGP events. In
the beginning, the goal was simple... just a little organization.
Soon, the COGP took on a life of its own. By 1991, every week
from Memorial Day to early October was filled by a COGP tour
tour started as an adult organization, Leinwohl is proud of
adding junior events to the circuit. He sees the COGP as a place
for kids who are just starting to play tournaments. Many COGP
players have gone on to success in OVTA and Midwest events while
they continue to play on the COGP tour.
The COGP launched a web site where players can find announcements,
match results, tournament reports and current rankings. The
COGP also provided individual tournaments on the circuit with
their own web pages. Visitors can enter tournaments online and
find match schedules and results posted daily.
retired as tour director after the 2002 season. New owners Arnie
Jones and Alan Kinnard continued the COGP philosophy. They felt
the COGP tour is a great place for the high school and college
players to compete with top amateurs and teaching pros. Kinnard
acted as COGP Tour Director from 2003-2011 with Jones taking
over as of 2012.
Ohio Grand Prix is a series of grass roots tournaments played
in various locations throughout Central Ohio each spring and
summer. Players receive Grand Prix points (see "Points")
based on their performance in each tournament. The Masters tournament
is held following the season. All draws for the Masters are
limited to players who have competed on the COGP Tour.
offer competition in Mens and Womens Singles and Doubles, Mens
and Womens 35 & Over Singles and Doubles, Mens and Women's 45
& Over Singles and Doubles, Mens 55 & Over Singles and Doubles,
Mens 65 & Over Singles and Doubles, Mixed Doubles and 35 &
Over Mixed Doubles. Most junior tournaments offer Boys and Girls
18 & Under Singles and Doubles, Boys and Girls 16 & Under Singles,
Boys and Girls 14 & Under Singles and Doubles, and Boys and
Girls 12 & Under Singles; some offer additional events.
may enter tournaments by:
entry at www.cogp.com
2) online entry at www.usta.com via Tennislink
3) mailing entry forms to the tournament director
4) phone entries to the tournament director
Some tournaments will not accept registration by phone, through
the Grand Prix office or online. Entry forms should be read
completely and entry procedures followed carefully.
who wants to play doubles is encouraged to find their own partner.
If a player wishes to play doubles but does not have a partner,
the tournaments, in coordination with the Grand Prix, will try
to form compatible doubles teams if other players without partners
qualify for the Masters individually in all doubles events.
Both players on a doubles team must have played at least one
tournament in the division they wish to enter.
receive the following "Grand Prix" points for each
tournament they play. Players must actually win a round to receive
points; byes do not count as a round won if you lose your next
match, defaults do.
(per match won)
regardless of age, is eligible to play in open events. For the
year Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, you are eligible to play in:
divisions (18, 16, 14, 12) if you have not exceeded the maximum
age by the last day of the month during which the tournament
is scheduled to start. (For example, if you turn 19 in September,
you can play in the 18 & under division through August or
if an 18 & under tournament starts in August and finishes
in September, you can still play that tournament.)
divisions are open to players who will have reached in minimum
age requirement at any time during the year.