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Press Coverage

2013
Extending the play; Wayton Open spills into a 3rd week of competition by John Goralski from the Southington Observer
"The 2013 Wayton Open championship has already proven to be more competitive than any previous year."
Southington Observer - July 26, 2013
Wayton Open holds court; Local tennis tournament attracts hundreds in 2013 by John Goralski from the Southington Observer
"When Matt Wayton opened registration for the 2013 Wayton Open tennis tournament, he wasn?t ready for anything that followed. Within a few days, he was deluged with entries."
Southington Observer - July 19, 2013
2012
Sixth annual Wayton Open wraps up this weekend by Nick Carroll from the Southington Citizen
"The Wayton Open tennis tournament kicked off last weekend with the biggest field yet in the event's six-year history."
Southington Citizen - July 26, 2012
Bigger than ever, the Wayton Open Tennis Tournament starts Friday by Sean Krofssik from the The Record-Journal
"The tourney began as a group of 10-20 Southington High grads and has blossomed into 154 players in four divisions."
The Record-Journal - July 19, 2012
Southington tennis tournament continues to grow by Cat Hill from the The Record Journal
"The tournament was founded by Matt Wayton, a Southington High School tennis team alum. He says he is passionate about the sport and wanted to continue its growth in the community."
The Record Journal - June 1, 2012
Matt Wayton Pushing Tennis 'For the Love of the Game' by Jason Vallee from the Southington Patch
"The annual tournament has quickly grown into a summer staple in the community, with Southington High School drawing competitors from across the northeast in 2011."
Southington Patch - May 9, 2012
2011
Wayton Open is Open to All by John Goralski from the Southington Observer
"It's a hometown tournament, and it's a chance to give back to the community that they grew up in," he said. "A lot of people come home during the summer when they're college kids, and they like to come back to their home courts and continue playing. It's good to see all their buddies and come around for a few games of tennis. It's good to be competitive."
Southington Observer - July 8, 2011
2011 Wayton Open Tournament Set For June 24-27 by Martha Benevelli from the Southington Steps
"The Wayton Open has also been awarded a $250 grant from Activate Southington. The Tournament has been recognized as an organization that promotes healthy living and exercise."
Southington Steps - May 17, 2011
Date set for 4th Annual Wayton Open by Michael Guerrera from the Southington Citizen
"The Fourth Annual Wayton Open Tennis Tournament is set for June 24 through June 27. The four-day tournament will be held jointly at Southington High School and the Panthorn Park tennis courts. Sponsors include: Florian Properties LLC, Dick's Sporting Goods, Hallmark Framing & Art, Lake Compounce and Adams Advanced Retirement Planning."
Grants: Activate Southington help healthy habits from the Step Saver/ The Observer
"The Wayton Open, a tennis tournament help intermittently since 2007 was served a $250 grant. The tournament now stetches over multiple days and features both men's and women's divisions."
Local health-conscious organizations receive grants by Robert Storace from the New Britain Herald
"Joanna Rabiej, chief operating officer for The Wayton Open, a local tennis tournament, said, "We will be using the money to provide healthy snacks and water for participants." She said the tournament, which is expected to attract 50 people, will take place at the end of June at Southington High School and Panthorn Park."
Grants Given For Gardening, Fitness Programs by Ken Byron from the Hartford Courant
"The Wayton Open, a recreational tennis tournament started in 2007, received $250 to help suppor this year's event, which will be June 24-27."
2010
Top 5 Southington sports stories of 2010 by Michael Guerrera from the Southington Citizen
"In its third year, what may soon be Southington's premier tennis tournament continued to grow. It had its most competitors yet and it continues to expand. While this may not be as well-known as other things, it certainly deserves top attention and is a unique story for the year."
Wayton's Open by Sean Krofssik from the Record Journal
"Because of his appreciation of the sport, Wayton established the eponymous Wayton Open in 2008 and has seen it grown from a 24-player event in the first year to 40 this year."
Record Journal - June 28, 2010