They're touting it as Friday Night Lights -- Hilton Head Island style.
The Coral Resorts Hilton Head Island Professional Tennis League opens serve on its second season of play at 6 tonight at the South Beach Tennis Club.
The eight-week league features area tennis professionals battling it out on Friday nights for cash --there will be more than $10,000 in cash prizes thanks to seven sponsors -- and bragging rights.
The league consists of four teams, each having 11 to 12 players. Each Friday, two teams meet from 6-8 p.m. in doubles over three courts. After the first match, the remaining two teams play in the same format from 8-10 p.m.
According to Matt Wuller, one of the league's organizers, the level of play is high, with participants ranging from former tour players -- Tommy Shimada was ranked No. 40 in the world in doubles -- to local pros.
"The majority of these guys are open level players," Wuller said.
Wuller said that in its first year, the league drew between 200 and 300 fans early on and as many as 700 the week the USTA senior state tournament was in town.
"A lot of cities around the country do this setup," said Wuller, citing Atlanta, Charleston and others. "But because we're such a close-knit group with the pros, a lot of those other groups get 100 to 150 spectators, and a lot of those people couldn't believe we got 600 people. So it really works to our advantage to have everything so close together."
The matches will change venues from week to week. All matches are free to the public, and concessions will be available at each match.
CORAL RESORTS HILTON HEAD ISLAND PRO TENNIS LEAGUE
Matches are from 6-10 p.m. each Friday and are free to the public.
Tonight: South Beach Tennis Club
April 27: Sea Pines Country Club
May 4: Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center
May 11: Spanish Wells Tennis Club
May 18: Palmetto Dunes Tennis Center
May 25: Rose Hill Tennis Center
June 1: Wexford Tennis Club
June 8: Long Cove Tennis Club