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It used to be one of the premier local tennis tournaments, "the Wimbledon of Baltimore" as Jim Cummings wryly put it.

For decades, The Evening Sun tournament attracted the area's best players to Clifton Park's clay courts.

"Everybody pointed for it and everybody played in it," said Cummings, a longtime player and official.

Known now as the Municipal Tennis Championships of Baltimore City, sanctioned by the U.S. Tennis

Association and sponsored by The Baltimore Sun and the Department of Recreation and Parks, the event was resurrected a few years ago under the guidance of Dorothy Wiltshire, a recreation and parks official.

The tournament will start a six-day run Monday on Clifton Park's hard courts. Because so few players have entered, the entry deadline has been extended to noon Monday. It can be done by calling Wiltshire at 396-6003 or 396-7016.

Competition will be held in six singles categories and three doubles categories.

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