As a region of the United States Tennis Association, USTA Southern cover tennis enthusiasts across nine states in the South: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The John Strang Championships and the Chattanooga Doubles Tournament are level 3 USTA Southern Events. The Tennessee State Open is a level 4 tournament. Play begins on Saturday and will conclude on Sunday. Most out of town athletes will travel in on Friday evening and stay through Sunday morning.