Some of the finest racquetball players in the country will team-up this week for the largest tournament ever to be played on Utah courts.

The National Doubles Championships will begin Wednesday at the Sports Mall. The finals will be Sunday.This event has become important to top players because half of the U.S. Olympic Festival team is selected from the finalists.

"So the draw has gotten larger and more competitive each year," pointed out Luke St. Onge, American Amateur Racquetball Association director.

According to tournament director Rick Strout, about 1,200 players are expected to enter. The top men's and women's finisher will be appointed to the U.S. team.

Doug Ganim of Columbus, Ohio, and Dan Obremski of Pittsburgh, Penn., who recently won their second World Championships doubles title in Caracas, Venezuela, will be the No. 1 seeded team.

Michelle Gilman of Ontario, Ore., who won every open amateur national title on the circuit in 1989, will be back to defend her share of the tournament.

In addition to Open and A division, other divisions include junior veterans, seniors, masters and golden masters.

With the exception of the finals, all matches will be open to the public.