The end of the month, Sunday, September 30th, we have our 4th Annual PATA Tennis Park of Fame Clinic and Inductions for 2018, which once again is held at the Yavapai College tennis facility.
It’s a day of local and state tennis professionals coming together and donating their time to run a clinic from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on 6 of the 7 courts at Roughrider with a fun tennis theme on each court. Participants rotate every 25 minutes to each court and at the end all have a brown bag lunch together right before the inductions begin on court 7 at 12 noon (to around 2 p.m.) 48 spots to sign up for in the clinic – email firstname.lastname@example.org
The cost for the clinic is $40.00 per person (includes clinic and lunch) and no admission fee to attend the induction ceremony and all people in the area are encouraged to attend this intimate event.
This year the inductees are:
Nationally – the “Austin Family”. Pam, Jeff, Doug, John and Tracy.
They are one of the premier families in the game of tennis in the United States with 5 siblings all playing division 1 college tennis, 4 playing professionally, two of them (Tracy and John) winning grand slam titles, and Tracy attaining the #1 ranking in women’s tennis. Come listen to their story, it truly is amazing.
Locally – all local (Prescott & PV) high school players who have won State High School Titles in singles and doubles.
Trisha Kempton – Singles title in 1996 at PHS and then two more after moving to Tucson.
Tobias Campbell and Oliver Clark – as the #16 seeded team for Bradshaw Mountain High School won the doubles title in 2006.
Sterling Fetty and Corey Bennett – (PHS) won the doubles title in 1999.
Shannon and Michelle Howell – (PHS) won the high school doubles title in 1983 and took 2nd place the year before.
Jack Kapp and Joe Love – (PHS) won the 3A Doubles title in 1942, which would make Jack and Joe in their 90’s. (Does anyone have any information on either of these guys? Local family members? Still trying to find someone to represent them at the event.)
Honoring those who have made tennis in the area and beyond continue to grow and stay vibrant as a volunteer, player, organizer, facility owner, coach or professional is our way of saying, “Thank you.”
The money made from running these events goes to grow the game of tennis in the area, with improved programs and facility care for juniors, adults and seniors – and it does make a difference.
Hope coming to one or both of these events works for you.