The Twisted Pink - Refuse To Lose charity tennis tournament was held this weekend at The Tennis Club at Springhurst. With hundreds in attendance, the evening starts with a Pro-Am event, followed by a silent auction and a live auction bidding on doubles teams for the main event. From collegiate All-American players to some recently off the tour, it’s a great few hours of tennis for a great cause inspired by cancer survivors who “Refuse To Lose.” The tournament’s co-founder David English and Twisted Pink founder, Caroline Johnson lead the event evening that helps raise over $40,000. Twisted Pink’s mission is to extend life and improve quality of life for late stage breast cancer patients and their families by funding metastatic (stage IV) breast cancer research. Congratulations to this year’s Pro-Am winner, Rally78’s own Jan Barrett and Rick Mount, and the tournament winner, Eric Quigley and Stephen Pobst.
Rally78 has taken its talents to the greater Atlanta area. With the world’s largest confluence of tennis players, there’s no better city for tennis than Atlanta. From Rome to Macon and ITP to OTP, we met with dozens of public facilities excited to help promote our Find-A-Partner app to the tennis lovers in their neighborhood. With over 350,000 players and an estimated 1,200 courts in this region, there’s more tennis than one can imagine. As Druid Hills Tennis Director Sue Hutchinson Carson put it, “If you have a racquet in Atlanta, there’s no shortage of people or places to play.” Rally78 is the perfect tool to help keep new players involved and experienced players playing even more. With easy-to-use features like in-app messaging and groups, players can now keep all their tennis contacts in one location. After meetings with several club managers and pros, the R78 team has specs for its next feature, “Team Connect.” Forget the bulletin boards with handwritten notecards — we’re taking this messaging mobile to connect players and captains too. It’s time for tennis to step into the 21st century - and we’re here to help!
Drop Shots is a casual play tennis league sponsored by the tennis-loving team at USTA Kentucky. It started in 2015, and is now in five Kentucky cities. Once life hits after high school or college it can be hard to stay in the game, so Drop Shots provides a chill, recreational league that promotes playing lots of tennis with fun social hours to connect and make new tennis friends. A perfect combo for Rally78! We introduced Rally78 at the beginning of the season and have had AWESOME feedback from our newest app users. With the latest release of our Groups feature too - there is now an easy way to make sure that all “Drop Shotters” can stay in touch even after the league is over. See you on the courts or at the closest watering hole! Cheers!
The weekend before this year’s 2018 U.S. Open was a special one at the original home of the event, the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, NY. The start of our country’s greatest tennis event, the United States Lawn Tennis Association National Championship (later U.S. Open), began at this location in 1915. And in 1978, when the event was too large for the Forest Hills stadium, they moved it to it’s current location at Flushing Meadows. I was lucky enough to be at the Heritage Dinner the weekend before the Open to enjoy the 50-year celebration of the 1968 U.S. Open played here. To celebrate, the winners of the 1968 event, Virginia Wade and the late, great Arthur Ashe were honored. It was a great privilege to hear Virginia talk about the struggles early on as women fought for equality. And Johnnie Ashe gave an extraordinary speech on the sacrifices he made so that his brother could continue to move the game and our society forward through sport. It was an honor to be a part of the evening, and to share in this piece of history that has helped shape our sport into what it is today. If ever you have the opportunity to visit and play at West Side Tennis Club, it’s a wonderful experience and a storied part of U.S. Open history.