In spite of grim predictions for rainy weather and an early morning bit of precipitation, the courts at Argonaut High School were dry and clean for ATC players who assembled at 10:00 AM on January 1st, 2010. Fourteen players and one official (Rosemary Bergson) set up tables of delicious brunch treats, coffee and juice before drawing numbers and taking to the courts for nearly two hours of happy competition. Despite the photos at lower left, there was actually tennis and not just eating!
Three courts held short doubles matches with two players going head-to-head in singles on the 4th court. Players tracked number of games won -- on the honor system. Round-robin official, Ms. Bergson, watched from her director’s chair courtside, for any obvious violations of rules, sportsmanship or scoring. No penalties or fines were issued.
Rumors abounded that the grand prize was a new car from Prospect Motors, a full tank of gas paid for... Winner only had to pick up the balance of the loan, insurance and registration fees… but the car never materialized. Which was just as well as some players -- we’ll respect their anonymity -- were coming up with scores in the low thirties. Since the maximum number of games played was something like 20… well, it just sounded a bit suspicious.
A good time was had by all. The official Round Robin time clock wound down at 12:00 Noon and players assembled for a short “state of the club and courts” address, by ATC President Rosalie Escamilla. President Escamilla kicked off the meeting by trying to persuade someone else to take the crown, but since no one stepped forward, she agreed to serve another year.
After a brief summary of the 2009 tennis activities, Rosalie presented a proposal that the ATC club adopt a Court
Restoration Project for the Argonaut High School Courts. Click here for more details and to find out how you can help
keep our most used tennis courts safe and playable for another five+ years.
Many thanks to Rosalie for organizing this fun event!