Wednesday, February 8, 2012

This Weekend in Local (Fort Myers) Tennis

The tennis weekend is zipping toward us with all sorts of events in store. Among them are USPTA Pro League (Shadow Wood), club championships (Gulf Harbour), tennis tournaments (Edison Classic at Fort Myers Racquet), and charity events (Fiddlesticks).

Edison Tennis Classic
As I mentioned in a recent blog, singles and mixed doubles play in the 39th Annual Edison Tennis Classic at Fort Myers Racquet Club begin this Friday. I know the deadline has passed to enter, but I’m not sure that you couldn’t get in if you gave Carly Carpenter a call at 239-321-7552. Doubles will start on Friday the 17th, so you might be able to jump in that event if doubles is your game.

USPTA Pro League @ Shadow Wood
The Fort Myers Ritzman Tennis USPTA Pro League is also back in action at 4pm this Friday the 10th at Shadow Wood Country Club. With only three matches to play before the Playoffs at Legends, every match is a big match. The competition ought to be pretty intense this Friday.

Captain Jim Katterfield’s Boston Retirement Advisors’ (BRA) 7.5-point lead is probably too much for second place AutoDrive (AD) to overcome, but the race for second is still tight (2.5 points) between AD and Harborside Dental (HD), and Johnny Malloy’s (JM) is only six points out of second.

Fun Giving at Fiddlesticks 
Perhaps more important than any of the events is the Nichols-Fiddlesticks Charity Foundation's Annual Tennis and Kids-4-Kids Walkathon on Saturday, February 12. The tennis component is a part of the Bobby Nichols Fiddlesticks Charity Foundation, which benefits the Children’s Advocacy Center and ACT.

In this, its sixth year, organizers are planning an evening affair with a tennis tournament, a tennis exhibition, food, music, adult entertainment and, most importantly, a lot of fun and laughs! Last year the event raised more than $60,000 for the charities.

According to Moriah Morris, one of the event coordinators, speaking about the kids’ participation, “We have face painting, laser tag, bounce houses, crafts, and all sorts of other things. The kid’s always really enjoy their time.” From the event description it sounds as though the adults who participate are likely to have a pretty good time as well, while contributing to worthy causes. There are far more details than I can give you here, so please call or email Moriah or Kathy at 239-768-6439 and for more info.

I’m sure there has to be lots more going on this weekend, after we have as much a tennis hotbed as there is anywhere. Unfortunately, I’m not as in the know as I’d like to be. But I’ll keep working on it…for as long as it makes sense! Game, set, match… T. A.

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