Those familiar with the area know that April can’t possibly compete with the smorgasbord of tennis we have had over the past couple of months, but there are some things going on that might interest you.
FGCU’S March Madness this Weekend
Before April gets here, though, don’t forget that the Guys in Green and Blue at FGCU Men’s Tennis have their final home stand starting tomorrow and ending Saturday. They are currently in second place in the Atlantic Sun Conference, and picking up two wins against strong conference foes, including the nationally-ranked, defending champion ETSU Buccaneers would be huge. Read more here.
Madisen’s Match at The Landings
Chief among April events may be Madisen’s Match, one of the area’s premier charity events, which consists of a weekend of tennis activities at The Landings, Yacht, Golf, & Tennis Club in Fort Myers, April 5th and 6th. The festivities begin on Friday evening at 6pm with live entertainment and cocktails at The Landings, and conclude Saturday evening at 5:30pm with closing ceremonies.
|2012 Madisen's Clinic participants|
Along the way, participants will have the opportunity to take a clinic with former and current top-100-ranked tennis players, participate in a Pro-Am, have lunch with the tennis greats, and view doubles and singles exhibitions by players with skills we can only dream about.
|Duane Chaney with Tennis Channel's|
Murphy Jensen in background
at 2012 event
If you don’t already know, which means you have missed the public relations blitz (click here for Co-Founder Duane Chaney’s appearance on Fox 4 Morning Blend), the proceeds for this 5th Annual Madisen’s Match will benefit Lee Memorial Health System’s Regional Cancer Center, and Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.
|Landings Tennis Director|
Paul D'Amico with Madisen
Find out much more by visiting the Madisen’s Match website, or by contacting Robin Grande at 239-482-3211 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Florida Sports Expo
I know you will be extremely busy on Saturday, right? But there’s something for you to think about for Sunday as well. The Florida Sports Expo will be held at JetBlue Park April 5 – 7, and according to the event website, there will be over “160 interactive vendor displays, festival foods, beer, dining areas,” and all sorts of fun things for kids and adults participate in and see. Our own Lee County Community Tennis Association (LCCTA) will be onsite, and I suspect there will be some tennis opportunities to be had. Check out the website for all the pertinent info.
Beach Tennis on the Horizon
Just in case you forgot or didn’t read my March episode of what’s happening in town (heaven forbid!), I’ll remind you that Beach Tennis, the real deal, is coming to town April 19 – 21and you can play or watch some of your friends play. I know some of our pro leaguers plan to get sandy that weekend, and I’m pondering it myself. If you want to check it out and/or register for the event, click here.
LCCTA Three Oaks Designated Tournament
Speaking of the LCCTA, the organization will host the Lee County CTA April (Designated) L5 B&G16, at the Barbara Manzo Tennis Center at Three Oaks Park, April 27 - 29. Essentially, that’s a major event for many of the junior players seeking a State ranking. One way you can tell it’s a major event is by the number of applicants, which already number 51, more than two weeks away from the deadline…and this is just one age group! Should be some event!
Three Oaks Early Bird Summer Camp Special
Since I have Three Oaks on the brain, if you have young ones who might enjoy tennis camp this summer, there will be junior camps starting as early as May 28 and running through the first week in August. The Three Oaks staff is offering an “early bird” special for registration prior to April 1st. It sounds like a deal to me, and you can check it out here.
That’s about all I have for now, so see you around the courts. Game, set, match…T. A.