This past weekend the Tennis Department at Oakmont Country Club in Corinth, Texas held a 12-hour continuously running marathon doubles tennis match to raise money toward the club’s Charity Classic fundraising.
With a goal of raising $400, doubling the Tennis Department’s contribution over last year, more than 20 participants played two hour shifts, with a new team rotating in every hour. Players included both Members and Guests – including a reunion of mixed doubles partners, a father/daughter team, and old friends – plus several Tennis Department staff members and even Membership Director Joe Cotter, who surprised everyone with his skills on the court.
Play was nearly interrupted at one point when a team had to cancel at the last minute but, luckily, the continuity was saved when one of the doubles team volunteered to play an extra two hours, for a total of four hours on the court.
At the end of the marathon – which began at 8 a.m. and ended at 8 p.m. – and thanks to one player’s extra contribution, the event raised a total of $500 – exceeding the goal.
The club already is discussing next year’s event and extending the marathon to 36 hours, beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday and playing through 8 p.m. on Sunday with playing going round the clock through the weekend. A great idea and a great reason to hit the courts!
Oakmont Country Club in Corinth, Texas, kicked off Wimbledon last weekend with their own Wimbledon tennis event that included an all-white tennis code, tea sandwiches, and strawberries and cream and, for the winner, a tennis bag from HEAD’s new Wimbledon collection. In addition, a consolation prize was given to the participant in most blatant disregard of the all-white dress code.
At Prestonwood Country Club in Dallas, Director of Tennis John Ingram III, his Tennis Staff and the Golf Course Maintenance Staff go all out each year creating a grass tennis court during Wimbledone. Members also don their whites and play a few matches getting a close-to-authentic grass courts experience.
Kudos to Oakmont and Prestonwood for paying tribute and honoring the oldest – and widely regarded as the most prestigious – tennis tournament in the world.