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Oakmont Country Club in Corinth, Texas, recently took a step back in time and held a tennis tournament requiring the participating adults to use only wooden tennis racquets. The club simultaneously held a regular-racquet junior tournament to keep the kids busy while their parents played. Despite a very rainy morning, quite a few turned out to play and it was quite the family affair. In the hotly contested 12-year-old boys division Ryan Lyles, whose dad played in the wooden racquet tournament, beat out Hud Huskins, whose mother won the wooden racquet tournament. Meanwhile, family members were on hand to cheer on their siblings and parents.

Kudos to all the departments that worked together to make the event a success. Member Relations promoted the event, the Food and Beverage Staff provided a great set-up of appetizers, and the Head Tennis Professional Jason Goldman-Petri nearly gave up his mint wooden racquet as a loaner for a needy player.

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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.

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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.

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Kudos to Oakmont and Prestonwood for paying tribute and honoring the oldest – and widely regarded as the most prestigious – tennis tournament in the world.

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