If you haven't participated in a tennis special event, it's time. These events bring the tennis community together in a fun, social and sometimes competitive way.
This year, we started with our first ever Team Tennis Tournament. It was patterned after World Team Tennis, where men and women play together and compete against other co-ed squads.
Then there was the largest club tournament I have ever run: the Bellevue Club/Central Park Tournament. With nearly 500 entries, it was hosted at both sites during ten days of play. It was exciting to bring the community together and celebrate the sport.
In March, we set out for our annual tennis vacation to Palm Desert to see the best tennis players in the world compete in the BNP Paribas Open.
While in the desert, we even took one afternoon to play on grass, hard and clay courts. I find it amazing that the best professional players can win on all three surfaces.
In April, we brought out another new tournament: Battle of the Sexes. It was Bobby Riggs versus Billie Jean King all over again. But this time, the men won!
May was the adult/junior doubles night, where juniors paired with an adult for a great family event—one we all look forward to annually.
Doubles challenge nights for different levels took over in June—competition always followed by pizza and beer—and led perfectly into this month, July.
It's a big month, as we'll be hosting the ninth annual MXD Championship. The mixed-doubles event is always popular, and it also serves as a fundraiser, with this year's benefactor being the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
As fall approaches, we look forward to a kickoff event in early September, the annual Bellevue Club/Mercer Island Country Club tournament in mid-October and the tennis banquet in November.
The November ceremony is a formal way to recognize the outstanding achievements in tennis made throughout the year. The evening always includes staff skits and lots of laughs.
As expected, we continue to run the weekly ladies' and men's nights Monday and Wednesday, respectively, in addition to special programming. The BC also offers the largest mixed-doubles night in the Pacific Northwest every Friday night with nearly 50 players involved weekly.
With all the different ways to get involved in tennis, we hope to see you at one of the upcoming events. Expand your membership onto the courts; it really is a great group of people.
BELLEVUE CLUB MANAGEMENT TRANSITION
As you may have heard, Brian Flaherty, the Club's General Manager, has left the Bellevue Club to pursue other opportunities. Brian has done an outstanding job in his position here for more than three years, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.
With established depth of experience in place at every level, looking ahead, daily operations and service with our members will continue as usual. Bellevue Club President S.W Thurston will continue to work closely with management during this period.