The Rancho Cienega Tennis Club (RCTC) will host its fifth annual Rancho Team tennis tournament from May 28-30. Due to the construction of Rancho Cienega Park, the tournament will be held at Roger’s Park in Inglewood.
The Memorial Day weekend tournament is open to 64 players: 32 men and 32 women. They will be divided into teams of eight who will compete in the World Team Tennis format, according to tennis club president Michael Rekasner.
“There are men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles with a total of five events creating a team,” Rekasner said. “It’s fun. It’s one of the events we do at the club that a lot of people like.”
The club then randomly distributes people to different teams. RCTC members must pay $ 20 to compete, while non-members must pay $ 40. Anyone can sign up for the tournament, regardless of age, race or level of experience.
Four matches will be played every day, starting every two hours. The tournament starts at 9:00 every day. All participating players will play three games and must be available to compete on Remembrance Day weekend. As in world team tennis, teams are allowed to replace players during matches.
“We create rules that are fair to everyone, whether you are a beginner, whether you are a beginner or an advanced player,” Rekasner said. “It’s a team event, so you want the team to win, so you’ll applaud your team, whether you’re a good person or a newcomer.”
The tournament consists of two evenly spaced brackets, and the winner in both groups will face the championship. The team that wins the championship will win a cash prize.
The RCTC has monthly events that anyone can participate in, and the club also sponsors the Jackie Tatum Tennis Tournament. Along with hosting events, the club works to bring back to the community through its graduate scholarship program. They also host a Thanksgiving benefit tournament.
“It started with turkey dinners, but now we are asking people to donate food and we will turn around and give the food to the homeless shelters,” Rekasner said. “And we’ve turned it into toys now, too. So you bring toys and we will donate them to the community shelters. ”
Members who have since moved from the Los Angeles area still attend RCTC events. For Recasner, RCTC events sometimes create the feeling of a family reunion.
“If you love tennis, you’ll want to go out and just watch one of our events and see how much fun we have in general,” he said. “Once you watch one of our events and see how much fun we have during our events, then you will want to participate.”
For more information on the Fifth Annual Rancho Team Tennis Tournament, visit the Rancho Cienega Tennis Club Facebook page.
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