Tahoe Tennis Classic back for 33rd edition; doubles tournament to break in resurfaced courts at Zephyr Cove Tennis Club
ZEPHYR COVE — Fast or slow? That will be the question as players take to the newly resurfaced courts at Zephyr Cove Tennis Club for the 33rd annual Tahoe Tennis Classic. The all-doubles adult tournament returns to the club July 28-31.
The six hard courts are like new, painted a lighter and darker shade of green and already being broken in by locals. The tournament brought out a record number of participants last year from nine states, and officials are expecting an equal or greater amount this year.
The tournament’s growth in popularity has made it a four-day event. To accommodate everyone, some matches will be played at nearby courts.
“We will be forever grateful to Hersch and Sheryl Herschman for having the vision to start this event,” tournament director Bob Beutenmiller said. “We have been building on their successful hosting of the premier tennis tournament in the greater Lake Tahoe area.”
Since the nonprofit Zephyr Cove Tennis Club Foundation took over operations two years ago, the event has become more than a tennis tournament. Douglas County owns the courts at the club, but the foundation maintains both them and the tennis facility.
The Saturday night dinner is now a much sought-after ticket because of the camaraderie — even among those who were foes on the courts — and the party atmosphere on the eve of the finals. This night is a major fundraiser for the club with a raffle and silent auction.
Proceeds from this year’s event will be allocated to pay off the resurfacing debt. There is no need to participate in the tournament to attend the dinner at Harveys Lake Tahoe, anyone is welcome to attend for $30.
Entry fee for the various divisions is $80, with a second event $30; every player is guaranteed at least two matches and some swag. The deadline to signup is July 24.
More information and a registration form is available on ZCTC’s website at http://www.zctennis.com/tahoe-classic-tournament. Zephyr Cove Tennis Club is on Warrior Way off Highway 50 in Zephyr Cove.