Tennis Update – August 27, 2012

$100,000 First Republic Bank Tiburon Challenger Oct. 6-14, 2012

We are less than 2 months away from the 2012 First Republic Bank Tiburon Challenger. The 2011 Challenger proved to be our greatest success with Ivo Karlovic defeating Sam Querrey in a three set final with both players now ranked top 55 in the world. The ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) announced that the SAP Open in San Jose will no longer be on the ATP schedule after 2013 making the Tiburon Challenger the only men’s professional tennis tournament in the Bay Area. Organization is going well and we need to raise the last $20K to complete our fundraising goals. Courtside private boxes are still available at $1,500 for front row and $1,000 for 2nd row – see the Sponsorship page for details. All sponsorship contributions are tax deductible made out to the California Mentor Foundation who makes a donation on the challenger’s behalf to the Reed School Foundation to benefit physical education programs. If sponsoring is not in the cards for you this year, there are other ways to help the tournament. The challenger’s officials need to be housed so you can become an Officials Housing Sponsor. Volunteers and ball staff are also needed throughout the tournament. If you are interested in sponsoring, volunteering or housing, please contact Tennis Director Scott Potthast at

TPC Team Tennis Day (Labor Day)

TPC will be hosting its first team tennis day on Monday, September 3rd (Labor Day). Format: each team will have 2 women and 2 men and placed into a (no more than) 4 team draw. Levels offered are 3.0, 3.5, 4.0+. All players on team must have the same USTA rating (except 4.0+).
Each match will consist of 1 women’s doubles, 1 men’s doubles and 2 mixed doubles playing 1 set no-ad with a tie-breaker to 5 at 5-5. Team who wins greatest amount of games will advance. Team entry forms must be submitted to Tennis Director Scott Potthast by August 27th. Only the first 4 teams at each level will be entered. Download your Team Entry Form.

TPC Fall Junior Tennis Program

The fall junior tennis program is scheduled to start the week of August 27th. We have clinics for every level player from the total young beginner to the advanced tournament player. Registration forms are available in the foyer or on the Tennis home page on the website.

USTA District Playoffs

TPC was proud to send two of our team to the district playoffs the weekend of August 11-13. Paul Bressie’s 4.0 team travelled to Folsom to do battle in 100 degree plus temperatures. The team had a solid win on Friday beating Petaluma 4-1, and then succumbed to a tough Sun Oaks team 3-2 being on the wrong side of 3 super tie-breaker matches on Saturday. Their Sunday match was against the local and always tough Gold River Racquet Club. I’m sure the heat and the sore muscles were a factor in the 4-1 loss.

Matt Chatham’s 5.0 team travelled to Hayward to do battle in 80 degree temperatures. The rest of this summary will be brief as the team was swept all three days, no thanks to yours truly!

Even though we didn’t push a team into the Sectionals, TPC had a very strong adult league season and I look forward in seeing the new ratings at the end of the year. Congrats to all who played.
Onto Combo Season!

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Scott Potthast
Tennis Director