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  • 04 Oct 2012 11:52 PM | Anonymous

    I never had - or thought I needed - a bucket list … that is, until I attended the US Open this year.  Two tickets to the Presidential Suite won through the San Carlos Tennis Club Raffle for improvement of local school tennis facilities, and generously donated by USTA, exposed a world I had hitherto experienced only on TV.  But live, at Arthur Ashe Stadium, sitting 30 feet from the world’s greatest players, up close for every fist pump and grimace, is an addictive experience that makes you want to come back again and again.

    It is the magnitude and grandeur of the event that is not fully captured from one’s flat screen.  The Bill Jean King National Tennis Center provides a bucolic setting on 46 acres for the final Grand Slam of the summer.  Entrance to the grounds is lined by 30-foot fountains encircling the Unisphere, the world’s largest world from the 1964-65 World’s Fair.   Inside the grounds, the excitement is palpable, as you stroll down the walkway of the stars, or visit the USTA Hospitality Center, where a pro can analyze your serve or you can practice shots with a computer partner.

    And, while Arthur Ashe – tennis’ largest purpose-built stadium – and Louis Armstrong stadium are impressive facilities with every seat affording good viewing, there are 22 courts on the grounds where one can watch practice and world class matches of the top names in tennis as well as the up-and-comers only a few dozen feet away – a thrilling encounter everywhere we turned.  An unforgettable experience and a Bucket List #1!  Thanks San Carlos Tennis Club!

    Lisa McKenna

    SCTC Membership & Grand Prize Recipient


  • 13 May 2012 6:11 PM | Anonymous

    What an Experience at 2011 Nationals!

    Beautiful San Antonio welcomed our team for our first 2 matches, which were scheduled for 9 AM and 3 PM, on Friday, 3/30. This first day, we were handicapped by the 2-hour time change, actually playing at 7AM California time coupled with a degree of jet lag. We gave it our best effort, but could not pull off a win against Lake Charles, LA, (Southern area), a team who had gone to Nationals the year before, and who were playing their same three teams. This was a time when experience really counted! And Southern had that experience. The two following matches against Phoenix (Southwest) and New Jersey (Middle States) were very competitive and fun to watch, but unfortunately, we did not prevail. Sorry, folks. Next year, we will not be the new kids on the block and will bring in a win.

    Despite this tennis outcome, all was not lost. San Antonio is a beautiful city, with the River Walk just across the street from the historic Sheraton Gunter Hotel, built in 1909. It's old world ambiance reminds you of the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. The River Walk has been extended for miles and is a charming place to either dine or simply stroll along.

    The USTA officials and volunteers, especially Tosha Smith, the Nationals Director, were efficient, helpful, courteous and friendly. They made us feel at home. I think that is known as "Texas hospitality." The weather cooperated beautifully--no rain. However, fog in San Antonio is not the same as fog in the Bay Area. The first morning, a look out the window, showed fog. We dressed accordingly. When we stepped outside, a primordial mist of hot, humid air greeted us and we started to peel off all the layers. On Saturday, we knew better. The fog was there again, but we knew not to wear warm up clothing and tote around extra jackets. Fooled again. It was COLD fog this time around. We suffered a bit until the sun came out at noon.

    The other teams were fun to watch and fun to talk to as we learned of their area's tennis activities. Some of us "talked trash" about the team to beat--Southern-- but all in good fun. One anecdote. The captain of a certain team, who will remain nameless, offered to share her beer with our team. Yes, it was an early match--ooops!!! did I just give her away? One very good outcome is that the 7.0 level winner was our fellow California team--Southern California. Hooray. Southern was expected to win.

    We learned a lot as a team for our next trip to Nationals -- Get to the location a day early, get plenty of rest, learn the lay of the land, practice on the courts before hand, and have fun out there. Our team thanks all of you members of the San Carlos Tennis Club for your support. As they used to say in the Sixties, we could feel the "good vibes." Next year, we'll do you proud!!!! The SCTC Fifty Mixed 7.0 Team 2011

  • 22 Jan 2012 8:12 PM | Anonymous

    SVTA held a great kids community event at Arguello on Dec 3.  Check out some of our future tennis stars!

  • 09 Nov 2011 1:14 AM | Anonymous

    SCTC wants to Congratulate the 7.0 Mixed 50 team captain by Dorothy Benke and Barby Pickett for their accomplishment of winning the Norcal Sectional tournament this past weekend and now going to the National Championship in April 2012. They have a terriffic team and had to play some very tought competition. This league started with 85 teams participating from Gilroy to Sacramento. Over the weekend that had to play and win 5 matches in 3 days-WOW.

  • 22 Oct 2011 10:57 AM | Anonymous

    Barby Pickett's 50 mixed team won their playoff match and will be getting ready for Sectionals.


  • 13 Jun 2010 10:30 AM | Anonymous

    The second in a series of five Interclub tournaments was held on Saturday, June 5th at the Arguello Courts in San Carlos.  This popular tourney drew 20 men and women in the 3.0-3.5 category from both SCTC and Redwood Shores TC.  The day consisted of a mixture of men’s and women’s doubles, mixed doubles and combo doubles.  We had some very competitive tennis on played but came up short again against RSTC.  Click here to check out pictures from the event. 

    We’re now 0-2 in the Interclub Matches, but we still have another three clubs to go.  The next Interclub schedule is as follows and can also be found on the website.  Look for email announcements to arrive soon!

    July 31                         Millbrae TC - Arguello Courts

    August 7                      SSTC (Orange Park) – Arguello Courts

    September 19            Woodlake TC – Arguello Courts

  • 31 Mar 2010 10:49 PM | Anonymous

    The first of a series of three Interclub tournaments was held on Saturday, March 20th at the Arguello Courts.  The popular event drew 24 men and women in the 4.0-3.0 category from both SCTC and Pacifica TC.  Men’s and women’s doubles as well as mixed were played, with a mixture of competitive but also social tennis.  Scores were tight but Pacifica came out on top this time.  As always, there was great tennis to watch, yummy food to eat (provided by our Pacifica guests), and the usual social camaraderie.  The weather was picture perfect and we may have a couple of Pacifica members interested in coming on board to join SCTC!

    The next Interclub will be June 5, at the Arguello Courts vs Redwood Shores TC.  Look for the announcement to arrive via email the first week of May. Check out a picture from the event.

  • 06 Feb 2010 2:59 AM | Deleted user

    Our first tournament of the year was a great success considering all the rain lately. 24 players registered for the event Jan. 30th. With the rain Friday night, the start time was pushed back to work on getting the courts dry. Thanks to all of those who showed up early to get the courts ready. After lots of work, play started around 11:00 am getting in two sets before lunch. Barbequed chicken, bratwursts and all the fixings were on the menu. Don’t forget the liquid libations! The afternoon supported on more set. Two Sap tickets were given to the top five players with the most wins. The problem was all five never lost a set each having won 24 games. Fewest losses broke the tie.

    Most Importantly all had fun and no broken bones.

    Check out our photos on the Photo Page

    •1)    Ana Akin 24/13

    •2)    Joan Prack 24/15

    •3)    Linda Burk 24/18

    •4)    Rod Sorrensen and Robert Falls 24 wins


    Don’t Miss our Next tournament 2/27


             More Great Prizes and tennis fun



  • 29 Dec 2009 10:45 AM | Anonymous

    Again, a big thank you goes out to all of you who attended the SCTC Holiday Party on December 12, 2009.  This year proved to be another very special evening.  Aside from the great food, beverages and prizes there was a lot of great conversation.  And let us not forget the dancing.  Also, a very special thank you needs to be given to John Geer who arranged for a professional photographer at the event.  It is not very often we get caught in something other than our tennis clothes, so it was nice to have a memory of that moment.  I hope all of you have had a chance to view his album and order your photos.  If not, please e-mail me or John and we will forward it to you.  The photographs are on sale through Costco.  I have already ordered my CD.  I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to again plan the 2010 Holiday Party for such a great group of people.  My goal is to double the attendance from approximately 60 people this year to 120 next.   I will check in early in the year with the date for next year so you can mark your calendar.

    ---Jan Tallett

    SCTC Holiday Party (5).JPG

  • 08 Nov 2009 7:25 PM | Anonymous

    The 2009 SCTC Away Trip at Pajaro Dunes was a total blast!  We had fabulous weather, both on the courts and at the beach.  After hard days of battle and frolic on the courts, we cleaned up fast for serious fun over dinners, dancing, drinking (yes, adult beverages were present), games and more.  From the deck of our Party Central condo, we enjoyed dazzling sunsets stretching from sand and surf to the horizon, blending into clear cool nights decorated by a full moon producing luminescent waves!


    We started out with some fun warm-up tennis on Thursday, and then progressed into half day tournaments played on Friday and Saturday mornings.  


    Thank you to Jim Bjorge and Becky Reiss for setting up the tournament draw. Everyone enjoyed four rounds of tournament play each day, and many die-hards continued to enjoy tennis-‘til-you-drop in the afternoons, while others luxuriated in strolls on the beach.   Could we have gotten any more tennis in? … I don’t think so!  

    Thank you David Aitchison for coordinating the tournament players each day and tracking the scores.  We finished up the tournament early Saturday afternoon with Irina DellaMorte taking first place and Jim Bjorge coming in second place. Congratulations to you both on your wins. 


    After the tournament, we held the White Elephant gift exchange with Jeff Peterson our club President as master or ceremonies. Jeff was truly entertaining during the gift exchange/stealing and had us laughing the whole time.


    Everyone enjoyed two days of lunch at the courts, a fantastic potluck dinner Friday night, Armadillo Willy’s BBQ dinner Saturday night, and finishing up with courtside breakfast on Sunday morning.  Needless to say, with all that food, it's good thing there was lots of tennis … not to mention the dancing after dinner! 

    Special thanks to John Geer for taking the time to shoot dozens of spectacular pictures of us, on and off the courts.  In fact, he had them downloaded and ready to view after each dinner. Thanks for the memories John.  


    I would like to also thank others that helped make this another wonderful and successful away trip – Doug McIlwraith, Joyce Madeira, Walt Thomas, Skipp Prack, Melody Chambers, Joe Poppo, Jim Bjorge.  You all pitched in at various times and I couldn’t have done everything without you.    I also want to thank the thirteen ladies in our host condo who helped me with cleanup.  These ladies were great and good company over the four days. 


    It was simply a most excellent weekend, and we were delighted to have a few new people joining us this year and making new tennis friends.  We hope to see you all again next year, and we look forward to Ana and Tom Akin joining the 2010 SCTC Board as the 2010 Away Trip Directors!


    Rosemary Bardi





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