Thanks to all of our athletes that came out to NC State for our 7th Annual Winter Chill Tournament. We had such a great time on Saturday! We hope you all did too. Look for more photos and results this week.
New online clinic sign up currently available for Raleigh clinics! Sign up and see if your friends are also coming
Please try out our new online clinic sign up! We are trying to add features that make participation and coordination easier for everyone. Any feedback you give us will help improve the experience even more.
In order to see who is coming, select a clinic date from the drop down box. Toward the bottom of the event page you will see a list of attendees. As of this writing you can sign up more than one player at a time. Currently you can register for one clinic at a time.
Registration is now available for the 2014 Winter Chill Tournament in Raleigh, Saturday, December 6th. Whatever your level of play, we would love to see you on the courts. You can participate in matches on the Full Court or Short Court. Not ready for tournament play? Hit with our coaches and volunteers on the Skills Court.
Players from the NC State Women’s tennis team will be on hand to help out and to be your doubles partner!
Wow, the past few weeks have been a whirlwind! August 19th at the Winston-Salem Open, Abilities Tennis was featured in an exhibition match before the pros donned the court. The father-son dynamic duo, Charles and Justin Hunsucker, took on Kristine Hughes and Lou Welch, first time partners. The competition was exciting with all four at the net battling out most of the points. Charles’s deceptively spinny serve posed a problem for Lou as did Justin’s line drive shots at Lou at the net. Kristine held her own as we battled over every point! A grand time was had by all….looking forward to next year!
Then it was on to our fundraiser sponsored by RTA (Raleigh Tennis Association) on September 5th. The fundraiser was aptly named Footprints on the Court and was under way back in early 2013. Over 35 creative baskets were made by league tennis teams to be auctioned off at the tournament being held at North Hills Club in Raleigh. Over 120 people signed up to play mixed doubles and women’s doubles on this Friday evening from 6:00 – 10:00 pm. Truly it was like a swarm of bees came in and worked diligently creating an exciting ambience for the athletes and participants. By 6:00 the athletes were warmed up and ready to play in the exhibition matches. We had one court of singles and a court of doubles. Participants included Brian Buker, Matt Carpenter, Darek Alexiou, Jacob Melcher, Adam Martin, Ruth Hochstrasser and Kristine Hughes. Many of the athletes played for 4 hours, taking a short break to enjoy dinner.
Though the rain cut short play for some, many continued through the drizzle. Because of the rain, we did not have time to thank so many who made this event such a huge success. Susan Flanagan and her team worked tirelessly for months. They were amazing and I heard many comments on the professional quality of this tournament. Also, we thank Wells Fargo, Merz Aesthetics and North Hills Club. Shane Wells went out of his way to be accommodating, making all the courts available for our use and providing the balls. Many club members played in the tournament and asked for it to return next year! Yes, we will!
Now it is on to planning the Winter Chill! We will keep you posted as we nail down dates and places.