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September 2021 Newsletter

Congratulations to Judy McBrearty’s 40+ 3.5 women’s team. They are going to Sectionals in two weeks. Gilroy Tennis Club wishes you good luck and we know you will represent us well. Go get ‘em, gals.

Upcoming Events:

Chili Cook-off: Mark your calendar for our annual chili cook-off on October 16th, Sarah’s Vineyard from 6:00-9:00. We need chefs so if you have a special chili, please let us know that you would like to cook. It is all of our great chefs that makes this event so special. Please seriously consider being one.

Cost will be $30.00 per person with our chefs getting in for free. The price includes 2 glasses of wine, corn bread, salad, appetizers, dessert, chili samples and music by Rich Gamboa.

This event will be open to the public 21+ years of age. Please invite your friends and family to join us for an evening of fun. A flier will be coming out in the near future with all of the details.

October Halloween Tournament: A spooktacular mixed doubles tennis tournament on October 29th from 6:00-8:00. Mark your calendar. More details to follow as we get closer. Costumes encouraged.

Pickleball issue: The City Administrator stated the pickleball players have until their court reservation runs out which is September 30th. The deal between the city and the pickleballers was they had to return to Wheeler Auditorium once it opened up after Covid.

If people question why we will not share courts 5 and 6 with pickle ball, here are some facts:

1. The tennis club has put in over $200,000 into all six courts for community tennis.

2. We are a USTA facility and we need five courts for our five line teams. Court 6 was paid for by the Tennis Club and one of the members.

3. The Tennis Club pays for all upkeep and improvements for these six tennis courts. This includes: re-surfacing, windscreens, nets, net straps, posts. The Tennis Club has purchased bleachers, (one that Little League uses), installed cement benches alongside the courts, and our granite table. We were instrumental in providing electricity to the courts. If I have forgotten something, someone can chime in.

The City of Gilroy does not contribute any money which saves money for them to be spent elsewhere. We maintain these courts for all the citizens of Gilroy who want to play tennis whether they are tennis club members or not. We support Parks and Recreation’s junior and adult tennis classes and their summer tennis camps.

Courts 5 and 6 as of today, have $10,000 worth of damage done to them when the pickle ballers gray taped their lines. The tape pulled up the surface and sand is coming through. If anyone has played on those courts with the pickle ball lines, one will see how confusing it is to play tennis with all of the lines on the courts.

While we recognize the need for pickle ball courts, Las Animas courts are not the answer. With all of the new people moving south, there are a lot more people playing tennis in the mornings and evenings plus weekends. We need to service that community.

We have stated we will help the pickle ballers find funding for pickle ball courts and we look forward to having pickle ball courts hopefully at Las Animas Park right alongside the tennis courts.

That is it for now. Please consider attending our two club events that were mentioned above. It is your support that helps us fund the needed improvements at Las Animas.

Carol