Thirty-Six eager members were treated to some great tennis and amazing surprises at the club's first social of the 2017 summer season.
Club operations manager Jeff Landers and his team pulled out all the stops to make this event one of the best the club has seen in a very long time and at no cost to our guests I might add thanks to the generous support from Woo Dental and many of the sponsor donors!
As guests arrived, they were greeted by club member Glenda and given a beautiful HEAD sprint pro shoebag full of goodies including a can of ProPenn balls, HEAD overgrip & damper, Well be Well cold pressed juice, Handfuel marcona almonds, Woo Dental health pac and Unionville's Hair Say Salon & Spa 25%-off coupon.
For the first hour, guest tennis pro extraordinaire Alex Gravina organized all the guests across 6 courts, running various drills lead by our own club pros Lauren Chypyha and Kusal Fernando with help from club players Jordan, Peter, Devin and Priscilla. The courts were rock'n with some great music to keep everyone energized!
By about 7:15pm and after a good workout, everyone was ready to relax with an amazing buffet BBQ prepared by our friends at M&Ms Meats. Chicken & beef burgers, salads, ice-cold drinks and lots of chips, munchies and dessert were served up.
During our meal we were treated to a single-set exhibition match on Court 1 with our own Lauren Chypyha against club player and U18 junior provincials doubles champion Peter Kuszynski. It was a tough match and each player displayed some amazing shot-making; volleys and drop-shots mixed with a few overheads and forehand winners were flying from both ends of the court. In the end, Peter was victorious and described his winning strategy simply as "Push the ball ... put every ball in the court."
As if that wasn't enough, there were some fabulous draw prizes that included a Sharapova tennis bag, a HEAD racquet, and an Aviva Centre tour followed by a 2 hour hit on centre court for winner Rob Radinov and his family!
To end the evening, those with energy remaining played some round-robin tennis under the lights. Each of our guest pros/players were assigned to a court to play along and raise the excitement and competition.
To see what you missed, check out all the event pictures at www.markhamtennisclub.ca/G2017