HPTA Round Robin

Thanks to our recent new-member volunteers who helped at the Round Robin desk (l-r) Raul Travieso, Cherie Welch, Yvette Major-Garrett, Melissa Peairs, and Brandy Malbrough.

About the HPTA Round Robin
For more than 44 years, HPTA has hosted the Round Robin at BREC’s Highland Park Tennis Center, contributing to the vitality and growth of tennis in our region. Join us for an upcoming Round Robin! The HPTA Round Robin is open to anyone and everyone over 18 years of age who would like to play. We host players of all skill levels and ensure that everyone has an enjoyable experience.

RSVP for this week’s Round Robin (everyone must RSVP)
First-time guests are free
Click here to RSVP for this week’s Round Robin!

Round Robin fees
$5 for members
$8 for guests (not a member yet? Click here to join HPTA and save $3 every Saturday)
Free for first-time guests and HPTA volunteers

Round Robin schedule
January 30, Highland Park (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
February 6, Highland Park (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
February 13, Highland Park (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
February 20, Forest Park (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
February 27, Highland Park (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
March 6, Highland Park (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
March 13, Highland Park (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
March 20, Highland Park, (8 a.m. – noon)
March 27, Highland Park, (8 a.m. – noon)
April 3, Highland Park, (8 a.m. – noon)
April 10, Highland Park, (8 a.m. – noon)
April 17, Highland Park, (8 a.m. – noon)
April 24, Highland Park, (8 a.m. – noon)

Quick procedural notes:
* Players must be 18 or older.
* All skill levels are welcome, from beginner to advanced.
* We provide courts, tennis balls, snacks, and other players — just RSVP, show up, and play!
* Arrive and leave anytime you want; play according to your schedule.
* We play doubles only.
* The Round Robin is purely recreational; score is kept, but it doesn’t count like in league.
* Put your name on the board when you’re ready to play; once your block has four players’ names, go to an open court, play a set, and come back in to repeat the process.
* HPTA officers and volunteers are always on site to answer questions and resolve any issues.

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Fred Aldrich

We are sad to report that longtime HPTA member Fred Aldrich passed away Dec. 2, 2020. Fred served HPTA cheerfully for many years and in many ways as a volunteer.

He always shared his delight of tennis at the Round Robin, and he was quick to share his happy personality and hearty laugh with everyone he met. Fred was a man of many talents, and we encourage you to click here to read about his interesting and varied career. 

Jo Le Blanc

Jo, 86, passed away Dec. 4, 2020. She played tennis in several National Senior Olympics and represented the tenacity of HPTA, helping found the organization in 1976 against all odds. The first courts had ropes for nets, and the “clubhouse” was an outhouse. Today, 44 years later, HPTA is strong because of dedicated members like Jo.

Jo played nearly every Saturday at the Round Robin, and her tenaciousness was never more evident than her epic Highland Open tournament match against two young “whipper snappers.” Jo, who was in her 70s at the time, and her partner, Fritzi, who was approaching 80, played in the 2.5 division against two women in their 20s. At the end of the three-hour, three-set match, the two young players stumbled off the court, drenched in sweat, and exclaimed, “Those two old ladies beat us!” 

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HPTA Membership Info

Membership in HPTA is not required to participate in our weekly Round Robins and other activities, but members enjoy perks throughout the year, such as discounted Round Robin fees ($5 instead of $8), special membership activities, free food, and more. Single memberships are $20/year, and family memberships are $30. Click here to renew your membership or to join HPTA for the first time!

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