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May 11, 2010 > Bill Patton Tennis Clinic and Exhibition

Bill Patton Tennis Clinic and Exhibition

By Biff Jones

Local tennis pro Bill Patton brings grand slam tennis champions to "Play to Support Local Tennis."

What do Bob Lutz, Rick Leach and Ross Case all have in common? All three have won grand slam titles and played world team tennis and Davis Cup for their countries. Combined they have garnered 16 grand slam titles and six Davis Cup titles.

Now they will come to Hidden Hills Racquet Club in Hayward at the request of Union City and Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (HARD) tennis professional Bill Patton. Patton also belongs to United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and Professional Tennis Registry (PTR), the largest global organization of tennis teachers and coaches. Jason Beardslee, tennis director at Hidden Hills, is hosting the event.

These tennis greats are coming to participate in a pro-am, including clinic and exhibition, to help raise money to support the resurfacing of local high school tennis courts.

"It's a dream come true to have these great players who are also great guys to come and play in our event," said Patton.

The event, Davis Cup Champion Pro-Am, will be on Saturday, May 15, from 1-6 p.m. Admission is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Participation in the clinic for high school players is $25; the adult clinic is $50; and the all-inclusive opportunity to play with the professionals is $250 and recommended for those playing at the 4.0 level and above.

There will also be a collection of other current and former world ranked players and some very good college players. This level of play is something that should be quite exciting.

Helping with the event is Dr. Don Chu, Ph.D. of Athercare Rehabilitation in Castro Valley and Redwood City, who has made a generous contribution. He will be providing one of his staff members to demonstrate the latest in therapeutic techniques for the ailing athlete.

Scott Borowiak of golf and tennis tour fame is going to be the emcee.

"We expect Scott to stir things up just enough to create a very strong party atmosphere," said Patton. "He is the ultimate master of ceremonies, and will also do the question-and-answer period, and he creates provocative questions, draws out great stories from the great professionals."

The goal is to raise $20,000 for the resurfacing effort at San Lorenzo High School. Supporting such an effort has an indirect effect on the facilities all around the area.

"I want to hold this annually," said Patton, "and make enough funds to complete some terrific capital projects for tennis for everyone."

For more information, and how to register for this event, call Bill Patton at 510-881-2525 or e-mail schooloftennis@gmail.com. E-mail is preferred.

Davis Cup Champion Pro-Am
Saturday, May 15, 1-6 p.m.
Hidden Hills Health & Racquet Club
25200 Carlos Bee Blvd., Hayward
(510) 690-0060
$10 in advance; $15 at door; $25 for high school clinic; $50 for adult clinic; $250 all-inclusive clinic

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