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USTA League National Championships

Rancho Mirage's Mission Hills hosts Nationals, boasts sterling history

September 29, 2012 02:11 PM
Beautiful Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage has hosted multiple Davis Cup ties, a who's who in celebrity members and this weekend's USTA League 2.5 Adult National Championships.
The players who take to the courts this weekend for Nationals compete in matches on the hallowed ground that has hosted International Tennis Hall of Famers Pancho Gonzalez, Rod Laver, Chris Evert, and Virginia Wade – just to name a few.
Dave Sivertson, Director of Tennis and Athletics at Mission Hills Country Club.
By Noreen Javadi, special to USTA.com

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. --
You can feel the history when you step onto the courts at the world famous Mission Hills Country Club. This weekend, the club, which was established in 1972, is hosting the 2012 USTA League 2.5 Adult National Championships.

Colorful banners grace center court boasting of past Davis Cup matches and other events featuring International Tennis Hall of Famers Pancho Gonzalez, Rod Laver, Chris Evert, and Virginia Wade – just to name a few.

"There is quite a history attached to Mission Hills Country Club. It’s a truly special place to be," said Dave Sivertson, Director of Tennis and Athletics at Mission Hills. "We’re honored to have Tommy Tucker, pro emeritus, who has been here for 39 years."

One of the club’s members is Mark Woodforde, who captured 12 Grand Slam men’s doubles titles and five Grand Slam mixed doubles crowns as a member of "The Woodies" with fellow Australian and partner Todd Woodbridge. He is also a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Mission Hills Country Club was the site of the West Coast’s first Davis Cup Final in 1978. That year, John McEnroe, Brian Gottfried, and the doubles team of Stan Smith and Bob Lutz represented the United States and defeated England 4-1.

In 2006, Mission Hills hosted the Davis Cup Quarterfinals on grass. Andy Roddick, James Black and the doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan defeated Chile 3-2 to advance to the semifinals that year.

The competitors playing in this weekend’s National Championships know about some of the tennis history at Mission Hills Country Club.

Keith Harrah, a member of the USTA Southern Section men’s 2.5 team, which plays out of the Pelham Racquet Club in Pelham, Ala. said, "I am aware of the history and I think of all of those great players that have played here. It makes it a totally awesome experience." 

"It’s amazing playing here," said Wendi Enright of the USTA Eastern Section women’s 2.5 team. "We are appreciative of the Club and members. We’re so thrilled to be here. It shows a real commitment to growing the game and to tennis in general for Mission Hills Country Club to open their doors like this."

With beautiful desert surroundings, world-class courts and facilities, this weekend has been a memorable experience for the players competing at the USTA League 2.5 Adult National Championships.
 

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