Bank of the West Classic – A fun filled week of tennis in NorCal!
NorCal Staff | September 1, 2016
The Bank of the West Classic never disappoints when it comes to the field of the play. 2016 was no different. Venus Williams fell short of her 50th WTA title to first time WTA champion Johanna Konta. Raquel Atawo and Abigail Spears defeated Darija Durak and Anastasia Rodionova to win the doubles title. USTA NorCal had a ton of fun off the court activities as well.
2016 USTA NORTHERN CALIFORNIA HALL OF FAME INDUCTION
The 2016 Hall of Fame class had an impact beyond the United States whether as a player, coach or activist of the sport. From Larry Dodge’s expertise in reshaping and upgrading tennis facilities to John Frank’s involvement on countless USTA sectional and national boards to help our youth’s development, but also Ceci Martinez whose pioneer‘s vision helped create the women’s professional tour alongside Billie Jean King. ADVERTISEMENT With Martin Mulligan’s sponsorship initiatives for players and Steve Stefanki’s tireless dedication to new coaching methods, this Hall of Fame class truly shows the many ways tennis can be helped. Special thanks to our emcee, Stanford legend Dick Gould.
Thank you to all who attended and showed what an amazing tennis community Northern California is! To see pictures, visit www.facebook.com/ustanorcal.
KIDS DAY WHERE THE KIDS RULE!
On July 18, 2016, over 350 kids were invited to participate in the 13th Annual Kids Day at the Bank of the West Classic, Where the Kids Rule! Hosted by USTA NorCal, in collaboration with IMG, Bank of the West, and USTA Hispanic Engagement Advisory Group, it was a fun filled day with activities for all ability levels – interactive mini tennis games, festive music, prizes, fun competitions, a serving-speed booth, and lunch. A few of the WTA players came by to talk to the kids and autograph Bank of the West Classic posters for them.
Katrina Adams, USTA Chairman of the Board, and the USTA NorCal’s Board President, Margie Campbell, also came to partake in the day’s event! In addition to the festivities, the participating grassroots organizations and tennis programs were treated to free day tickets to the tournament so that they were able to watch the pros in action – something most would not otherwise be able to do. USTA NorCal invited groups from all over the Bay Area, and included the Fresno Parks and Recreation, Richmond Parks and Recreation, Booker T. Washington Community Center, and many more who work with inner-city youth.
HIGH SCHOOL KIDS DAY
Over 100 kids from 10 Bay Area high schools came to play at the first ever Bank of the West Classic High School Day. USTA NorCal staff were there to greet the players and take them through a full morning of action with some games-based drills. Afterwards, the players enjoyed a free lunch, compliments of Wilson Tennis. For a special treat, players were visited by a local favorite, Cici Bellis! Cici answered some of the high school player’s questions and made a very special announcement to the group. To see a video of that announcement, and other videos and photos from the day, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ustanorcal.
During the entire tournament, USTA NorCal had its robust membership booth on-site, staffed by a team of great volunteers, complete with an autograph session, as well as opportunities to renew or become a new USTA member. Some event attendees even got the chance to test their serve at the Fast Serve Net with proceeds going to local tennis programs throughout Northern California. A big thanks goes out to all of the people who volunteered their time to help with the membership booth. You are greatly appreciated by us here at USTA Northern California!