After a year off due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 25th annual Winter Old-Lympics is back on the calendar for Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 19 and 20.
The event is a doubles tournament for tennis partners whose ages add up to 100 or more. Players who are rated by the United States Tennis Association must be rated 3.5 or less.
Registration and fees must be turned in by noon Thursday, Feb. 17.
Entry forms are available at the South Jetty newspaper office, 1726 State Highway 361, Suite 1A.
Verbal intent to play or a text to the tournament director does not constitute registration.
The tournament is limited to the first eight teams to sign up in each division.
Out- of- town players may email tournament director Leslie Hoekstra at firstname.lastname@example.org with Old-Lympics in the subject line to register, then pay entry fees on site.
Players looking for partners may request a pairing by contacting Hoekstra or making a note on the registration form when signing up.
Entry fees are $20 per person per event. All entry fees benefit the Port Aransas ISD tennis program. Checks should be made out to PAISD with “Tennis program” in the memo line.
All matches will be played at the Port Aransas High School tennis courts on Station Street.
Mixed doubles will be played that Saturday, and men’s and women’s doubles will be played that Sunday. Matches that cannot be completed due to inclement weather will be played during the week following the tournament dates.
An awards dinner will be held that Sunday, starting at 6 p.m. at the home of one of Port Aransas players’ homes, depending on the COVID situation.
Players should report to the courts at 8:30 a.m.; matches will begin at 9 a.m. on both days. Balls will be provided, as will water and bananas. Matches will consist of two sets, with a third set, 10-point tie-break played for the match if sets are split. Breaks for lunch will be established by players. First, second and consolation prizes will be awarded in each category.
At the Sunday awards dinner, the Port Aransas Tennis Association, which sponsors the tournament, will provide barbecued brisket and chicken, and beans, and players are asked to bring side dishes. People who do not participate in the tournament are welcome to attend the dinner for $5 per person, and also are asked to bring a side dish.
For more information, contact Hoekstra.
The Winter Old-Lympics Tennis Tournament is held in honor of its originator, the late Bill Morgan, who was instrumental in founding the Port Aransas Tennis Association and the Winter Old-Lympics. Jim Anderson, with Morgan, founded the tournament in 1994 as a means of fostering camaraderie between permanent residents and Winter Texans.