The Mountain View Tennis Club is set to spring into its 2014 season with its first tournament of the year. The one-day tournament on Saturday, Mar. 29, will be open to both current club members and the public in hopes of encouraging new memberships.
Founded in 1966, the club is a non-profit organization promoting tennis in the Mountain View community. Run entirely by a volunteer board, the MVTC is a club for men and women of all skills levels to compete in matches and tournaments, and meet new people interested in the sport, according to Tony Serksnis, MVTC publicity chair. Club membership is also open to non-Mountain View residents.
Throughout the year, the club hosts monthly tournaments for singles, doubles, or team tennis, and besides intra-club play, it holds a number of inter-club tournaments, facing off against other competitive clubs in the area.
"The monthly tournaments are so much fun, with good food, 50 to 100 entrants, and very good matches to play in and watch," said current club president Madan Venugopal via email.
The club experienced a short-lived threat of disbanding early last month, when a turnover in the volunteer leadership board left the club without a president. However, with Venugopal now at the helm as active president, the club has bounced back.
"The MVTC is based on volunteers," Serksnis said. "It's the people who volunteer their time that makes our club what it is today. We believe this is why the MVTC is one of the best public tennis clubs in the Bay Area."
Currently, the club has 111 members, with 54 women and 57 men, Venugopal said, adding that he and other board members are eager to add more members to the count.
"We hope to grow significantly this year," said Venugopal.
Serksnis also explained that Mountain View residents this year are encouraged in particular to join the MVTC.
"We'd love to add new Mountain View residents to our membership, as we must have a 50 percent (minimum) of our membership be residents of Mountain View," said Serksnis.
The club is now offering a promotion through the end of March, in which Mountain View residents can become club members this year for just $10, one-third the usual price.
Off the courts, the club also holds a wide-variety of social events for its members. In past years, the club has thrown member parties and barbecues, and taken day trips.
Biannual "general meetings" feature a formal dinner with guest speakers and prizes. And, a particular point of pride, the club sponsors a highly competitive United States Tennis Association (USTA) team, which competes throughout Northern California, said Venugopal.
The upcoming Mar. 29 tournament will be played in doubles format men's, women's and mixed doubles. Players will hit the courts from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and winners will receive prizes.
Registration for the tournament is open until Mar. 25 at midnight. Fees are $10 for members and $12 for non-members, with a continental breakfast and lunch included.
Information about the club and sign-ups for the upcoming tournament are at www.mvtc.net.