Raintree Hosts RTA Charity Event

Late September has set the stage for the Richmond Tennis Association’s annual “Club Challenge” tennis tournament for 28 years.  The Richmond Club Challenge was described in Tennis Week magazine years ago by editor Richard Evans as the best and the biggest community tennis competition. The fund raiser tournament brings together twelve teams of 44 players for fun and three days of men’s, women’s and mixed doubles competition in a level play, round robin format. 

Planning was well underway until late May when the 2020 edition of the tournament became an early victim of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Brian and Janet Fleischman with Eddie and Stacey Parker at Raintree Swim and Racquet Club put together a club doubles event to help support the RTA.  Men’s and women’s NTRP rated teams at the 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 levels battled for championship recognition.  More than $1,000 was raised and will be donated to the RTA. 

Dave Camden, a local ceramic artist and tennis player, donated a hand made Raku style bowl for a benefit raffle at Raintree.  David was recently recognized with the 2019 Master Teacher Award presented by the Visual Arts Center of Richmond.  The bowl was won by Liz Pully, and envied by many.  Thank you, Dave, for your support.

Winners at the various NTRP levels were:

4.5 Men–Zach Fleishman and Damian Sancilio

4.5 Women—Tarja Kostin and Margie Ray

4.0 Men—Ed Yesbeck and Hamid Mahmood

3.5 Men—Ram Raghavan and Gary Wills

3.5 Women—Malika Chary and Crystal May

Richmond Tennis Association is pleased to acknowledge and thank Raintree, the Fleishmans, the Parkers and Dave Camden for their generous, thoughtful support. 

We all look forward to the return of the Thalhimer Club Challenge in 2021.