will be able to once again join us for lots of tennis and desert fun. . I know many of you are missing the BNP Paribas Open normally held this time of year at the beautiful Indian Wells Tennis Garden. This is the second year in a row it has been cancelled due to Covid - 19. There is still a possibility it will be rescheduled for later this year but most likely it won ’ t be back until 2022. BNP PARIBAS OPEN BACKGROUNDER
We had an end of season mixer on 3/17 with approximately 40 participants. Everyone was in their most festive St. Paddy ’ s attire & fun was had by all! Pizza and drinks were enjoyed afterwards in the new tennis pavilion. St. Paddy ’ s Day Mixer
(Robert Laberge / Getty Images) Before the 2020 BNP Paribas tournament was canceled, the tennis tournament had been held in the desert every year since 1976. The tournament is one of the most popular stops for the men and women on tour and is considered an unofficial fifth “ major ” tournament. The BNP Paribas Open set an attendance record in 2019 with 475,372 attendees over the two - week period. The loss of the tournament is a big hit to the whole Coachella Valley as it brings in approximately $400 million to the region each year. The BNP Paribas Open is the largest two - week combined event outside of the four Grand Slams and the most - attended WTA 1000 and ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tennis tournament in the world Since the opening of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in 2000, more than 6.7 million fans have experienced why the event is known around the world as Tennis Paradise! The tournament has gone through many names and CV locations through the years. Below are some of the highlights of its history. 1976 - The American Airlines Tennis Games found a new home in the Coachella Valley at Mission Hills Country Club in Palm Springs, CA. That year ’ s tournament featured 12 future Tennis Hall of Famers including Arthur Ashe, Rod Laver, Bjorn Borg, Cliff Drysdale, Jimmy Connors and Roscoe Tanner. 1980 - While the four semi - finalists were Jimmy Connors, Brian Teacher, Peter Fleming and Gene Mayer, no final was held due to rain. 1981 - Thanks to passion and persuasion from tennis great Charles Pasarell, the tournament remained in the Coachella Valley despite ATP plans to move it to Florida. The tournament, now known as the Grand
Top Gun ended the first week of March with Steve Simpson and Michael Beal tying for first place on the men ’ s side. Susan Cowan took first place on the women ’ s side.
The Top Three Men ’ s & Women's Top gunners are … 1. Steve Simpson / Mike Beal - Tie for first place.
3. Greg Farmer 1. Susan Cowan 2. Kathy Brown 3. Julie Farmer
First photo is Steve Simpson on the left and Mike Beal on the right. Second photo is of Susan Cowan. As this challenging tennis season at ORPS comes to an end, we hope that next season brings some form of normalcy. We hope that all our friends and neighbors
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