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President's Parley by Michael Fortune, TTC Board of Directors President

The board has been temporizing for months around plans to have our annual barbecue and it has become clear, given the current spike in the Delta variant of Covid, this no longer is a viable and safe event to sponsor. 

The BBQ is typically held in July and when this wasn’t possible, we had tentatively planned on a September date. But here we are and currently in Oregon there is both an indoor mask mandate as well as an outdoor mask mandate for public gatherings regardless of vaccination status. (Cliff Feldman was considering renaming his band the Masked Marauders in order to provide the music!). Fortunately, the current indoor mask mandate includes an exception for competitive sports, including tennis, though vaccination for those eligible and mask wearing for unvaccinated individuals are still strongly encouraged.

Coming up, you all have the unique opportunity to “serve” at the club in a different and important way. We are now accepting nominations for three board of directors positions for 2022. Serving on the board gives one an opportunity to support and understand the real workings of our member owned club. The board is made up of nine members, three per class, each serving a three-year term. Board meetings take place once per month and deal with all aspects of the day-to-day operations of TTC as well as short and long-term planning. Many of the issues and projects the board has taken on this year were outlined in my July newsletter article. If this is something that interests you, you can contact any of the current or past board members as well as Hunter. I realize that many would like to show up for their court times and leave when they are done, yet the club also relies on our members to step up and participate in this way. The board is vital to our day-to-day playing experience.

I’m sure many of you share my excitement over the start of the U.S. Open this Monday. Just look at some of the first round matches to be played. On the women’s side, Americans Shelby Rogers vs Madison Brengle, Karolína Muchova vs Sara Sorribes Tormo (powerful ground strokes vs a more deliberate style of play), Su-Wei Hsieh (always fun to watch) vs Claire Liu, Emma Raducanu (18-year-old that made a big splash at Wimbledon this year) vs Jennifer Brady (one of the best smiles in tennis), Camila Giorgi (fresh off a Canadian Open win) vs Simona Halep, Madeline Keyes vs Sloane Stephens (both unseeded!), and Magda Linette (semi finalist in last weeks Cleveland Championships) vs Coco Gauff.

And on the men’s side, Roberto Bautista Agut vs Nick Kyrgios, Cam Norrie vs Carlos Alcaraz (an exciting up and coming 18-year-old from Spain), Andy Murray (post 2 hip surgeries) vs Stefanos Tsitsipas, Mackenzie McDonald (former NCAA singles and doubles champion at UCLA) vs David Goffin, Taylor Fritz (played at Wimbledon 3 weeks after arthroscopic knee surgery) vs Alex de Minaur (nicknamed Speed Demon for his agility and quickness), Sebastian Korda (one of my favorite young players) vs Nikoloz Basilashvili, to name just a few. 

After Wimbledon, I predicted that Novak Djokovic would not win the U.S. Open and even though it’s going against the odds, I’m sticking with it. I hope he doesn’t plan on throwing his racket 20 rows up into the stands like he did at the Olympics; Arthur Ashe stadium will likely be full with fans.