No Paul McCartney quote this month, but I will say that the new COVID guidance from the state of Oregon is "guaranteed to raise a smile." As of June 30, masks will not longer be required by anyone wanting to play at TTC. We continue to strongly encourage non-vaccinated players to wear a face covering until they get the vaccine, but TTC staff will no longer be enforcing this. This will apply to all member play, programming, and instruction. In addition, the lobby is open again and it's been nice to see people again (remember, you can just come on in--no need to knock)!
Summer events are back in full swing--the adult and junior lesson programs, both at TTC and through Parks and Rec, have filled very quickly this summer. There are still a few spots left in some classes, so give a call if you want to still try to get your child enrolled. We've already run one UTR and one USTA tournament this summer, as well as hosted a USTA One-Weekend league. It is good to get those programs running again for players, and it's good for the club to re-create those revenue streams that we lost over the past 18 months. We're looking forward to more tournaments this summer, with our Orange Ball Classic, Pacific Western USTA Level 6, and Willamette Valley Open scheduled for this month and next. USTA should have a year-long league calendar out soon, too.
The TTC Annual Cookout has been postponed, but as of this writing we are looking at rescheduling it to Saturday, September 25. We typically do a late afternoon affair, so it should give Beaver fans time to watch the away game against USC and still be able to make the whole thing. We'll have more details on this in August, but mark your calendar now.
Only a couple of other loose ends: the first is to notice our public courts! As you can see, work is underway to fully rebuild the two public courts at Cloverland Park--this has been needed for some time, as they were built on a weak subsurface and had fallen into disrepair. There are also two new (lighted) courts being built at Riverbend Park in southtown. Even the two courts at Linus Pauling have gotten a much-needed pressure wash. Along with the "new" courts at CHS, Corvallis has a better inventory of public courts than it has seen in a long time.
"Why do we care about this?" you might ask? "We have the best courts in town right here at the club". While this is undoubtedly true, the availability of good public courts is essential for the continued development of tennis players in the Corvallis community. These folks are our prospective members, and YOUR prospective future hitting partners! The pandemic has spurred major growth in tennis participation nationwide, and Corvallis (and TTC) is poised to receive and keep these new players as the pandemic slows down. Do you know some of these players? Remember, if you sponsor and refer a new member of TTC, you get a reward: currently, a $50 gift card to First Alternative Natural Grocery.
Normally, a choice for that referral gift would be a case of balls. We are currently suspending the distribution of ball cases from the pro shop. WE ARE STILL SELLING CANS, THOUGH, IN WHATEVER QUANTITIES YOU WANT. Just not in discounted cases. Ball supply is still unsteady due to shipping delays, supply chain problems, and production slowdowns. Recovery from this is not projected to happen until late this year or early next year (at this time). We have a pretty good stock of balls, and we should be in line for replentishment orders since we pre-ordered early this year. So there isn't a drought of balls yet, but we are being cautious so we don't get caught short.
Anyway, we'll see you on the courts soon!