M I D W E S T Clay Court Tournament

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  1. tennismike33

    tennismike33 Semi-Pro

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    Below is the email that I received from the tournament director at IRC. Does anyone have any addiditonal information as to where this tournament maybe held?


    Thank you for your communication.
    Our club's owners are negotiating to sell the clay court property and although a final determination has not been reached, we have notified ******* that we are giving up the ******* Clay Court tournament this year so they can offer it to another site.
    We have hosted this tournament for 20 years and it is sad to see it come to an end at IRC.
    Sincerely,
    Gail Wiseman
     
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  2. Dunlopkid

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    Hmmm...that's interesting. I play at IRC quite a bit. Don't know the answer to your question, but does this mean that they're getting rid of the clay courts?
     
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  3. jamauss

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    Is this the clay court facility that's in Texas? The old Houston Masters or whatever?
     
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  4. max

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    Go to Peoria. good clay court tournament each year.
     
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  5. Indy Tennis

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    I'm surprised this didn't happened earlier. The real estate in that part of Indianapolis has gone through the roof. The ground those IRC clay courts are built on in literally worth millions to commercial developers.

    When that club was built it was sort of a way out rural part of town. No more.

    That would be sad to see those courts go. It was the site of the U.S. Clay Court Pro Tournament for years. The club also hosted a WTA for a time in the late ‘80s to early ‘90s, although that was on the hard courts indoors.

    Nearby Carmel Racquet Club could host the tournament. They have six clay courts.
     
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  6. Dunlopkid

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    No...It's the Indianapolis Racquet Club, one of the biggest (or the biggest) in the M i d w e s t.
     
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  7. tennismike33

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    I am going to have to go back to the drawing board. I wanted to come out there and play a clay court tournament, it would be a good experience.
     
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  8. Ronaldo

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    We have 10 claycourts, may put in a bid.
     
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  9. tennismike33

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    So I can save a few bucks on hotel rooms, can I put in a bid to stay at your house? LOL!!!!
     
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  10. Ronaldo

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    Better yet, have rooms above the clubhouse.
     
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  11. Jack the Hack

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    tennismike,

    Since you are from the PNW...

    If you are just looking for a clay court tournament, there is one in Medford (Oregon) at the end of June with senior divisions:

    http://tournaments.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=54605

    Here's the website for the club that the tourney is played at, which shows the two clay courts they use:

    http://www.rvstc.com/tour/tourframeset.html

    There used to be two red clay courts at Willow Creek in Eugene and they used have a tournament on them every summer... but I haven't seen that one for quite awhile (new ownership at that club, and I heard they might have gotten rid of the clay). Eastmoreland in Portland has two green clay courts, but the ownership there is atrocious and they don't host any clay tournaments that I know of.

    I assume you must have a connection in the Indy area, but of course there are plenty of clay court tournaments in the Southern region as well.
     
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  12. tennismike33

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    I played in the Medford Tournament last year and enjoyed myself. My plan is to play 2 National Events this year, and the Nike Tournament in Portland covers one, I have no contacts in Indy, jsut want to go to a place, totally focus on tennis for a week and have a good time. So the next plan will be to go to Westlake Village and play in the National Hardcourt in June, which would mean that I would have to miss the Medford Tournament.
     
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  13. Jack the Hack

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    tennismike,

    I'm not a travel agent or tournament director, but I feel compelled to point out that the Medford tournament is June 22-24 and the Men's 45 Hardcourt Nationals runs from June 29-July 4th. Therefore, you could conceivably make a road trip out of these two tournaments.

    For instance, you could drive down to play the Medford tournament, stay a day or two in southern Oregon (I think the Shakespeare Festival is in full production in Ashland during that time), then make your way down to SoCal via the scenic route for the Nationals by Friday.

    (This is my first year eligible for the "senior" divisions, and it seems like the world has opened up. There are interesting tournaments on all surfaces everywhere. I'm already planning to play a couple of the Nationals myself, as well as tourneys on clay and grass. This is going to be lots of fun!)
     
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  14. tennismike33

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    Maybe you play a travel consultant on TV!

    I have thought of this as well, but my wife put that squash on that, can only go to one. MIGJAM hopefully will go to the tournament in So CA.
     
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  15. Jack the Hack

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    Well, I have stayed at a Holiday Inn Express before... :)

    I completely understand the family/wife obligations. Last summer, my wife (who is usually very calm and understanding) pitched a huge hurricane force fit last summer when I played tournaments on 4 weekends in a row. The agreement that we've come to now is that I can play two in a month, but not back-to-back unless she agrees to it (which seems more than fair).

    By the way, have you ever played any tournaments at the South Cowichan Lawn Tennis Club? It looks like they host two senior tournaments every year on grass up in British Columbia. We usually go to BC every other year, so I'm thinking of playing one of these events. I've never played on real grass before... so it seems like it might be fun.
     
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  16. tennismike33

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    I have never played becasue taking a whole week to play in a tournament where the points do not carry over seemed a waste of time for me. My friend played there last year and they had a great time. He said the tournament itself is well run and the courts were nice.
     
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  17. tennismike33

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    Any quiet talk about this tournament? Are there enough clay courts in Indy to support it?

    BTW, great job Colts!
     
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  18. servelefty2233

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    I believe that IRC has about 7 or 8 clay courts, the Indianapolis Tennis Center (where the RCA championships are held) has 2 and Carmel Racquet Club has 4 or 5 clay courts...so i believe that would be enough. BTW, IRC holds a junior clay tournament in July, with for age divisions and 32 player draws, and all my matches were right on time.
     
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  19. Ronaldo

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    Seems like there should be more har-tru in Indy. We have over 45 Claycourts between 4 clubs.
     
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  20. Indy Tennis

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    A couple of country clubs have clay courts, but other than that it's slim pickings if you're looking to play on dirt here in Indy.
     
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  21. Ronaldo

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    Every club here has clay, from 3 to 12 courts, even the golf country clubs have at least 4-6 courts, forgot about them. Makes about 56 clay courts locally.
     
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