32nd Bradshaw Open comes to Sun Lakes

Rocky on guard (photo by Al Wagner).

Rocky on guard (photo by Al Wagner).

Rod Hayward

It’s that time of year again – players of every level will be streaming to the Cottonwood Tennis Club for the annual Bradshaw Open, Sun Lakes’ premier tennis event, open to all residents of Sun Lakes and SunBird.

What you need to provide:

One tennis racquet (with strings)

Two tennis shoes (a left and a right)

A partner (one that forgives your unforced errors)

An open schedule from November 8-14

A $5 entry fee

Cottonwood Tennis Club will provide:

Tennis balls

Cheering fans

Stacks of food

An impressive array of trophies

Sponsor booths

Arizona sunshine

So, you have no excuse for not heading down to the Cottonwood Tennis Courts after September 28 to sign up for an action-packed week of tennis (unless, of course, you don’t play tennis, in which case just practice your wave and then join the mob of screaming fans courtside as they cheer on the local tennis elite and not-so-elite). Crowd control will be ensured by Rocky, the club mascot, who will protect players from rowdy fans intent on storming the courts for autographs at the conclusion of each match. (Contrary to rumor, most pets are welcome. Leave your pet snakes at home. Alligators must be kept on a leash.) For more information, visit our web site at cottonwoodtennisclub.com

On a more somber note, we would like to remind everyone that on Saturday, November 19 at 3:00 p.m., a memorial will be held on Court One of the Cottonwood Tennis Club to celebrate the life of Don Neu and his many contributions to the Sun Lakes community. Be sure to mark this event on your calendar.