High–level tennis will be returning once again for the annual Jason Morton Tennis Classic, March 2 through 5 (Thursday through Sunday.) Named after the longtime legend in American senior tennis, Jason Morton, who represented the U.S. in eight different international cup competitions and won over 100 gold and silver balls in national tournaments. As we recall the famous match of all (Battle of the Sexes) in which Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs (no relation to Riggs Road), Jason Morton was elected to be the chair umpire for the match. Morton was the founder and designer of the Oakwood (now IronOaks) tennis facility, and the stadium courts were dedicated to Jason in April of 2011, shortly before his passing.
This year, outstanding local players will be competing in Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles in age-grouped flights, and this is a free viewing to spectators to watch veteran national seniors champions, as well as future young, rising stars. Tournament Director Matt Gleason (USTA) and IronOaks tennis pro Kwong Young hope to attract top-level players from all over the Southwest and out-of-state USTA players for this prize money sanctioned tournament.
Please come out to view and add your support and appreciation by clapping and being seen by the players. So, grab or bring your own chairs and catch the best show in town to watch some great talents in tennis on March 2-5. By showing up, we are all honoring this great legend/man, Jason Morton.