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Past, Present, Future: Can Tennis Change the World?

A special event, conducted by the Berkeley Tennis Club Foundation, to benefit Friends of Berkeley High Tennis, seeks to address that question on Sunday, October 8.  


It begins with a screening at the Rialto Cinemas Elmwood (College and Ashby) of the new feature film, “Battle of the Sexes,” an engaging tale focused on the infamous 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, starring Oscar-winning actress Emma Stone as King and renowned comedian Steve Carell as Riggs.  


“Battle of the Sexes,” which opens throughout the Bay Area on September 22, addresses a spectrum of issues that remain relevant – gender rights, sexuality, sports and more. 


An interesting local angle: King at the time of this match was living in the East Bay, and frequently played at the Berkeley Tennis Club, quite often with her doubles partner and equally committed activist, San Francisco native Rosie Casals.  


Following the screening, attendees are invited to the Berkeley Tennis Club (BTC) for hors d’oeuvres and a panel discussion about the film, its meaning today and ways people of all ages can address these many issues.  Those who have already seen the film can see it again or just come to the BTC.  The panel will be moderated by Joel Drucker, a longstanding BTC member who is one of the world’s leading tennis historians, including more than a decade of work for Tennis Channel, the position of historian-at-large for the International Tennis Hall of Fame and the author of two books, “Jimmy Connors Saved My Life” and “Don’t Bet on It.”


Joel will be joined by two prominent experts on topics related to sports and gender:


Rita Liberti, a sports historian and professor at Cal State East Bay.  Her many articles include “Rebel with a Racket,” a story on Rosie Casals, which is featured in an anthology Professor Liberti co-edited, “San Francisco Bay Area Sports: Golden Gate Athletics, Recreation and Community.”  


Shaun Chaudhuri, a gender rights activist, serving as treasurer on the Board of Directors for the U.S. National Committee for UN Women, San Francisco Bay Area (SFBA). A graduate of Harvard, Shaun studied gender studies and economics and also interned for the Womens Tennis Association.     


Sunday, October 8: Activities

+ 10:00a.m. – 12:30 p.m. -- screening of “Battle of the Sexes”

Rialto Cinemas Elmwood 

2966 College Avenue (corner of College & Ashby in Berkeley)

+ 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. hors d’oeuvres & panel discussion

Berkeley Tennis Club

1 Tunnel Road (five minute drive east of movie theatre on Ashby)


Sunday: free, unrestricted parking on all streets


+ Cost: $40/ adults (18+), $20/youth (17 and under) 

you are welcome to attend only the movie or panel discussion



Local Tennis Coaches: A Handy Reference

Interested in improving your game?  These local tennis coaches have indicated th
at they are available to offer either private and/or group lessons to adults and/or kids. Teaching locations vary, although membership to a tennis club is not a prerequisite (even though, in some cases, lessons may be held there). Give them a call!
These coaches all come recommended by MTA members. If you know of another coach who you think should be added to this list, please get their permission to post their contact info, and then forward it to Thanks in advance!
Peter Benko, USPTA
John Fogli

Bob Manalo
510-495-5593 (cell)
Bill Patton
(510) 909-3662 (cell)
Marc Weinstein
510-444-5663 (Davie tennis stadium)
415-271-8009 (cell) 
Note: This information is provided for reference only, and no endorsement is implied..

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