Recent Events

TGIF #2 - June 15th

by Susan Goodman

What a fun night!

 One-and-a-half dozen tennis folks settled into the welcoming environs of Davie Tennis stadium on Friday evening, June 15, and enjoyed a lovely evening of tennis, friends, food, and all-around good times.

We had three courts, and we rotated on and off the courts for the first couple of hours, but once supper was served (chicken mole, rice, and a simple green salad), some folks decided that they’d had their fill of tennis for the evening, leaving everyone else plenty of room to play to their hearts content with absolutely no wait for the rest of the night.

Just to change things up, the format of play was slightly different than it has been in the recent past. On this night, each round consisted of 8 no-ad games, which gave us a little bit more time to settle into the rhythm of the match, and also eliminated any hassles to remember the intricacies of tie-breaks.

Thanks to everyone who helped with the logistics of the evening, with special kudos to Lyn and Kenny.



TGIF #1 - May 18th         

By Susan Goodman

Seventeen folks enjoyed a slightly-chilly evening of tennis, food, and socializing at Davie Tennis Stadium on Friday evening, May 18, to kick off MTA's ever-popular summertime TGIF series - it was great fun!

We played doubles (mixed and men’s, as the numbers worked out), and kept switching around so we were able to play with and against a variety of fun folks.  We had plenty of courts for all willing players, so we definitely got in our fill of tennis!

For dinner, we enjoyed banh mi sandwiches (chicken, pork, and curry tofu), a berry salad, and brownies for dessert. A few brave souls enjoyed their supper on the benches overlooking the courts, while others moved inside to warm their bones. Some of us rounded out the evening with conversation, while others enjoyed a few more games on the courts - it’s a do-as-you-please Friday evening!

It was great to see everybody, whether this was your first MTA event or whether you’re a regular.  Special call-out to first-time TGIFers Jessica Reyes-hehr and Jim Rogers. It was also good to meet guest Mary Kay Parisee.  Huge thank you’s to everyone who helped clean up and cart out at the end of the evening!

It was a great evening!  The next TGIF event is June 15 - register now on the “Upcoming Events” page.


Mixed Doubles 2018             

By Lyn Murray

On a warm, beautiful Earth Day weekend afternoon, 8 folks came to play in the rescheduled event.

It was very tightly contested, and lots of fun. Hans Boerner and first-timer, Sherry Lippiatt (from Hot Courts) were the winners!

 A special "thank you" to Bob Sakai for filling in at the last minute. Hope to see you all at the summer TGIF's!


                                      Our Winners!!


                                                    Our Group          



ICEBREACKER 2018             

By Robin Lee

Sunday, March 4, 2018

MTA’s annual Icebreaker Tournament was played under sunny, blue skies, which was a relief from the frigid, rainy, wintry weather the East Bay has been experiencing.
8 men and 4 women gathered at Mills College and competed with varying partners in mixed doubles and men’s doubles.

At the end of the afternoon, before going home to watch the Oscars, prizes were awarded to first-place winners Robin Lee and Scott Murray, and second-place winners Mike Turkull and Bruce Williams (who tied for the men) and Jessica Reyes-hehr (new to MTA)


                                 Our Group

                                       Our Winners

                                                 Robin & Scott


New Years 2018                 

By Heidi Lerner

New Year’s Day Event a Smashing Success

The tennis gods were kind, providing us with a perfect brisk, sunny day at Mills College tennis courts.  Fifteen MTA members played with and against each other during this laid-back social tennis event that was free to members paid up through 2018 (how’s that for a sly reminder?) So, yes, we had a number indivisible by 4, thereby giving folks not playing a round the chance to relax, chat with others, and sample the delicious offerings brought by the group.   

The event brought out members of all ages (age 16 through 70 plus), all tennis levels, new and old members, and families. Can’t you tell from the picture that everyone had a good time?

Pictured Below:

Bottom row:  Bob Sakai, Susan Jaffe, Joanna Fisch, John Gassenheimer, Lyn Murray, Robin Lee, Mary Blume

Top row:  Warren Garrison, Richard Stark, Mike Turkill, Jill Fisch, Andrew Ivary, Rebecca Woolis, Charan Brahma, Priti Brahma



By Stephen Graham

It was a picture-perfect Fall day, and I had just setup for the November 5 Annual MTA Turkey Day event.  On IR with a bum knee and unable to play, I felt an ominous foreboding.  Leaving sun-drenched Mills College, I screeched to a full stop, I kid you not, to avoid an errant turkey.  I tried to direct the tom back to the courts, and even asked, “Why are you crossing the road, Turkey?”  As he fluttered away, I heard him exclaim, “I am, and I expect, a fowl proceeding.”  And sure enough, our president had again this year signed on as a hen, and a late comer was shocked to find the action had begun without him.

13 entrants battled through five grueling rounds to determine four finalists.  Andrew Ivary wowed every opponent, achieving an astonishing 95% average court coverage, on the way to earning #1 Tom.  In a super tie breaker final, highlighted by so many spectacular points that the assembled crowd spontaneously performed The Wave (later rated a perfect 10)

 #1 Hen Mary Blume and #2 Tom Roger Lambert defeated #2 Hen Robin Lee and #1 Tom, an exhausted Andrew Ivary in search of his water bottle.  Final score, 10-8.  Robin was later heard to say, “Where was Andrew when I needed him?”

But alas, there was plenty of food and drink for all to enjoy at the end of a memorable day of tennis.  Don’t miss this one next year!


 BTC/MTA Interclub                                         

By Robin Lee

On Saturday, October 7, MTAers flocked to the beautiful Berkeley Tennis Club for what has become an annual happening . . . an interclub organized by their social director Barbara Marienthal, and Thelma Lancaster and Terri Coleman who hold dual club memberships.

After 2 hours of a mixed bag of mixed and gender face offs, everyone gathered in the clubhouse for a great catered meal, which included dessert, wine and other refreshment provided by our hosts. BTCers outdid themselves with their generous hospitality. For only $20/person, MTAers were treated to courts, balls, a tournament director, food and drink!

Who won the tennis club face off? The specific scores weren't shared . . . but it's safe to say, BTC won . . . hands down. Oh, well. MTA did win last year, and hopefully will have a better showing in 2018. In any case, a good time was had by all.

Special thanks to Thelma Lancaster for accommodating the many extra players who showed up, and Barbara Marienthal for personally providing extra side dishes, and being a gracious host.


Shasta Away Event                 

By Robin Lee

Wonderful Weekend at Mt. Shasta Resort

On Friday, September 29, 21 MTAers trekked to beautiful Mt. Shasta Resort for a weekend away of tennis, pickleball, hiking and general fun. There were 16 tennis participants plus 5 others to share the gorgeous view of Mt. Shasta, great weather and camaraderie.

Friday nite was the group potluck at the the Haiman/Lee/Blume rental unit. Saturday was mixed doubles, pickleball and a group dinner at the resort restaurant. Sunday was gender doubles. Many returned to the Bay Area that afternoon, but some stayed for hiking and a leisurely dinner at Mike & Tony's Restaurant, the oldest food establishment in the town of Mt. Shasta, returning home the next day.

Winners of the Saturday mixed-up mixed doubles were Roger Lambert and Ling Liu, runners up were Donna and Eric Haiman. Winners of the Sunday gender doubles were Robin Lee and Hans Boeurner, runners up Mary Blume and John Lee/Eric Haiman/Roger Lambert (a triple tie).

Because such a good time was had by all, MTA will likely return to Mt. Shasta in future. Next time, you won't want to miss out. 

Many thanks to the many co-organizers . . . Robin Lee, Mary Blume, Eric and Donna Haiman and Warren Garrison. And, it was WONDERFUL to have 86-year-old Walt Thomas join in the gathering. He's remained an inspiration to many of us tennis hackers.

                                 Our Happy Group!


                                          Welcome Elenor!


                                             John & Eric


                                    Walt & Amateur Partner    


September TGIF (September 22, 2017)

By Susan Goodman

The first part of the day was Summer.  The second part of the day was Autumn.  What a perfect way to say good-bye to Summer and hello to Autumn than the last MTA TGIF tennis social of the year!

 It was a gorgeous evening (not cold; not hot) for tennis, food, and friendship.  And we did all three with style!

 Fourteen members and one first-time guest (a colleague of mine from Clif Bar) played casual mixed doubles (and later, gender doubles) at beautiful Davie Tennis Stadium. We broke for supper (pizza, green salad, and grapes), then some of us hit the courts again, squeezing as much tennis into our Friday evening as we could.  It was great fun!

 Thanks to Warren Garrison and Cathy Stonefelt for their edible contributions (what a sweet gesture), and to everyone who helped set up and clean up – it takes us all!

 While this was the last TGIF of the year, there are still lots of other fun MTA still upcoming – check them out on the Upcoming Events page.

 Thanks – and see you on the courts!


August TGIF (August 18, 2017)

By Susan Goodman

There were 18 of us at our most recent Friday evening tennis social at Davie Tennis Stadium.  We celebrated the end of the workweek with tennis (although limited; see below), socializing, and supper (Chicken Caesar Salads, fresh pineapple, carrot cupcakes, and more).  It was great fun to see everyone!

 Unfortunately, the lights went out (actually, due to a last-minute generator problem, they never came on – big bummer!). We quickly moved our feast outdoors (it had been planned for the clubhouse) and called it a picnic. Sadly, we were only able to play tennis for a bit before having to call it an early evening. The good news is that both generators are now back up and running, and they hope to have a permanent (non-generator) solution in place by early November.

 Thanks to Mary Blume for the yummy dessert, and to everyone who helped set up, clean up, and schlep stuff – it takes us all!

There’s still one more TGIF this Summer – September 22 – see the Upcoming Events page to register.

Thanks – and see you on the courts!



By Marty Gutherz

The 2017 mixer with the Watergate Condominiums Association was held on August 12th on a perfect summer day. Only 5 MTAers registered for this event, thereby undermining my best efforts to hype it, but 13 Watergaters and their fellow travelers compensated for our low turnout, so we had a total of 18 players; with 4 courts available, only 2 players had a bye in each round.

Ron Louie, the Watergate pro, once again, admirably orchestrated the dou-bles matches for each round of play, so that they were invariably competitive but extremely friendly. 

The savories provided including some scrumptious pizza that Ron scored, the other menu items were delicious and the liquid potions were exhilarating, and even the most discriminating food and beverage fetishists amongst the participants were seemingly wholly satisfied with the food and beverage offerings.

The only complaints that were registered were by a few male mixed doubles zealots who grumbled about the gender imbalance of the event-there were only a total of about 5-6 women players who seemed nonplussed by the intense male en-ergy permeating the courts. I happened to be one of the lucky guys who wound up playing all mixed doubles rounds. To those aforementioned male mixed doubles zealots who suffered through playing all or most of their rounds with the guys, all I can say is, c’est la vie.


Lee Family Sweeps                           

 Generations Tournament

By Robin Lee

On Saturday, July 22, a mighty group gathered for this year’s Bridging the Generations Tournament. As is required for the tournament, each player was paired with a partner at least twenty years older or younger.

Despite the best efforts of other players in the event, they were no match for members of the Lee family. Robin Lee and her son David took a victorious first in the tournament, while John Lee with son-in-law Michael Van Lokeren took a close second.  All enjoyed the great tennis, fabulous weather, and abundance of donuts. 


President's Tournament          

by Richard Stark

Sunday June 25 was cool but nice warm, a perfect day for ten contestants to play the  President’s tournament held at Mills College. 

Thanks to Robin Lee for the five round eight no-add games and a nine point tiebreaker (45 games) format.  Competition was keen and the snacks and socializing after was good.  All had a good time. 

The winners were Thelma Lancaster and John Lee and second Robin Lee and Steve Graham.  Thanks to all for making the event successful.