This year eighteen men and women players, along with spouses, boyfriends, girlfriends, golfers, and beachcombers made the trek to the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club weekend. Players arrived on Friday afternoon and engaged in some unorganized, free tennis, or took walks on the beach in the balmy sunshine. That night, folks ventured out to various restaurants either in downtown La Jolla, or within walking distance of the tennis club. I recommend the Sushi during the 20% off happy hour!
After sleeping in on Saturday, everyone hit the courts at 1pm for our men’s and women’s interclub with La Jolla. The La Jolla players brought their A-games. We played two out of three sets with third sets decided by a 10-point super-tiebreaker. Many of the matches went the distance and everyone enjoyed wonderful tennis, although the temperature had dropped into the 60’s and the wind picked up considerably from Friday. In the end, the doubles went to La Jolla 11 sets to 5 sets.
On Saturday night, before dinner, the Mcc faithful gathered on the beach with, you guessed it, snacks, beer, and wine, and talked about how great the atmosphere in La Jolla is as well as the good times we’d had on court throughout the first half of 2013. We then enjoyed a delicious dinner at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Restaurant, sitting on their patio by the pool with heaters keeping the whole gang cozy. There was plenty of wine, beer, and good conversation that aided in digestion of gnocchi, chicken, a large steak, or bass.
On Sunday morning at 10am, the Marina City Club again took to the courts, this time for a mixed doubles face-off and one women’s doubles match. The wind was less of a factor this time, but the outstanding effort of our players produced a couple wins! However, in the end, La Jolla’s skills proved too much on this day. Larry and Barb ran into some very tough customers, as did Nancy and I. Linda and Maureen pulled out a tough match in straight sets, and the team of Mindy and Hank lost a heartbreaking 12-10 in the third set after over two hours. Wendy and Larry fought hard, as did Lorri and Tony. All in all, we had good matches and met very nice people and players from our sister club to the south. I hope that everyone keeps this great trip in mind for next May and don’t forget to sign up for our Desert Trip that takes place November 1-3. We will not be staying at a particular location out there as so many members have their own homes and condos, but we will set up two interclubs and a dinner. See you on the courts!