Aug 7, 2018
Imagine being outside on a summer day surrounded by people who
all share a love of the same thing. The only sounds are of feet
skidding on green "clay", the contact of ball and string, and the
occasional outburst of applause. You are hot and sweaty, but it
doesn't matter because you are in your Happy Place doing what you
Ten years ago, a long-standing tennis tradition in my hometown
of Shreveport, Louisiana, disappeared. Yes, this week's episode is
A few weeks ago, my brother, Jeffrey Goodman, came up with the
idea of reviving the Shreveport City Tournament, one that had taken
place on the public courts at Querbes Tennis Center dating back to 1933. In
its prime, The City had every junior division in both singles and
doubles, every adult division in both singles and doubles, a Men's
Open, a Women's Open, plus mother-daughter and father-son doubles.
Querbes was THE place to be if you had any interest whatsoever in
the sport of tennis. You were guaranteed to see the area's best
junior and adult players go at it for the ultimate title, City
This week Jeffrey talks about the challenges of bringing the
tournament back, why it is so important to preserve these types of
events, and how others can take similar action in their local
communities. Here is a bit more information:
The City Championships
The kickoff weekend to bring back one of the
premiere sporting events in our area, The City Tennis Tournament,
is coming. Dating back to at least 1933, it was the premiere annual
gathering for all of the tennis players in our area. Dormant now
for almost ten years, a group has banded together to bring back
this truly special and key multi-generational event.
The kickoff weekend tournament will
take place from 8/17-8/19 at Bossier Tennis Center. In honor of the
marquee event of the old "City", we are having a Men's Open Singles
division. The other division will be Men's Open Doubles. Prize
money will be given to the top three people in each event.
Like the original City, the event
will be a showcase for the best junior tennis players and the best
adult tennis players in our area. Next month's tournament will
feature the best high level tennis we've had for our local players
As part of this initiative, we also
want to bring more attention to the current efforts underway to
revitalize Querbes Tennis Center, the headquarters for many years
for The City. At a time when Shreveport has two players (Ryan and
Christian Harrison) in the top 250 of all players in the world, we
are committed to preserving the extremely rich tennis history of
We are naming the event "The City
Championships" with the idea that once Querbes completes its
revitalization, we intend on holding the event twice a year, once
at Bossier Tennis Center and once at Querbes.
Although we are only starting with
two events, the ultimate goal is to get back to the original City
format of all age divisions, boys, girls, men and women, singles,
doubles and adult mixed. We would also love to honor the event by
bringing back the Father/Son and Mother/Daughter events.
Also, we have decided to expand the
event to allow any players north of Alexandria to participate. We
would like the event to promote tennis for all of North
To register for The City Championships, click here.
To visit the Facebook Page, click here.
To contact Jeffrey directly, email him at email@example.com.
To read more about Jeffrey's film career, click here.
A big thank you to STØNE for our music! You can find more
of his music at SoundCloud.com/stonemuzic
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