clip_image004Thanks for Coming to the Team Tennis Pro-Am!

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Thanks for joining us for the 3rd Annual Rosie Casals & Jackie Cooper Team Tennis Pro-Am at Indian Ridge C.C.

The Love & Love Tennis Foundation raised a little over $27,000 through Pro-Am participants, donations, the Silent Auction and Raffle tickets sold during the April 23 event. Proceeds benefit Junior Tennis in the Coachella Valley.

The morning kicked off with a Continental Breakfast and Welcome by Rosie Casals & Tennis Director at Indian Ridge Randy Berg. The team format was an all doubles format with a Pro, Junior and two Amateurs on each team and 10 teams participated. The winning team was local Pro Leif Erikson’s Team Acelerated of Woodhaven C.C. who defeated Team Golden Gaters 128 to 127. After the Pro-Am and Awards the players were treated to a great BBQ Lunch catered by Indian Ridge CC. While enjoying lunch there was a special presentation of the “Jackie Cooper Award” to Dee Dee Felich, long time friend of Jackie’s and tennis administrator for the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. DeeDee recently retired from her duties at the tournament to spend more time with her family and doing the things she enjoys, hiking and playing tennis. Tennis Hall of Famer Charlie Pasarell was the first recipient of this award last year established for those who show “Commitment & Passion for the game”.

The Pro & Junior Shoot-Out went on after the Cooper Award between Team Fretz and Team Cooper. Team Cooper ended up being victorious winning 44 points to 42. All in all, it was a great day of tennis and all those who attended enjoyed the tennis activities.

I would like to thank the participants, pros, juniors, volunteers, Indian Ridge C.C., Randy Berg, (TD), Linda Granillo, the catering department and Indian Ridge C.C. staff for all their work in readying the facility.  I would also like to “Thank” my sponsors; MYLAN WTT, STAR ORTHO DR. RAJ SINHA, DESERT GOLF & TENNIS MAGAZINE, MARKER BROADCASTING, ANGELINE WINES, VICKY’S OF SANTA FE, MAMA GINAS RESTORANTE, TENNIS WAREHOUSE, PETE CARLSON’S PGA TOUR SUPERSTORE, Special thanks to: Charlie Pasarell, Gary & Barbara Tolman, Billie Jean King, Tory Fretz, Desert Champions, CV National Junior Tennis League and all those who contributed to the success of this event. Also many, many thanks to my volunteers; Head – Barbara Caruso, Andy Caruso, Les & Cheryl Kovats, my sister Vicky Wilamart and her family David, Steffanie, Melvyn Baidya, top honors for Tookie Marcellin & Hollis Smith, Phil & Michel Erikson, Roza Castilla, Claudia Garcia, Melanie Braden, Carol Bassi, Sally Wright, D’Wayne & Lynn Begay, Ali Elsner for my P.R. and to Leighton Ginn for all his help in social media. Least but never last my Sportswoman Staff…couldn’t have done it with-out you: Vicky Wright, Connie Spooner, Beth Ramos…thank you!!

If I have temporarily forgotten someone, know that you count regardless of whether you’re listed or not.

Until next year….keep swinging!


Thanks to the Juniors who participated:

Taylor Johnson

Brian Johnson

Hannah Johnson

Tatiana Harvey

Nicholas Garcia

Diego Castilla

Alex Kuperstein

Nick Kaufmann

Emunah Daffon

Shekinah Daffon

Nico Calixto


Andy Scorteanu

Vicente Ferrer

Leif Nordland

Randy Berg

Sebastian Gomez

Marlon Reveche

Caerwyn Evans

Donny Felich

Jack Felich

Alex Sandri







Anna Lee Thurston Reception March 12th 2017 
during the 2nd week of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells



Join us for the Rosie Casals Jackie Cooper Team Tennis Pro Am
April 23, 2017 Indian Ridge CC