2019 Past Events
May 1, 2019
The 5th Annual Rosie Casals Team Tennis Pro-Am & Jackie Cooper Award took place at beautiful Indian Ridge Country Club in Palm Desert on Sunday, April 28, 2019. The morning was perfect and so was the temperature as volunteers showed up early in the morning to prepare for the days’ activities. The participants started showing up around 8:00am to check-in enjoying the Continental Breakfast, buying raffle tickets and checking out the Silent Auction before the tournament started.
Rosie and Tennis Director at IRCC Randy Berg welcomed the players and reviewed all the team tennis rules and format. Team photos were taken and then all teams were disbursed with their Pros to their designated courts.
After 2-hours of battle, two teams ended with the top scores; Team ASTA with Pro Andy Scorteanu accumulated 162 points and Team Golden Gaters with 154 points lead by Pro Jay Samonte. Congratulations to the two finalists! And to all the other Pros, Juniors and Amateurs, great job!
After the Pro-Am Prizes were awarded to the two finalists followed by a tasty BBQ lunch of hot dogs & hamburgers with all the trimmings, chicken and pulled pork with all the sides along with dessert. Refreshments for relaxation were provided by the Presenting Sponsor RumChata and our Official Wine, The Larsen Projekt Wines.
Shortly after the Pro-Am and lunch, the Jackie Cooper Award Presentation took place with Rosie Casals welcoming everybody again and taking the time to thank all the sponsors, volunteers, Sportswoman staff and host-site Indian Ridge Country Club and its’ staff.
ANDY SCORTEANU AND THE JACKIE COOPER AWARD
This years’ JACKIE COOPER AWARD recipient was local hometown Pro, Andy Scorteanu, who learned to play tennis at Ruth Hardy Park and the Tennis Club in Palm Springs. He was #1 in Southern California Juniors in 1996 and played for the Fresno Bulldogs. Andy was one of the top NCCA Collegiate players and went on to play on the ATP Tour in the early 2000’s. After his playing days, Andy became a Teaching Pro in the desert and is currently the Director of Racket Sports at Monterey Country Club where he also runs his junior tennis academy ASTA.
Andy has dedicated much of his life to promoting the growth of juniors in the valley having established his junior program at Mission Hills CC in 2004. He has successfully sent his top juniors to play at UCLA, San Luis Obispo and Boise State College. Today Andy’s academy is one of the most successful tennis academies in Southern California and sought after by many talented juniors. Of his current students, several are top-ranked in SoCal in the 12’s, 14’s and 16’s. (See Andy’s Bio)
PRO & JUNIOR SHOOT-OUT
To top off the day the Pro & Junior Shoot-Out took place right after lunch featuring local juniors in an all-doubles format. The Pros decided to sit this one out and just captain and coach their teams. After some close matches Team Cooper narrowly defeated Team Fretz 34-31. Team Cooper: Diego Castillo, Eduardo Contreras, Nick Garcia, Antonella Mazzotti, Tanner Moy, Jake Presser, Chance & Christian Rozpedski. Team Fretz: Michael Cabacungan, Marcelo & Nico Calixto, Emunah & Shekinah Daffon, Caleb Kassinove, Mala Kumar and Charlotte Matterne. Congratulations to all of you!
Our other local Pros, Juniors and Amateurs that participated in the tennis activities include, PROS: Randy Berg, Nick Garcia, Sebastian Gomez, Pete Kelly, Judy Louie, Owen McIntosh, Rhenn Ramirez & Sandy Scorteanu; JUNIORS: Danny Garcia, Levi Kassinove, Zoe Kolytiris; AMS: Karen Chiesi, Michelle Church, Leigh Combs, Joe Daley, Trigg Dealey, Andrew Kassinove, William Kinstle, Jeff Kozak, Rick Krueger, Anil Kumar, Joan Martin, Lisa McIntosh, Debbie Ramirez, Noe Sariban, Sharon Severson, Brad Smith, Shelly Tamkin, Mike Tierney, Spencer Torpy & Bob Wagman. Could not have done this without you!!!
Tory and I would like to thank everyone for their support and contributions to The Love & Love Tennis Foundation and Junior Tennis in the Coachella Valley. The Love & Love Tennis Foundation raised a little over $15,000 thanks to our sponsors, participants, various donations, silent auction and raffle tickets sold.
THANK YOU to my Sportswoman staff, Connie Spooner and Vickie Wright; Heads of Volunteers and Operations, Barbara & Andy Caruso and Beth Ramos, and our many volunteers who kindly donated their time to help us make this event successful. To Randy Berg, Tennis Director at IRCC and to their staff, operations personnel and servers; Food & Beverage Director John Snicale and Elise Colson for the wonderful food and set-up.
To our many local businesses for their contributions to our Auction, Raffle Prizes and Awards; Indian Ridge County Club, Toscana Country Club, USTA, Desert Dining Club, The Living Desert, Palm Springs Air Museum, Tristone Cinemas, J. Russell! The Salon, Starbucks, Earth Spirits, Juicy Juicy Organic Juice Bar, The Grill on Main, Papa Dan’s Pizza, 849 Restaurant, Sherman’s Deli, Ristorante Mamma Gina, Mario’s Italian Cafe, Si Bon, Pueblo Viejo Grill, Vicky’s of Santa Fe, Wilson, Desert Champions and the BNP Paribas Open. To Arlene Ludwig – Disney, Pixar, Marvel and DreamWorks Studios; Tookie Marcellin for all your hard work in helping gather these terrific donations and to Marker Broadcasting for continuous coverage of our event.
IT’S A WRAP until next year, have a good summer!
Annalee Thurston Award Reception benefitting the Love & Love Tennis Foundation
The Annalee Thurston Award Reception benefitting the Love & Love Tennis Foundation was another smashing success. We’ve not had time to tally all the numbers but I think we still came out ahead and probably raised close to $50,000 through our Dinner, Live and Silent Auction and Raffle. I can’t thank my sponsors enough; Rum Chata Foundation, StarOrtho, Rodney Strong and Oloff Shoes / in addition to Gary and Barbara Tolman for their continuous support of this event. My friends Billie Jean King, Ilana Kloss, Martina Navratilova, and Chrissie Evert for always being there…..thank you, thank you.
Mary Carillo top Tennis Analyst for the Tennis Channel and Grand Slam Tournaments was the evenings’ host and her wit and charisma had all the guests laughing and enjoying the evening from start to finish. Mary was the recipient of the Annalee Thurston Award in 2016 and we were fortunate to have our past recipients; Micky Lawler, Deborah Larkin and Ilana Kloss in attendance.
The Love & Love Tennis Foundation gave out two awards Sunday, March 10 at the IWTG honoring local Desert Hot Spring Senior and Captain of the High School Tennis Team, Eduardo Contreras with the Vicki Berner “Heart & Spirit” Award which recognizes a boy or girl who has displayed leadership qualities and shown Heart & Spirit in competition. Tennis Legend and Hall of Famer Chrissie Evert received The Annalee Thurston Award which recognizes women who have reached the pinnacle of their careers in both sports and business. Her sister Clare Evert Shane and her son Nicky were there to share some of their personal words as to why their sister and mom were so special to them.
The Annalee Thurston Award was established in 2011 as a way to honor Annalee’s legacy after she passed away in 2007 of a brain Aneurysm and the Annalee Thurston Scholarship Fund for women in sports and business was created at the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center at the University of Oregon. In 2017 the Annalee Memorial Scholarship Fund was fully endowed and in 2018 the Love & Love Tennis Foundation became the beneficiary of the Annalee Thurston Award Reception benefitting juniors in the Coachella Valley. Last year was the first year of The Vicki Berner Heart & Spirit Award and Tatiana Harvey a Senior at Rancho Mirage High School was the first recipient of this award.
We had many tennis Royalty in attendance which read like the Who’s of Who of Tennis; Chrissie, Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova, Tracy Austin, Charlie Pasarell, founder of the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens, Todd Martin, CEO of the Hall of Fame, Original 9 member and Champion, Peaches Bartikowicz and Ilana Kloss, US Open Doubles Champion and 2016 Annalee Thurston Award recipient. After all the videos and acceptance speeches the evening ended with a “Live” Auction that raised approximately $25,000.
Ann Austin heading up The WTA Charities presented The Love & Love Tennis Foundation with a check for $5,000 to Rosie Casals and Tory Fretz. Both Tory and I are very appreciative of being the recipient of this donation from the WTA Charities and will put it to good use. It’s nice to be acknowledged by them and what we are doing for tennis in our community of Coachella Valley. Thank you very much for your donation!
Tory Fretz and I would like to thank everyone for coming and supporting the Love & Love Tennis Foundation. The foundation is working hard to spread tennis to all the kids who live in the Coachella Valley and want to learn how to play tennis. Our work and dedication are unwavering and we hope to be able to grow our youth programs and extend our reach to include all kids respective of their ethnic and financial background.
Thank you again to my sponsors, my volunteers, my Sportswoman staff who are such an important part of this event and its success….thank you for all you do!
We will give you the final count soon.
Thank You All
January 15, 2019 – LOVE & LOVE TENNIS CLINICS AT THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB Palm Springs & La Quinta
The Love & Love Tennis Foundation and the Boys & Girls Club continue to work
together in offering tennis lessons to kids through-out the Coachella Valley. We
hope to keep expanding our tennis program to other Boys & Girls Club locations
and to be able to provide tennis all year around.
The foundation began tennis sessions in La Quinta and Palm Springs October – December and will restart again January 15, 2019.
2016-2018 Past Events
Annalee Thurston Award Reception 2018
The first Love & Love Tennis Foundation Annalee Thurston Award fundraiser was a “Smashing” Success thanks to all of you who supported the reception by attending or sending in your donations. It was a great evening with lots of wonderful moments and many Thank You’s from me personally to each and every one of you. And those who participated in the “Live” Auction made it the most memorable evening. Billie Jean stepped up to the plate to buy two of Cartoonist and Legend Lee Holly’s paintings, Chris & Martina auctioned off two hours of tennis and Gary Tolman and Jim Citrin stepped up and grabbed a chance to play with two incredible friends and Legends. Chairman and President of the USTA and recipient of the Thurston Award, Katrina Adams took the podium to auction off her US Open President’s Package to tennis fan and friend Gary Tolman. Needless to say in that 15 minute span the foundation raised about $45,000 to bring our gross total to over $80,000. Without a doubt the best ever and one I will have to work very hard to repeat in 2019 . . . I WILL CERTAINLY TRY!
It was a pleasure to have Tatiana Harvey as the first recipient of the Vicki Berner “Heart & Spirit” Award and to share her stories and dreams of her future goals and aspirations after she graduates from High School this summer. We certainly wish her well and know she will be a success!
To Katrina Adams, this year’s Annalee Thurston Award Recipient and always our President, I thank you for your support and contributions to the game of tennis and all that you do. I hope you will continue to serve the game and return next year for more of your auction “Magic”. To my Presenting Sponsor RumChata, and the wonderful wine from Rodney Strong Vineyards, Dr. Raj Sinha, Desert Stemcell Project, all my advertisers, Tennis Channel, International Tennis Hall of Fame, USTA, WTT, Sally Ride Science, Joan Oloff Shoes, Billie Jean Eye Coach, Ginn & Topics, so much appreciation. To my Patrons and Friends; Gary & Barbara Tolman, Laura King-Pfaff, Tam O’Shaughnessy, Dave & Felicia DiJohn, Ilana Kloss, Tory Fretz and all of you who made our success possible . . . THANK YOU! Peggy Michel and Desert Champions for allowing us to have such a great venue for our dinner and suite to view tennis, so many thanks for your continued generosity.
Annalee would be proud to know that she is still bringing us together to do good things in the desert!
THAT’S A WRAP – SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!
The Love & Love Tennis Foundation & Annalee Thurston Award Reception
“In the Spirit of Annalee”
Rosie “Together we can do our best work”
LEE HOLLY WARNER BROTHERS ANIMATER FOR LOONEY TOONS CARTOON CHARACTERS; BUGS BUNNY, DAFFY DUCK, ELMER FUDD, SYLVESTER THE CAT, PORKY PIG, SPEEDY GONAZALES WITH BILLIE JEAN KING AND DESERT DRIVE-IN PAINTING.
Katrina & Martina auctioning racket
Auction time with Martina and Chris
Katrina Adams Recipient of the Annalee Thurston Award with Robert Larsen presenting Bottle of Rodney Strong Wine
Katrina & Martina auctioning racket
Auction time with Martina and Chris
Group Photo with past WTA members & Staff
4th ANNUAL ROSIE CASALS & JACKIE COOPER TEAM TENNIS PRO-AM
- Benefits local junior tennis in the CV through Love & Love Tennis Foundation
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The 4th Annual Rosie Casals & Jackie Cooper Team Tennis Pro-Am, hosted by Hall of Fame tennis legend Rosie Casals, was a SMASHING SUCCESS! The tennis fundraiser for the LOVE & LOVE TENNIS FOUNDATION took place Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Indian Ridge Country Club. Casals’ company, Sportswoman, Inc., in conjunction with the Love & Love Tennis Foundation founded by Casals and former tennis pro Tory Fretz, produced the fundraiser which hosted a Silent Auction, Raffle and the featured PRO & JR. SHOOT-OUT.
The morning started with the Team Tennis Pro-Am and there were 12 Teams consisting of (1) Pro, (1) Junior and (2) Amateurs playing a team tennis format with No Add Scoring, play lets and accumulative scoring. The winning team was the “Ralliers” from Toscana Country Club headed by Nigel O’Rourke Tennis Director. They had 128 total points. The number Runner-up Team was The “Slicers” from The Lakes Country with 126 points and Pro Donny Felich. Prizes were awarded and a delicious BBQ Lunch was served during the cool down.
The Jackie Cooper Award was presented to long-time friend and business partner Lornie Kuhle who were partners in the Palm Desert Resorter C.C. and also ran two Junior USTA Tournaments in the desert. To help in the Presentation was the first Honoree of the Cooper Award; Entrepreneur and visionary for the Indian Wells Tennis Garden Charlie Pasarell, last year’s Honoree DeeDee Felich and Ray Moore good friend of Jackie’s and Lornie and Head of the IWTG and BNP Paribas Open along with Tory Fretz, Founder of Love & Love Tennis Foundation All told their personal stories of their friendship with Lornie and Jackie.
Lornie Kuhle, “side kick” and friend of Bobby Riggs, who was recently cast in the movie “Battle of the Sexes” as the emcee of the famous 1973 match between Billie Jean King and Bobbie Riggs and who provided tennis lessons to Steve Carell who portrayed Riggs. Kuhle is also the promoter of the Easter Bowl and the Girls 16’s and 18’s USTA National Championships in San Diego which is now called the Billie Jean King USTA National Championships.
The Silent Auction and Raffle raised about $2,500 and with the sponsors and participants the Love & Love Tennis Foundation brought in about $23,000.
The Pro-Shoot-Out took place after the Jackie Cooper Award Presentation with Team Fretz & Team Cooper battling it out. Ultimately the winners were Team Cooper with Captain Andy Scorteanu,Tennis Director of Monterey C.C. against Caerwyn Evans Tennis Director of Shadow Moutain and Desert Academy.
Casals said, “We are bringing tennis to all kids throughout the Coachella Valley, and our goal is to eventually produce more players and tournaments – and ultimately champion players – from this area, to compete with other juniors all over the world. This was a wonderful event today and I want to thank all the Pros and Juniors as well as the Amateurs for helping raise money for the Love & Love Tennis Foundation and Junior Tennis in the Coachella Valley.
I also want to thank all my sponsors; RumChata Foundation (presenting sponsor), Dr. Raj Sinha Hip and Knee Surgeon, Billie Jean King, Billie Jean King’s Eye Coach, The Larsen Projekt Wines, Indian Ridge Country Club, Desert Golf & Tennis magazine and Marker Broadcasting (Jammin’ 99.5 FM, Kool 95.9 FM, Q102.3 FM classic rock and Big 106 Country KPLM FM, Mama Gina’s Restaurant, Vickey’s of Santa Fe’ and Pueblo Viejo Grill and all the other donors that contributed to the Raffle and Auction Prizes.
ABOUT THE LOVE & LOVE TENNIS FOUNDATION (LLTF)
The Love & Love Tennis Foundation was established in 2015 by Hall of Fame tennis legend Rosie Casals and WTA Tour Professional Tory Fretz to advance junior tennis participation in the Coachella Valley and to give financial aid to junior grass root programs. LLTF has worked with the National Junior Tennis League (NJTL), Boys & Girls Clubs, Coachella Valley Housing Coalition (CVHC), A.S.E.S. (After School Education and Safety enrichment programs), Andy Scorteanu Tennis Academy (ASTA) and others in expanding youth tennis in the desert. LLTF helps kids get involved in tennis programs, regardless of their ethnic or economic backgrounds.
LLTF has launched the free Kids Love Tennis Clinics with Boys & Girls Clubs in the desert for kids 6-13 years old. The Clinics are sponsored by tennis icon Billie Jean King, Barbara and Gary Tolman, USTA/SCTA, NJTL and LLTF. Casals, Fretz and their partners are passionate about bringing tennis to as many young persons as possible. As they say, “Tennis is for everyone!”
Team Tennis Pro-Am
Sunday, April 22, 2018
PUT YOUR WINNING TEAM TOGETHER!
Pro-Am 2017 Photos:
The Rosie Casals & Jackie Cooper Team Tennis Pro-Am was a success raising over $20,000 for the Love & Love Tennis Foundation! The Team Tennis Pro-Am hosted 10 Teams comprised of (1) Pro, (1) Junior and (2) Amateurs and was won by Leif Erikson Tennis Director of Woodhaven Country Club and his team.
Winning Team Woodhaven C.C.
Pro & Junior SHOOTOUT
Andy Scorteanu & Team
Randy Berg & Team
Jackie Cooper Award Recipients
Mayor Jan Harnik, Laura Regusci-Cooper, Charlie & Rosie
The Jackie Cooper Award was established in 2016 for someone who displayed “Commitment and Passion” for the game of tennis and good friend Charlie Pasarell was the first recipient of this award. The Jackie Cooper Award was given to DeeDee Felich this year who recently retired from her administrative duties at the BNP Paribas Open.
Rosie Casals & Jackie Cooper
Team Tennis Pro-Am 2016 Photos
1st Annual Rosie Casals & Pancho Gonzalez Tennis Kids Tennis Fiesta
The 1st Annual Rosie Casals & Pancho Gonzalez Tennis Kids Tennis Fiesta took place at the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens September 29 to celebrate Hispanic Monthly with 130 kids from Coachella Valley School District Ases Program. Kids were bussed in and the festivities began with a welcome from Greg Gonzales and myself before taking the courts for a 2 hour clinic session. I had some wonderful help from high school coaches and boys and girl’s high school tennis teams. After tennis, our wonderful volunteers assisted the kids with lunch provided by NJTL. The day was capped off by wonderful entertainment from the Youth Mariachi Band and Folklorico group who played and danced with their colorful costumes.
Purple Room Wrap-Up
PURPLE ROOM WRAP-UP OCTOBER 28, 2017
Rosie Casals & Tory Fretz receive Proclamation from the City Of Palm Springs and Mayor Pro-Temp Ginny Foat at the Purple Room Love & Love Tennis Foundation Fundraiser. It was a full-house for Welsh Diva and Cabaret Legend Irish Williams who performed for a sell out crowd at the Purple Room. The Love & Love Tennis Foundation raised over $10,000. Thank you, Michael Holmes, owner of the Purple Room, Jeremy Hobbs with the Western Wind Foundation and Iris Williams.
Battle of the Sexes
It was exciting to be included in the Battle Of The Sexes Movie starring Oscar Winner Emma Stone and Steve Carell as Billie Jean and Bobby Riggs. The Original 9 were also featured in the movie and attended the Opening Red Carpet Premiere in Los Angeles on September 16, my birthday. Natalie Morales played me (Rosie Casals) in the movie and I got a chance to meet her. Here are some photos of the Red Carpet in Los Angeles.
Pictured below are Natalie Morales & Rosie Casals
The Original 9 Cast Members
Emma, Billie Jean and Steve on the Green
2017 Rosie, Peaches, Emma, Judy, Kerry, Kristy, Valerie & Billie Jean