The Simon Cup
If you are not competing, come and watch. Bring a chair and a bottle of water and spend the morning cheering on Reston players. What? Where? Who? It’s the annual Simon Cup held at the Lake Newport Courts since 1966.
Harold Demoody was the organizer of a tennis tournament for Restonians, and named it The Simon Cup. Generously, Demoody donated a trophy for the event. The first winner’s name engraved on the cup is Charlotte Decker. You will also find her name on a bench that sits on the Lake Newport court four.
This year the first tournament will be held Saturday, September 15 at 9:00 a.m. and at 12:00 p.m. for Men's Singles matches. Semi-finals will be held on Sunday, September 16, and the final on Sunday, September 30. The final match is always taped and broadcast by ComCast---and emceed by Jim Elder.
For three years the final has been played by Ken Sharp and Glen Jaggard. Both men are slated to play, but Mary Conaway said that a lot of 20-year-olds have signed up this year, and they may give the former champions a run for their money.
Men's and Women's Doubles will take place on September 29-30. Mixed Doubles will be on October 5-6 and Men's and Women's 45/55 Singles and Doubles will be on October 13-14. All of these matches will be held at 9:00 and 12:00 at Newport courts.
Registration for these events is still open. You can compete by signing up at reston.org or calling 703-435-6502 for more information. You do have to be a Reston resident to compete or have an RA tennis membership.
If this whets your appetite for more live tennis viewing, there are two more tournaments coming up that Mary emphasizes. On Saturday October 6 an adult tournament will be played on the new QuickStart courts on North Shore Drive., and on September 22 and 23, men’s and women’s singles and doubles matches will be played for charitable causes. Check your Reston Association catalogue for more information.