Winter Old-Lympics celebrates 25th year

The 25th Bill Morgan Memorial Winter Old-Lympics Tennis Tournament is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 19 and 20.

It is a tournament designed to foster camaraderie between Winter Texans and Port Aransas residents.

Doubles tennis players whose combined ages amount to 100 or more are invited to enter.

Entry forms will be available at the South Jetty newspaper office, 1726 State Highway 361, Suite A1.

The first eight teams to sign up in each division will make up the brackets for the tournament.

Players may pair up for men’s, women’s and mixed doubles.

If at least 12 teams register for a single division, the bracket will be expanded from eight to a maximum of 16 teams per bracket.

Entry fee is $15 per person per event, and proceeds benefit the Port Aransas ISD tennis program.

Rated players must be rated 3.5 or less by the United States Tennis Association.

The tournament will be played on the Port Aransas school courts on Station Street between Beach and Lantana streets.

Mixed doubles will be played Saturday, and men’s and women’s doubles will be played Sunday.

Players should report to the courts at 8:30 a.m., and matches will begin at 9 a.m. on both days.

Balls, water and bananas will be provided.

First, second and consolation trophies will be awarded in each category.

An awards dinner will be held Sunday starting at 6:30 p.m. at a private home to be announced at the tournament. The Port Aransas Tennis Association, which sponsors the event, will provide barbecued brisket and chicken, and beans. Players are asked to bring side dishes.

The Winter Old-Lympics Tennis Tournament is held in honor of its originator,the late Bill Morgan, who was instrumental in founding the Port Aransas Tennis Association and the Winter Old-Lympics. Jim Anderson, with Morgan, founded the tournament in 1994 as a means of bringing permanent residents and Winter Texans together.The tournament has been held each year since, with the exception of 2018 in the wake of Hurricane Harvey that struck Port Aransas on Aug. 25, 2017, and in 2021 due to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic.

Watch the weekly print and online editions of the South Jetty for any changes and more details.

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