2024 MEMBERSHIP OPEN!

We are pleased to announce that your ATC membership can be renewed or you can join ATC for the first time for the 2024 season by going to the membership tab on our website.  If you have any questions about membership or renewing, please contact us at albanytennisclub@gmail.com.

We look forward to another great season.


Tennis Club Set to Reopen

Our contractor is on the job today May 14, 2024. The Albany Tennis Club will be open very soon, thankfully. We are excited to get back to Ridgefield park and our tennis community. Get your membership dues in so you can take advantage of all of our programs. See you all soon.

Larry is Back

Larry Yakubowski will be returning as our manager for the 2024 season. He is currently busy putting together his staff to meet the daily maintenance needs necessary to keep our courts in great shape, to provide tennis instruction for those members seeking it, and to keep club operations purring along as smoothly as ever. He also plans on adding more social events and competition opportunities to the ATC calendar. All these objectives will help Larry pursue one of his biggest priorities, which is increasing the membership of our tennis community.

Membership Dues and Sales Tax for 2024

Although membership fees will remain the same based on last year’s schedule, this season, we will need to assess the Albany area sales tax of 8 percent. Based on our IRS tax status of (501 (c) (7)), membership fees are subject to sales tax, and for many years, the club has absorbed this expense. As costs increase, we can no longer take on this expenditure. We appreciate your understanding on this matter.

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15-Love

We had a great response for the 15-Love Fundraiser, held on Sunday, October 1 (we were rained out on the originally-scheduled date of September 30) .  Over 40 players participated; approximately $2,000 was raised.  Herb Schultz, who is a founder of 15-Love in Albany and also a long-time member of ATC,  gave opening remarks about the organization and acknowledged the dedication of 15-Love staff and various founders including Arthur Ashe and our own Dr. Manuel Alguero, another long-time member of ATC, who was also in attendance.  The organization's goals are focused to reach out to inner-city youth through tennis. 


 

Honored during the 15-Love event was Dr. Manuel Alguero (seated).   Rear, from left to right, Marc Gerstman, Bruce McBride, and Larry Yakubowski.

 

Club Tournament

The Club Tournament is almost concluded in both Open (open to members and non-members) and Closed competitions (members only).    Larry will report on the final results, but we want to acknowledge his time and efforts on this massive undertaking, as well as those of Chris Bradt, Assistant Tournament Director.   Approximately 60 matches in the open and closed divisions were successfully scheduled.  Kudos to both Larry and Chris Bradt for a job well done. 

Infrastructure

August brought on many challenges.  A break in our irrigation system occurred on August 27 (Sunday) and was repaired by September 1 (Friday).  Thanks go to those who responded to the situation so quickly, particularly our Engineering Department (Steve Beditz and Steve Angle) and H2Mow, our contractors that surveyed the damage that Sunday afternoon.  During this time the irrigation control software was replaced, and a water pressure reduction device was installed.  

Another important development was the staining of the new maintenance shed, which provides shelter for our court equipment and materials.   Thank you, Steve Beditz and Dave Motta, for your efforts in getting this done despite the weather.   Also, a note of thanks goes to Gary Cimorelli for designing and installing the ramp to the shed. 

 

Annual Meeting and Elections

The annual meeting for the Albany Tennis Club will be held via Zoom in November (date to be announced).   During the meeting,  we will report on the state of the club, various issues and undertakings for 2023 and 2024, and address any member concerns.

Elections are also right around the corner for the 13 seats of the ATC Board.  With the exception of our manager and several part-time maintenance staff,  the ATC is a volunteer organization that is dedicated to promoting tennis and maintaining our facilities.

 If you are interested in becoming a Board member, please contact President Bruce McBride or any Board member to discuss what this position entails.  The other Board members are Steve Angle, Theresa Cary (Secretary), Ned Foss (Treasurer), Gary Henning (Vice President), Jay Martin,  Dave Motta, Betsy MacMaster, Marc Gerstman, and Pete Reed. 

We can be reached via our email address at albanytennisclub@gmail.com.

 

In Memoriam

We are saddened to report the passing of Kevin O’Hearn, who passed away after a long illness.  Kevin was a long-standing member of the “Bierman Group” for doubles on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  Co-players recall that he was a competitive player but always a gentleman both on and off the courts.

October marks the first anniversary of the passing of Terry Moskowitz.  Terry was also an avid doubles player and a constant presence at the club for the morning women’s competition.   As recounted by a close friend, she first met Ivor at a doubles match in Albany.



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