Women’s Night Doubles: Good For Players, Fun For Fans

Seeding the teams for Kailua Racquet Club’s 13th annual Pacific Medical Administrative Group Women’s Night Doubles Tournament is among many duties of tournament director Bruce Nagel. If anything, the extensive lineup of talent gives him his biggest challenge, but he usually knows where he can expect much of the field to originate from – the college ranks.

As in past years, the tournament is expected to showcase the top college players from Hawaii schools, among others, with participants from Brigham Young-Hawaii, Chaminade, Hawaii Pacific University, the University of Hawaii and UH-Hilo to take part.

With Nagel and the club’s special gift for producing a five-star event, the Women’s Night Doubles is over the top as the premiere women’s tennis event in the state.

In the first 12 years of the tournament, the club has been able to donate more $70,000 for the treatment and prevention of breast cancer. Through sponsor Aloha Medical mission, $5,000 already has been raised this year.

Play begins Nov. 12 with matches running nightly (except Thursday) through Saturday. A 6:15 p.m. match and a 7:30 match will be held every night. The tournament finals are scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Nov. 17, and all are free to the public.

Last year, this USTA sanctioned tournament, which offers $2,500 in prize money, attracted 24 teams representing 10 different nations. In addition to teams from HPU, UH, BYUH and Chaminade, the tournament also featured some of Hawaii’s top high school players as well as local teaching pros.

Attention to detail and a fan-friendly atmosphere has helped the PMAG Women’s Night Doubles Tournament become the ultimate tennis event of the year in Hawaii. As at the men’s tournament, delicious food and beverages from Kaminski’s Café are available for purchase, while thousands of dollars in door prizes, contests and music all contribute to making an evening at the tournament a memorable experience.

The private club is located at 629 Oneawa St. For more information, call 263-4444.