- Last Updated on 08:24 AM 09/18/13
- BY Special to the Gazette
The Inaugural Bob Cage Tennis Classic will be held Oct. 4-6 at Stratford Tennis Club in Danville.
Adults and juniors are invited to enter the tournament and to attend the events, which will include a 90th birthday celebration for Bob Cage, an internationally known artist and champion tennis player who recently donated his 25-foot tall, 1,400-pound sculpture of a tennis racquet to Stratford.
The finals of all divisions will be held Sunday, Oct. 6, followed by a barbecue dinner and a 90th birthday party for Cage. The community is cordially invited to join in the birthday celebration. Finals are slated to begin at 3 p.m. on Oct. 6.
The deadline for tournament entries is Sept. 30 at 5 p.m. Singles, doubles and mixed doubles events will be offered for men and women in Open and Over 50 divisions. For juniors, under 18, singles and doubles events will be offered.
The South Boston sculptor and painter is renowned for his outdoor sculptures which he makes with recycled farm machinery, tools, scrap metals and other abandoned objects.
Over the decades, Cage has created close to 100 sculptures. Their current homes range from Cage’s sculpture farm in Halifax County to locations across South Boston, Danville, Richmond, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Maysville, Ky., and Raleigh, N.C.
The new tournament is named for the 89-year-old artist and World Champion Tobacco Auctioneer who has played and won many events at tennis centers all over the world and still plays tennis regularly at Stratford.
Established in 1977, the private tennis facility located at 182 Churchview Drive has six Har-Tru clay courts with three lighted for night play. Stratford Tennis Club has programs and tournaments for the competitive or social player, for the beginning or experienced player, for adults, children and families.