Former tennis greats highlight EPATT Pro-Am tournament


The inaugural EPATT Kids Cup Pro-Am Tennis Tournament, benefiting the after-school tennis and tutoring program for underserved kids in East Palo Alto, will be held Saturday at Stanford's Taube Family Tennis Center.

The event is hoping to raise $100,000 for EPATT to support its mission and extend its program to the Ravenswood City School District.

The tournament features world-class tennis celebrities and former professional tennis players, including Tracy Austin and Brad Gilbert. Pros are assigned to 12 teams competing in a round-robin doubles tournament with the finals match scheduled for 1 p.m. The tournament is free and open to the public.

"I am constantly humbled and amazed by the impact EPATT has achieved over the years, and we're very excited to bring an on-site program to the Ravenswood City School District," said Dave Higaki, EPATT Executive Director. "We're wowed by the enthusiastic and generous support for Kids Cup from so many great tennis stars and the entire community this tournament promises to be a lot of fun for everyone."

Warmups begin Saturday at 7:45 a.m., followed by opening remarks from Dick Gould, Stanford's Director of Tennis. The first match will get under way at 8:30 a.m.

From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., a Kid's Clinic will be held. (Children

under 10 should pre-register at

Following playoffs at 1 p.m., an awards ceremony will take place at 2:30 p.m.

Along those competing include:

* Tracy Austin, former No. 1 tennis player in the world, winner of three grand slam titles.

* Brad Gilbert, former No. 4 player in the world, tennis commentator and coach.

* Albert Chang, Harvard All-American.

* Brandon Coupe, former doubles quarterfinalist, U.S. Open and current Stanford men's associate head coach.

* Scotty Davis, former No. 2 doubles player in world and ex-Stanford All-American.

* Brian Garrow, former No. 40 in doubles and UCLA star.

* Dan Goldie, former singles quarterfinalist, Wimbledon and NCAA singles champ from Stanford.

* Paul Goldstein, former No. 58 in singles and Stanford's new head men's tennis coach.

* Michael Jessup, No. 1 in Northern California in 2001.

* Alex O'Brien, former No. 1 in doubles, No. 30 in singles, US Open doubles champ and NCAA singles & doubles champ at Stanford.

* Jeff Salzenstein, former Stanford standout and pro.

* Jonathan Stark, former world No. 1 in doubles, and French Open doubles champ from Stanford.

* Jeff Tarango, former No. 10 in doubles, former No. 42 in singles from Stanford.

Community members can get involved by sponsoring a team, becoming a team captain, or signing up to play. Individual players will be assigned to a team. For more information please visit: Those interested in playing or sponsoring a team should email Scott Russell, the event director, at or call 650-291-5369.

"It's a pleasure being associated with EPATT, because everyone the staff, the kids, the parents and Stanford student tutors are all so intensely committed to the program and the kids' success," said Gould. "This tournament promises to be an exciting and fun event, with that special recognition that it's supporting a great program."

EPATT is free, non-profit youth development organization for K-12th grade students. It offers a unique blend of academic support, sports training, and parent coaching. It's after-school program serves students from 43 schools in school districts across San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Housed on the Stanford campus, EPATT combines academics, tennis, field trips, college counseling, and parent coaching to achieve a 95 percent high school graduation rate, nearly three times the average East Palo Alto graduation rate.

One of the top programs of its kind in the U.S., EPATT has a national reputation, receiving visitors from similar organizations across the nation that would like to duplicate EPATT's success in their communities.

Approximately 170 Stanford students volunteer as EPATT academic tutors each year, forming friendships, teaching, and at the same time, also learning from their young EPATT friends.

"EPATT partners with families, schools and volunteers to help our students achieve success through academic tutoring, tennis and fitness instruction, college preparation, and parent engagement," said Kesha Weekes, Academic Director. "What distinguishes EPATT is the one-on-one interaction, personalized tutoring and mentoring that extends even beyond the walls of EPATT, providing advocacy and support in all facets of a student's life."

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