While many people in Venice were getting dehydrated from margaritas on Cinco de Mayo, competitors in the Venice Beach Paddle Tennis Cinco de Mayo Tournament were doing their best to stay hydrated under the hot sun.
Hosted by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, the May 5 and 6 tournament featured both singles and doubles competition with some of the world’s best paddle tennis players in action, including Brian Wan of New York and Russ Garber of Los Angeles.
The duo, who are the number two ranked doubles team in the country, competed in the Men’s Doubles event beating Venice locals Emi Saccone and Grant Aronson 8-6. In the semi-finals, Wan and Garber defeated the duo of Gabriel Joseph and Jessie Irvine 8-6. Irvine is a female player who used to play professional tennis and regularly competes in the male paddle tennis competitions.
“As a female paddle player, it was great to compete in the men’s tournament,” Irvine said. “I’ve been playing paddle for almost a year now and I love it because it’s fast-paced and easy to pick up. Plus it allows me to compete and play with my friends since I can no longer do so in tennis because of an injury.”
For those who missed the tournament, there is still ample paddle tennis competition lined up for Venice in the coming months. The Summer Singles tournament will take place June 10-11, LA City Doubles July 15-16, US Open National Singles August 19-20 and Venice Beach Mixed Doubles September 9-10. In the meantime, the courts are open to the public and paddle rentals are available to rent from the facility. For more information contact Fred Easley at Venice Recreation and Parks at 310.399.2775.