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Mark Hazzard Memorial Tournament

A brief History about Mark:
Mark “Stand On It!” Hazzard grew up in up-state New York and Connecticut. He had the good fortune to travel south to go to college where he attended and graduated from UNC – Greensboro. After college Mark settled in Charlotte, NC where he met his wife, Merritt. Mark and Merritt have two children, Griffin and Julia. Griffin is in the 10th grade and Julia is in the 1st grade.

Mark was a man of varied interests and passions. He had a special place in his heart for the Grateful Dead and the New York Yankees. He enjoyed reading, cooking (and eating), live music, and doing volunteer work for kids’ charities. Mark was blessed with an easy going nature and made friends easily. Mark had an engaging personality. He thrived on the give and take of good conversation and very much enjoyed getting to know people from all different walks of life.

Mark was also a sports enthusiast. He was a black belt in karate as well as excellent golfer and volleyball player. He started playing tennis around the age of 40 and never stopped. Mark enjoyed the competitive aspect of the game; however, just playing tennis with friends on a beautiful day (and consuming a few malt beverages) was much more important to him than wins and losses. Mark was always a gentleman on the court. His easy going nature transitioned to the tennis court. Mark was calm and cool under pressure, and he rarely showed any frustration with his opponent or partner and usually accepted poor line calls without complaint.

“Stand On It!” was a phrase Mark’s teammates would shout when he flushed an overhead during a match. Without a doubt Mark’s best shot was his overhead. He attributed his overhead prowess to his days of playing volleyball and spiking the ball every chance he got. Typically, Marked flashed a sly grin when anticipating an overhead, and when he cracked one the point was usually over.

Sadly, we lost Mark a few years ago although we have not lost his spirit or the impact he brought to the people around him. His wife Merritt is still a regular on our ladies teams here at CSRC and his name lives on not only in our annual tournament but also the stands that bear his name. Mark's impact and personality are still evident in our men who knew Mark and continue playing on the courts at CSRC. Rarely does a clinic go by without some passing mention of Mark's catchphrase (typically, when the guys are hitting overheads at the pros).

Hazzard's Hangout was completed last year with proceeds raised from the Hazzard Memorial Tournament. Mark may be gone but his legacy and his passion will live on at CSRC every time someone takes to the clay courts and sees his name watching over the action on courts 6 and 7!

This year we are going to skip the silent auction (it will be back in the Spring of 2018), and will have dinner instead of lunch, with the final matches played under the lights. Walter and Beki from the concession stand will be assisting us in preparing and serving the dinner meal, many thanks to them for contributing their time and food to this great cause! Many thanks to Devin Ware for volunteering to cook ribs this year!

There will be plenty of food and drink available (ribs, BBQ, hot dogs, side dishes). Since the pool is closed, we will likely eat up on the pool deck and watch the final matches after dinner from the deck. Please bring family and friends to watch and eat. Food and drink is $15 for non-playing adults and $5 for kids (pay at the door). Walter and Beki have to clean out their ice cream freezer and candy inventory, so there should be plenty of sweets for the kids.

All net proceeds go to the Hazzard family educational fund and for improvements to the CSRC tennis program!

DATE Saturday, October 7 (Rain date will be the following Saturday, October 14.)
COST $45 per person ($90 per team) includes tournament, tennis balls, food and drink for all participants. You can send your payment to us via PayPal at or send a check payable to Gary Gerlach (NOT CSRC!) at 1313 Kingscross Drive Charlotte, NC 28211. You can register as a team or individual. We reserve the right to move individuals from team to team to make the field as competitive as possible.
REGISTRATION LIMIT 32 Teams - So please reply as soon as possible. If you are registering for a team, tell us your team mate, and provide both you and your partner's NTRP rating. If you are registering for yourself and have a partner in mind, please put that in the email. Don't worry if you don't have a partner, the tennis pros will help create teams as needed. Once we have reached 32 teams, we will send out an email closing registration.
START TIMES Anticipated start time of 1 pm (start time subject to change - depends on Ladies Queen City home match that day)
FORMAT Format will be same as last year, play as many games as you can in 20 minutes, with a consolation round, so everyone will play at least two matches.

If you intend to participate:

  1. Send payment ($45 per person) via paypal or check payable to Gary Gerlach, as noted above.
  2. Send an email to with your name, name of partner (if any) and NTRP ratings.