First Annual Blue Ribbon Invitational Tennis Tournament at the Palm Springs Racket Club

18 Feb

Featuring images of the Racket Club from various years…

On February 7, 1951, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported:

“On Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 17 and 18, the First Annual Blue Ribbon Invitational Tennis Tournament will be held at the Palm Springs Racquet Club … Among those expected to enter are Kirk Douglas, Cornel Wilde, Gilbert Roland, Lex Barker, Errol Flynn, Peter Lawford, Mickey Rooney, Dinah Shore, George Montgomery, Paul Henreid, Van Johnson, Frank Sinatra, Evelyn Keyes, Tony Martin, Jimmy Ritz, Dick Haymes, Dane Clark, Marguerite Chapman, Mark Stevens and Dean Jagger. Some of filmtown’s best tennisers aren’t on that list, but there’s still plenty of talent there.”

— Tim


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  1. barb

    February 18, 2020 at 11:37 pm

    Sounds like it was one of *the* places to be in Palm Springs

    • Gentleman Tim

      February 19, 2020 at 10:23 am

      Indeed it was, Barb. It was a hotspot for Hollywooders for decades, going gangbusters during the Golden Age, racing wildly through the daze and nights of the Rat Pack, well above par during the time of Hope, almost hopelessly decaying in the Seventies, then brought back to life by Sonny Bono. And the beat goes on ….…