The 2020 Mint Julep brought on its own set of changes with Cliff Drysdale Tennis taking over management of the tennis club and Matthew and Anya Coerver taking over as Directors at the club, as well as challenges with restrictions for indoor gatherings and crowd sizes due to the global pandemic. While canceling the event this year would have been the easier route, the tournament committee took into account the loyalty of the Southern Trace members and the desire to cling to some form of normalcy. The committee and club wanted to provide members and guests a weekend of safe and socially distant fun on the court. With modifications to the tournament schedule, the committee did just that.
Changes to the 2020 weekend included canceling the Hit for Prizes event on Friday night and the Saturday night party. While these are both very popular and usually highlights to the weekend, new additions to the weekend were exciting and allowed for proper physical distancing and ensured safety for the players. The new events throughout the weekend included a Fastest Serve Competition, a Pro Exhibition Match, a Mint Julep Bar with a DJ, and a family event Sunday afternoon with Frios Gourmet-Pops for the children. Southern Trace also had Southern Hydreight Mobile Medics on hand to provide IV hydration and vitamins to the players and a Head representative with tennis merchandise and demo rackets available for players to try.
While the odds were in favor of canceling the event, thanks to the committee, sponsors, Southern Trace staff, and all of the players and members, this year’s Mint Julep was one that we will never forget. Special congratulations to the Women’s 5.0, 6.0, 7.0, and 8.0 and Men’s 6.0, 7.0, and 8.0 finalist and champions that won a mint julep cup as the trophy.
May this tournament continue for years to come and continue to provide true southern hospitality while celebrating life, family, friends, and tennis at Southern Trace.