| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

The Queens College Tennis Players Association (QCTPA) held their inaugural charity tournament at the Queens College Indoor Tennis Center on Nov. 13. David Rand and Sara Just-Michael, founders of the QCTPA, organized a round robin doubles tournament, comprised of 20 teams of Queens College students. Not only was the attendance high, but all participants were excited to play and showed interest in similar events in the future.

The event was held as a fundraiser for USTA Serves, which works to support, monitor and promote programs that enhance the lives of at-risk children and individuals with disabilities through the integration of tennis and education.

Each participant was given a complimentary copy of Novak Djokovic's book, Serve to Win, along with other memorabilia from USTA Serves for supporting their cause. QCTPA also received a generous donation of tennis balls to be used at the tournament from the National Tennis Center in Flushing, home of the U.S. Open.

"This event would not have been possible without the help of the USTA and Queens College Athletic Department," said David Rand.

"Special thanks to Wayne Martin, head men's tennis coach and Merlin Thompson, Associate Athletic Director of Campus and Community Recreation towards helping us facilitate the event from start to finish. We look forward to working with them to host another charitable tennis tournament in the New Year," said Sara Just-Michael. 

Student outreach and community service is the kind of connection to be proud of at Queens College!