DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke men's tennis team hosted Alumni Weekend this past weekend, in appreciation for the contributions and excellence of former Duke tennis players. In all, 49 former tennis players came back to campus, many of them with their families.
Highlighting the day was a special dedication made to Dr. James Bonk. Bonk, a chemistry professor at Duke, enters his 50th year as a member and supporter of the Duke Tennis program. Court number three in Ambler Tennis Stadium was named after Dr. Bonk during the ceremony, where 'Bonk Court' was unveiled on the scoreboard overlooking the playing surface.
"Today was a special day for Duke men's tennis," said head coach Ramsey Smith. "It was awesome having so many former players back on campus celebrating Duke Tennis. Dr. Bonk and Coach Labar have impacted so many players who have come through this program, and it was fitting to honor them today. We are lucky to have an incredible network of Duke tennis alumni who are passionate about the program."
Another special dedication was made to former Duke coach John Lebar. The tennis lounge was named the Lebar Lounge, and the Lebar Scholarship was founded for future tennis players. Five of Lebar's former players spoke and shared their thoughts on how Coach Lebar impacted their lives.
The group shared breakfast in the morning under the Duke tennis tent set up in Krzyzewskiville. Shortly after, all nine current and 25 former players mixed together for eight sets of doubles matches. The alumni represented themselves well, playing at a high level for the duration of the competitions.
After Bonk Court was unveiled, 25 alumni competed in the Alumni One-Point tournament on Bonk Court. Mike Smith '85 defeated Mark Meyers '75 in the final, winning two Duke basketball tickets to a game of his choice for the 2011-12 season.
Following a short lunch break, Approximately 100 guests attended the day's festivities, which concluded with a Duke tennis tailgate prior to the Duke football team's homecoming game against Tulane.