DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke men’s and women’s tennis programs hosted the 12th annual Royal Blue Club Pro Am over the weekend, with members of the Royal Blue Club getting the opportunity to square off against Blue Devil players.
In total, 36 of the Royal Blue Club members, the biggest fans and supporters of Blue Devil tennis, participated in the event Sunday, November 19, at the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center.
“Our Royal Blue Pro-Am is one of the highlights of our fall," men's tennis head coach Ramsey Smith said. "We had a blast yesterday on the courts at Sheffield. It's hard to believe we are in our 12th straight year. It has been neat to watch the event continue and grow. It’s a special opportunity for our men’s and women’s teams get on court and connect with our biggest supporters and fans from the local community. I want to give a special thank you to Larry Herst, president of the Royal Blue Club, for spearheading this event and for everything he has invested in Duke Tennis.”
The Royal Blue Club is a fan club for the men’s and women’s tennis programs. Benefits of joining include food and beverages at home matches, match day promotions, discounted priority court time at the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center, participation in the season finale Team Pro Am and the Duke Tennis cookout, a free Duke Tennis t-shirt and Duke Tennis wrist bands.
"The royal blue pro-am is always one of our favorite events of the year," women's tennis head coach Jamie Ashworth said. "Not only do we get a chance to hit some balls with some of our best supporters, but our players also get a chance to build relationships with some truly great people and professionals in the Duke community. Our Royal Blue Club fans are some of the best in the nation and have helped us build a tremendous home court advantage over the years. We cannot thank them enough for their support. We are looking forward to having them front and center when we begin play in January."
Both the men’s and women’s squads begin their spring seasons in January.