Saturday, November 9th, 2019

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Refuse To Lose – The Story Behind the Event

The idea for our tennis charity event was due to the inspiration of Marshall Sample and his battle with cancer.  Marshall is an avid tennis player who has competed in USTA League tennis for many years at both 4.5 and 5.0 levels.  Marshall had his first seizure at the age of 34 and was diagnosed with brain cancer in January of 2008.

A biopsy revealed a grade-2 tumor and he was given, at best, five years to live.   Neurosurgeons in the area informed him that due to the location of the tumor surgery would affect his mobility and speech.   After 4 years of MRI’s and countless doctor visits, his oncologist put him in touch with a world-renowned neurosurgeon at the University of California, San Francisco.

In February of 2012 surgery removed 99.9% of a grade-3 tumor. Marshall was then placed on six rounds of chemo to clear out any remaining cancer cells. Marshall competed the entire time for a Men’s 4.5 USTA Team captained by David English.  Due to Marshall’s tenacity and a misspelled word in English’s emails, the team adopted the motto “Refuse to Loose”.

After winning the USTA Louisville local league and Kentucky District Championships, Team “Refuse to Loose” advanced to the Southern Section Championships in Mobile, AL. Winning half of their matches in 3 set tiebreakers, the team won the Southern Sectional over Tennessee and advanced to the National Championships in Tucson, AZ where they finished in 5th place.

This year will mark our 7th annual event for cancer research.  100% of the event proceeds will be donated to Twisted Pink, a local non-profit organization with a mission to extend lives and improve quality of life for late stage breast cancer patients and their families by funding metastatic (stage IV) breast cancer research.

Marshall Sample kicking off the inaugural RTL Tennis Championships in 2013

The RTL Tennis Championships are proud to partner with and support Twisted Pink for the 3rd consecutive year.



4:00PM Doors Open / Pro-Am Warm-Ups
4:30PM Pro/Am Tournament Play
5:45 – 7:00PM Dinner / Silent Auction
7:00PM – 7:30PM Live Auction
7:30PM – 9:30PM Invitational Tournament – Round Robin Play
9:30PM – 10:00PM Invitational Tournament – Semi-Finals
10:00PM Silent Auction Tables Close
10:00PM – 10:30PM Invitational Tournament – Finals

Individual tickets are $50.00

Reserve your tickets today!

To purchase individual tickets, CLICK HERE or contact Caroline Johnson, Twisted Pink at (502) 727-1136 or


Make sure you mark the date in your calendar!

November 9th, 2019


The Tennis Club at Springhurst
4109 Simcoe Lane
Louisville, KY 40241


A special thanks to the River City Raquet League tennis teams for their contribution to our Silent Auction as well as the many local area business that have made donations to our auction.  Mobile bidding will open at 4:30 PM and end at 10:00 PM the evening of the event.


2019 will be our 7th year for the RTL Tennis Championships! This year, attendees have the opportunity to play with 1 of 16 local teaching professionals.  Ticketed guests can bid on their favorite local professional prior to the event and the winner will receive playing rights!  The evening will begin with round robin competition between Pro/Am teams.  The dinner will be a “tasting” between a dozen different local restaurants.  Come ready to have fun and raise money for a good cause! Please wear casual attire!

    • Tickets are $50.00 each


This is YOUR opportunity to “purchase” a team for the Invitational tennis tournament to begin at 8 PM.  8 teams comprising your favorite local tennis pros and some of the top talent in the area will compete.  YOU can win prizes if you “own” the team.  The Live Auction will occur at the event and you must be present to win.   There will be GREAT prizes which you choose based on how your team finishes in the tournament.   Fabulous trips, experiences, restaurants, and some really cool stuff!!

Watch the recap of the 2017 RTL Championships

All proceeds from the event go towards metatstatic (stage IV) breast cancer research and support of patients and their families.

Tournament Details

Our Invitational Tennis Tournament will take place Saturday, November 9th from 5:00pm-Midnight at The Tennis Club at Springhurst.

The area’s best tennis players and local pros will compete for prize money AND the opportunity to win their “owners” a fabulous prize.

Tournament Format is a flighted round robin: 4 teams in 2 flights with the top finishers advancing to the semifinals. Each round robin match and quarterfinals is the first team to 4 games with AD+ scoring. A 12-point tiebreaker (first to 7 by 2) is played at 3-3. Semi-finals and finals are one set matches.

Past Results


Champion Eric Quigley / Stephen Pobst
Finalist Jeremy Clark / Mason Johnson
Third Place Alex Gornet / Brandon Stacey
Fourth Place Tyler Owens / Hunter Gerlach


Champion Eric Quigley / Hunter Gerlach
Finalist Brian Stonestreet / Darius Moslemi
Third Place Mel Purcell / Jakob Gustafson
Fourth Place Mason Johnson / Sean Donohue


Champion Michael Cunnigham / Patrick Gaughan
Finalist Matt Mathes / Albert Wagner
Third Place Grant Roberts / Kevin McAdams
Fourth Place Tim Bradshaw / Max Lile


Champion Robyn White / Parker Gregory
Finalist Robert Stedman / Patrick Gaughan
Third Place Patrick Weant / Mason Johnson
Fourth Place Nathan Matthews / Kevin Ball


Champion Robert Stedman / Patrick Gaughan
Finalist Michael Cunningham / Kevin Ball
Third Place Hunter Gerlach / Matt Mathes
Fourth Place Matt Emory / Greg Adelson


Champion Tyler Cook / Josh Surowski
Finalist Matt Allinder / Matt Mathes
Third Place Tim Bradshaw / Ankur Gopal
Fourth Place Artie Peller / Greg Adelson


Thank You to Our 2019 Sponsors!

All of us at RTL and Twisted Pink would like to sincerely thank you for supporting our event and our cause. We couldn’t do it without your help!