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.
2019 SCHEDULE & LOCATION
|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!
Location:The Tennis Club at Springhurst
4109 Simcoe Lane
Louisville, KY 40241
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
INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT & LIVE AUCTION
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
|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|
COUNTDOWN TO RTL 2019