HONOLULU (KHON2) – The two-day Battle of the Pacific tennis competition continued Memorial Day, Monday, May 30 at the Kailua Racquet Club on Oahu.
The competition had Team Hawaii versus Team California. The winner is Team Hawaii with a final score of 99-60.
NCAA college tennis players, as well retired professional players were amongst the participants.
Last year’s winner UH tennis champion Andre Ilagan returned in 2022 to successfully defend his title in the singles tournament. Organizers said this year’s victory means Ilagan beat players who are ranked in the top ten in the nation.
This year’s event included men’s doubles, mixed doubles, and a father-son tournament on Sunday. The singles tournament was on Monday.
Thousands of dollars raised from the weekend competition went to the the nonprofit Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services so children can learn tennis. KKV has had tennis for more than 30 years under the direction of instructors Vailima and Jerry Watson. The KKV website said the couple started the tennis program in 1990 at Kalihi Valley Homes.
The Rothbard Challenge is one of the final events of the weekend. The winner of the singles tournament plays one set with co-organizer Todd Rothbard. If the singles champion wins, KKV gets $500. If Rothbard wins, KKV gets $1,000 from an anonymous donor. Rothbard beat Ilagan 6-2 thus garnering $1,000 for KKV.
Last year the two-day Memorial Day weekend event was held at the Alohilani Resort in Waikiki. The Hawaii team also won in 2021.