FRIENDSWOOD — So, it began — 48 consecutive hours of tennis at Friendswood High School.
Members of the Mustangs tennis team, rotating in 4-hour shifts, will be on the school’s courts until 4 p.m. Sunday taking on any member of the community who would like to challenge them in order to help raise funds for equipment, uniforms and traveling expenses. The tennis marathon began 4 p.m. Friday.
“A couple of my friends that are coming out to play have never played tennis before in their lives, so it should be funny to watch them play,” junior tennis player Matthew McCabe said.
McCabe participated the last time the event was held two years ago and said the most enjoyable part was having people turn out to support him and the team — whether patrons were playing against him or just there to show support.
McCabe said he hasn’t had the chance to experience any of the late-night and early morning graveyard shifts on the court, but he understands the appeal of that aspect of the marathon.
“I feel like it would be fun,” he said. “You can stay up late and play tennis at a time you’ve never played tennis before.”
Event coordinator Karin Massicott, whose daughter Morgan plays on the varsity team, inherited the responsibility for overseeing and organizing the two-day, nonstop event after being recruited by Friendswood head tennis coach David Cook.
“He saw the word ‘sucker’ written across my face,” Massicott joked. “He just asked me, and I said, ‘sure.’ Of course, I had no idea what I was getting into.”
Whether its friends, relatives or well-wishers wanting to play against the Mustangs or just those wanting to show their support, are all encouraged to come to the courts.
In addition to tennis, the event features a silent auction with big-ticket items like a private jet package or more reasonably priced ones like gift certificates to local restaurants. Snacks and drinks also will be sold.
Another attraction at the event is a the Bay Area Racquet Club free clinic for kids and adults from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. today.
Event sponsorships are another source of funds for the team’s fundraiser.
“In Friendswood, everyone is just so willing to help,” Massicott said. “We just know we’re going to have a really good time.”
According to Cook, the tennis marathon typically generates about $13,000 for the team.