Retiring tournament referee David Markin and Timon Corwin, who is directing his final Kalamazoo Nationals tournament this year as he makes his transition to the USTA as Senior Director of Junior and Collegiate Competition, were honored this afternoon in a ceremony at Stowe Stadium.
Markin, who has been involved in the tournament for 42 years, 32 as referee, and Corwin, who for 14 years was tournament director and Kalamazoo College's men's tennis coach, were present for the unveiling of their likenesses at the base of "The Winner", the Kirk Newman sculpture of a tennis player that graces the grounds of Stowe Stadium.
After receiving keys to the city from vice-mayor Bobby Hopewell, both eloquently and humorously expressed their goals for the tournament and what their association with it has contributed to their lives and careers.
If you are coming to Kalamazoo next week, please take a moment at registration, or when checking in for your match, to stop and thank them for all they have done to make Kalamazoo the best junior tennis tournament in the world.
Friday, July 27, 2007