NORTH SALT LAKE – The fifth annual Ardene Bullard OF LOVE tennis tournament will conclude Saturday, Aug. 9 with an exhibition tennis match between professional tennis players Robby Ginepri and Rajeev Ram.
The tournament had to be moved, however, due to a mudslide that happened Tuesday morning near the tennis courts.
The courts were deemed unplayable, and the relocation of the remainder of the tournament is set to be at the Eccles Tennis Courts on the campus of the University of Utah.
The courts are located at 550 S. Guardsman Way, Salt Lake City.
“The tournament will continue as planned,” said Hal Christensen. “We’re doing everything we can to keep the tournament going smoothly.”
The tournament was held at Eagleridge Tennis and Swim Club until the mudslide forced the evacuation of residents in the surrounding area. The tennis courts were damaged in the slide, leading to the relocation.
The tournament will finish Friday with champions being crowned for men, women and junior tennis players at the Tennis Courts.
The OF LOVE tournament is a fundraising affair that benefits the Utah Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, which helps with Type 1 diabetes research.
All of the proceeds from the event will benefit Utah JDRF.
“This tournament celebrates the dedicated search for a T1D cure and will help millions of people,” said board president for Utah JDRF Carol Hatch in a press release sent to the Clipper. “We are honored and excited to be working toward such a worthy cause.”
The tournament is named after Ardene Bullard, who died in 2009 and was a firm advocate for JDRF and its research after her granddaughter was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes.
The tournament began in 2010 and has given Utah JDRF approximately $40,000 annually from the tournament.
For more information about the tournament visit oflovetournament.com.