For more than 10 years now the Palisades Tennis Center has served as our beloved local tennis facility and has made Pacific Palisades one of the world’s foremost tennis communities, serving as a breeding ground for many of the top junior players in the country.

Last Sunday, however, it was the pros who took center stage for the inaugural Shotgun 21 World Championships, a unique drop-hit format pitting men against women in a unisex tournament orchestrated by PTC founder Steve Bellamy.

“Every year we want to do something special for the community that says thanks for supporting the tennis center,” Bellamy said.

Jill Craybas, ranked No. 50 on the WTA Tour as recently as May, advanced the furthest among the women, falling to Querrey in the quarterfinals.

A qualifying draw was held earlier in the afternoon and there were three celebrities who received wildcards into the main draw. All other players were either ATP or WTA players. Craybas beat actress Melissa Rivers in the first round while Querrey eliminated “Bush” lead singer Gavin Rossdale in the round of 16.

“The fact that I actually won a few points is a miracle to me,” said Rivers, a 10-year Palisades resident who plays in the PTC’s 3.5 workouts two or three times a week. “Just being on the same court with a pro like Jill was a blast.”
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