Garden City Cup returns May 23

On Thursday, May 23, Newton South High School will host the Garden City Cup, an annual exhibition match involving all the tennis teams at Newton North and Newton South.

This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the competition, which is made possible through collaboration between the high schools’ athletics departments, the city’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Department and the Friends of Newton Tennis.

The Garden City Cup is played in honor of Linda Zuker, former assistant tennis coach at Newton South, who passed away in 2000.

The Linda F. Zuker Memorial Youth Foundation supports youth athletics in the region and helps fund Tenacity, an organization that promotes tennis in the inner city.

“This tradition does more than bring the high schools together in a friendly competition. It also keeps alive the memory of our beloved friend and former coach, Linda Zuker,” Bob Jampol of the Friends of Newton Tennis said.

The competition’s format will be mixed doubles matches on both the junior varsity and varsity level. The program starts at 4 p.m. with boys and girls JV. Varsity boys and girls will play afterward.

About 80 players in total will compete. If it rains, the Cup wil, be postponed until May 24.