The first annual Marcia Weinacker Invitational high school tennis tournament honored an Alabama woman who was a standout in the sport.
Marcia Weinacker is now in the later stages of Alzheimer’s disease, according to her son, Jimmy Weinacker, tournament director. During her playing days, she was ranked No. 1 in every Alabama age division from 35-75 and has been inducted into the Alabama and Mobile Tennis Hall of Fames, he said.
Marcia Weinacker also taught all nine of her children to play tennis, has a son in the Alabama Tennis Hall of Fame and has a grandson who was an All-American tennis player at North Carolina State University, her son said.
Jimmy Weinacker said another purpose for the tournament, held at Birmingham-Southern College March 7-8, was to “have the top tennis teams, both boys and girls, in the state, regardless of classification, play each other.”
High school boys’ teams playing in the event were Mountain Brook, UMS-Wright, Montgomery Academy and Huntsville High.
High school girls’ teams in the tournament were Mountain Brook, Briarwood Christian, Montgomery Academy and Huntsville High.
Mountain Brook High School’s teams won both the boys’ and girls’ titles. Susan Farlow coaches both teams.