Facility Spotlight: Malibu Racquet Club

Malibu Racquet Club General Manager Trey Waltke is hoping to build on the success of the recent ITA Oracle Masters event and looking to bring more events like it to his facility.

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“That was our first foray into college tennis and hopefully we will host more events like it in years to come,” said Waltke, a professional touring pro during the 1970s and early 1980s. “I’m a huge supporter of college tennis. I think college tennis is underrated and that the public needs to watch these kids play. It’s like watching college basketball. There’s just really good energy and excitement for it. And it needs to be shown more often.”

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The Masters finals were televised on Tennis Channel, giving the Larry Ellison-owned club a good pop in the public relations department. Waltke said Oracle CEO Mark Hurd, a former college tennis player, was on hand and a Pro-Am took place during the event with about 40 Oracle customers and included participation by legends Tommy Haas, Tracy Austin and Lindsay Davenport.

Each July for the past few years, the club has played host to Vika Azarenka’s charity fundraiser, which Waltke said he would like to see possibly moved to the start of March when more big names can attend. In 2014, Serena Williams took part in the event.

“We’re going to have more events like that, and hopefully a Challenger or two,” Waltke said. “I want people to show up at the club. Malibu is a small community and there are not a ton of people to draw from. But hopefully with the new and expanded facility we’ll be able to get some more events and some more members.”

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Expansion plans call for four new courts to be built in 2016 on club-owned land adjacent to the current property. Currently the club has eight courts.

The Malibu Racquet Club has always had a strong teaching pro staff, which currently includes pros John McCampbell, Craig Cignarelli, Doug Olen, Lester Cook, Tina Hojnik and Danny Woodard.

Waltke has been a longtime hitting partner with Ellison, and still hits with him once or twice a week on his private clay court in Malibu. Waltke said it’s always fun to hear about the latest news on Ellison’s Indian Wells Tennis Garden and his plans to continue making the BNP Paribas Open one of the biggest tournaments of the year.

“He has quite a vision for Indian Wells and he wants it to be the best tournament in the world,” Waltke said. “And he’s heading in that direction.”

The Rundown:
No. of Courts: Eight courts (all lighted). Four more planned to be built in 2016.
Website: http://maliburacquetclub.com.
Phone: (310) 456-3313
Address: 23847 Stuart Ranch Rd., Malibu 90265

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