BURBANK — What was supposed to be a showcase of tennis products and services mixed in with a little instruction proved to be much more at Saturday's Cecil Mamiit demonstration day at the Burbank Tennis Center.
The formerly-ranked tennis pro and current South Pasadena resident didn't hesitate in getting hands-on with participants in games and drills and even extended to a few clinic-goers the opportunity to challenge him in doubles play, while offering advice and taking photos well past his 10 a.m.-1 p.m. time slot.
"I grew up in Los Angeles and am a part of this community," said Mamiit, who won the defunct Burbank Challenger Tournament held at the tennis center in 1996 and 2000. "I've had some success in my life and my professional career and want to share some of my experiences with the community."
Mamiit's appearance was part of an arrangement between the Tennis Mechanix Pro Shop, located at the tennis center and run by Mamiit's college buddy Joel Dacay, and by HEAD Penn Racquet Sports, which displayed several of its racquet models for sale.