"Mega-congrats on yet another winning edition of your wonderful Blue Gray College Tournament! It is a jewel of an event and you should be very, very proud of it. It is great for college tennis and the kids and it is great for your city of Montgomery and the whole State of Alabama.
Everyone I talk to, from the players to the coaches to the sponsors to your staff to the volunteers who provide housing to the fans who come, are all very proud of the tournament and they truly love it. It brings people together from all over the country and all over your state in the spirit of competition and fun and camaraderie. It represents the very best of the human spirit.
Thanks for having me once again come in and play a small role. I had a blast and thanks for your warm hospitality. I talk about you and the event everywhere I go."
Wayne Bryan, father of the Bryan brothers
"I just wanted to take this chance to genuinely THANK YOU for all of the countless hours and hard work you invested to ensure the Blue Gray Classic was a huge success. I was impressed with the event to say the least. Everything from the genuine Southern hospitality, to the incredible housing, to the organization, to the wonderful banquet, to the great turnout of fans was absolutely fantastic! We truly appreciate being included and had a memorable experience. The housing was unbelievable and I feel that we have family in Montgomery now. Event’s like this are what college tennis is all about and the players will always remember the hospitality and support they experienced in Montgomery."
Jenny Mainz, Alabama
"I want to let you know that The Texas Tech Tennis Team will play in The Blue Gray as long as you will have us. The last five years have been very special to the team and me.
I can't tell you how much we appreciate what EVERYONE did for us while we were in Montgomery. Every volunteer did a fantastic job, and did it with a smile on their face.
We have been so lucky to have three wonderful families that have done so much for us. We keep in touch during the year, and we even had Bob and Sandy come to Lubbock to watch the OU-Tech game last year.
Our team has played well in Montgomery, not just because we have had good teams, but because we are treated so well and the atmosphere is fantastic.
2010 will always be special to us because of our victory, but this has been the best week of the season every year."
Tim Siegel, Texas Tech
"I have never in my life met better people than the hosts at the Blue Gray. Just imagine four families who know nothing about you and make sure that you have everything you could possibly need and basically become part of the family for a week.
This was more than just a tennis tournament. It was a time to remember how good people really are, because I feel at times that is forgotten!"
Jason Zafiros, Arizona Wildcats
"The Blue Gray has been my favorite collegiate event since we first were invited 21 years ago. The host families, interaction with fans, enthusiasm of all involved, media attention, and player/coach gifts put it over the top when compared to any other event. When former players check back with me the first question they ask is “How did we do in the Blue Gray this year?""
Bobby Bayliss, Notre Dame
"The Blue Gray is by far my favorite tournament. The hospitality and social aspect away from the courts is amazing and you guys run it so well."
John Patrick Smith, Tennessee
"The Blue Gray tournament was an amazing experience for our team. Everyone involved makes you feel special and our so committed to each team and player having a first class experience. The host families for our team were so welcoming, generous and enthusiastic that I think our team has made some friends for life. We look forward to being in the event again in the future."
Mark Ardizzone, DePaul
I can't thank you enough for all the work you put into the Blue Gray to make it the premier college tennis tournament in the country. It was my first trip ever to Montgomery and was wowed by the hospitality, camaraderie, and professionalism. From the Banquet to the final matches, you sure do put on a great show. They should think about planning the NCAA Championships in Montgomery! Our team just loved their time down South.
Andrew Rueb, Harvard
"Very few events get me as excited as the annual Blue Gray Tennis Classic. It is truly a jewel of a tournament and the city of Montgomery is blessed in many ways by this premiere sporting spectacular. It's such a thrill to get to see so many top-rate tennis players--up close and in action... I typically arrive early and leave late. What an absolutely fantastic event for the city of Montgomery and especially the local tennis community."
Dean Dambach, tennis fan
"I was at the tournament ten years ago and I really feel it gets better each time. The families that took care of us were just unbelievable. We already consider them family, and we felt that we have known them for years. Many thanks to the Harris, Chapman, and Britton family...they are the best. The tournament was well run and very organized from volunteers, umpires to organizers. My players will have many great memories of this tournament."
Don Barr, South Florida
"I wanted to let you know how special our trip was to Montgomery, our team continues to feel the Blue Gray is the most fun and rewarding trip of the year. It is so rewarding because the people whom house our players are so kind and generous to us each and every year. We have been privileged to be a part of their extended family and have been treated as family in every way possible."
Peter Daub, William & Mary
"The Blue Gray is a fantastic event. It gets unbelievable community support and the crowds that come out are tremendous. This is absolutely one of the experiences I recommend for every college athlete. It is without a doubt one of college tennis's premier events."
Sam Winterbotham, Tennessee
Thank you for all your efforts for the Blue Gray tournament. My son, Matt, plays for Tennessee. He particularly enjoyed staying with his host family. The banquet was also appreciated. Thank you for the memories your tournament has provided my son."
Nanette Davis, mother of Matt Brewer, Tennessee
"The tournament is one of the finest collegiate events in the nation and we are so honored to be able to play in it. As you know, the ramifications of your tournament are immense in regards to the NCAA Championships. The housing is like family to us."
Greg Patton, Boise State
"We wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the tournament. Quite frankly, we hesitated about coming to Montgomery for a third year in a row. Thank goodness we decided not to miss our son's junior year at the Blue Gray! It was like reuniting with old friends when we walked into the venue."
Matt & Emily Buikema, Battle Creek, Michigan
"On behalf of the Pepperdine Women’s Tennis Team we want to thank you for inviting us to the Blue Gray. The girls had a fabulous time and made strong bonds with their housing. The tournament was fantastic and we loved the atmosphere with both the men and women playing."
Scott Doerner, Pepperdine
"I can’t thank you enough for coordinating everything for our kids! They had a blast, and are already talking about next year!"
Brody McCoy, USPTA Tennis Pro
"Thank you very much for having Cornell Tennis as part of Blue Gray. Fantastic organization as always. It doesn't get any better!"
Silviu Tanasoiu, Cornell
"Thank you for a wonderful experience and all you do to make this event continue as THE BEST tournament in the country. Our players have literally never been a part of an event like this. This helped our program take a step forward in understanding what college tennis is all about."
Beck Roghaar, Boise State