2022 Frank Simmons Tennis Classic (aka “The First”)

The Bruthas had the honor of spending New Year’s Day at the Frank Simmons Tennis Classic at Harvard Park in Los Angeles, California. This tournament, simply known by many as “The First” due to it occurring on the first day of the calendar year, has become a standard in the Los Angeles community. Part tribute to the man that started this tournament 49 years ago, this one day event provides the community an opportunity to reconnect, recharge and refuel through competition and fellowship. The Pete Brown Jr. Tennis Program, who also use Harvard Park as one of their home locations, has been instrumental in supporting this event and continuing Mr. Simmons’ legacy.

This video by way of interviews gives you a glimpse of what this event is and what it means to its participants. We interviewed everyone from Delores Simmons, wife of Frank who continues to keep his dream alive to the winners of the individual tournament divisions. Not to be missed is the interview with tennis legend Maurice Hunter – true tennis history!

So sit back, take a break and immerse yourself into the world of “The First.”