George Anich Senior Cup

Tournament History.

With a heart full of dedication and a love for the game, George Anich brought this tournament to life. His vision united senior tennis enthusiasts, fostering a community that thrives on the spirit of competition, friendship, and passion for the game.

George Anich Senior Cup

Tournament History.

With a heart full of dedication and a love for the game, George Anich brought this tournament to life. His vision united senior tennis enthusiasts, fostering a community that thrives on the spirit of competition, friendship, and passion for the game.

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A Letter from George

“Tennis has always been a passion of mine.

In 1994 I played my first tournament in the Palm Springs area. My partner and I had an extremely successful event, which led me to my next adventure, the BNP Paribas Open Senior Cup.

A Letter from George

“Tennis has always been a passion of mine.

In 1994 I played my first tournament in the Palm Springs area. My partner and I had an extremely successful event, which led me to my next adventure, the BNP Paribas Open Senior Cup.

I had just retired from Wisconsin, and playing tennis was where I’ve always felt the happiest. I took a gamble, put a proposal together, and presented it to the City of Palm Desert. Mayor Roy Wilson wrote back to me, “On behalf of the Council, staff, and residents of the City of Palm Desert, it is a pleasure to welcome you as you participate in and enjoy the inaugural Palm Desert Senior Cup.” With the beautiful desert weather, an abundant amount of tennis courts, and a willing City Government to sponsor events, I was proud to call the Coachella Valley my home.

In 1995, the Palm Desert mayor, Buford Crites, sent me a letter saying, “It is my distinct pleasure to welcome you to Palm Desert. Tennis has brought you here, but we know you’ll find a myriad of other diversions to pique your interest and bring you back for another visit. On behalf of the entire Palm Desert City Council, may I extend our best wishes for a successful tournament.” In 2011, the Palm Desert Senior Cup became the BNP Paribas Open Senior Cup, being held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Unexpectedly, in 2013, I was diagnosed with colon cancer which left me to focus more on my health and my family. In 2019, I decided that 2020 would be my last year as Tournament Director. It is my plan to move back to my home state of Wisconsin to continue my passion for photography by editing the countless photos that I’ve taken throughout all the Senior Cup tournaments.

Thank you to all the inspiring people whom I have had the opportunity to work with over the past twenty-five plus years. I thank you for your support, hard work, and dedication. The times shared, friendships forged, and the incredible tennis I’ve watched over the years will stay with me forever. Growing the Senior Cup into what it is today has been an extraordinary part of my life – my passion. I am very proud of what we as a team have achieved.

Thank you to all the inspiring people whom I have had the opportunity to work with over the past twenty-five plus years. I thank you for your support, hard work, and dedication. The times shared, friendships forged, and the incredible tennis I’ve watched over the years will stay with me forever.

Growing the Senior Cup into what it is today has been an extraordinary part of my life – my passion. I am very proud of what we as a team have achieved.”

Growing the Senior Cup into what it is today has been an extraordinary part of my life – my passion. I am very proud of what we as a team have achieved.”

2024 Senior Cup.

Get ready to be a part of the legacy! Here are some helpful links to help you participate in this year’s tournament.