CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The family name of one of the participants in the tournament might be familiar, especially to area baseball fans.
Lisa Kolb Hughes is a regular on the Charleston tennis scene and is playing in her eighth Public Courts tournament.
Her father is Gary Kolb, former baseball player for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Charleston Charlies.
It took a lot of twists and turns for Lisa to end up in Charleston.
"I was born in Tulsa," she said. "He had just started with the Cardinals organization and was there playing AAA ball in 1962."
Kolb played parts of three seasons for the Cardinals, two seasons for the Milwaukee Braves, and one with the Mets before playing his final two seasons in Pittsburgh.
"He came back here in 1970 as a player-coach for the Charlies," Lisa said. "We liked the area so we just stayed."
He needed a couple of more years of service for his pension, which he ended up getting.
Kolb stayed involved in baseball by coaching Babe Ruth ball in the 1970's. One of his squads won the state championship with former Nitro baseball and University of Charleston tennis player Don Doss as one of the pitchers.
Kolb just turned 73 in March and still lives in Cross Lanes.
Lisa's sons, Matt and Jordan, never really followed in their grandfather's shoes.
"They played one year and then soccer took over," she said. Matt later played tennis at Capital High and UC and has played in Public Courts several times.
Among other memories Lisa recalled Hank Aaron spending a couple of days at her father's place years ago.
"It was an interesting life," she said. "A lot of good memories."
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One player sorely missed at this year's event is Albert "AB" Bailes.
Bailes played in his first Public Courts at age 55 back in 1988. He George Davis defeated Gene Monk and Jim Fulks to win the 55 and over doubles title.
He went on to play in the tournament every year. Bailes won several more championships including the 80 and over doubles crown last year when he and Ike Smith teamed to beat Clarence Woody and Jack Neal 6-1, 6-3.
A former air traffic controller and member of the U.S. Air Force, Bailes worked at several area tennis facilities after retired including the Tennis Indoor Center in Kanawha City the last few years.
Bailes passed away April 29 at age 80.
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Kim and Rory Isaac ran the Charleston Public Courts Tennis Tournament from 2004 through 2009.
After a three-year hiatus they were back at the helm this weekend.