We woke up to a lot of rain on Saturday which postponed our Rogers Rookie Tournament. It is to be played this coming Wednesday September 10th for ages 6 -10 years from 6:30 -7:45 pm and this Saturday September 13th for ages 11 and up from 11:00-12:30pm.
Another team tennis event goes Saturday September 13th from 9:30 until about 12:30 or 1pm for all ages. Both events are a lot of fun and we can't wait to see you on the courts.
A reminder that we do have Tennis Wednesday and Thursday evenings until September 25th but we do finish earlier due to earlier sunsets.
Setting up cones on the courts with hidden beads under them created a lot of excitement for the kids. Their eyes lit up when they found out they could keep the beads. What fun the kids had hitting cross court and down the line shots, close to the cones to find the hidden beads. If the kids missed a shot they removed a cone until the one with the bead was left. Once they found the cone with the bead they gave their bead to their opponent and told them what they did good during the rally. I was super impressed at how the kids were telling their opponents that they had a good rally because they hit the ball deep or kept the ball in play. The night felt like a huge party with kids bouncing around hitting all kinds of shots with beads hanging around their necks. They had really stepped up their tennis by having a lot of fun! Mardi Gras is sure to have a lasting impression on the kids and will be back many times throughout the season. For me it really was a special night that I will have very fond memories of. I am so proud of the kids and love the excitement and joy they bring everyday they come to the courts.
I have just returned from the US Open and a USTA Teachers conference where I had the tremendous privilege of learning all kinds of new techniques for teaching tennis from experts from all over the World including Spain and Australia.
It was an exciting 4 days which was topped off with a trip to the US Open. An inspirational time in New York City that has provided me with so many tools to add to our terrific program. I look so forward to adding more fun to the lessons and continuing to see the difference tennis has made in the lives of our kids. It has been a sincere pleasure teaching the kids each week, watching them improve and also working with such a positive dynamic and inspirational team of volunteers who help make this all happen. I can't wait to get back on court!