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USTA Welcome Back to Tennis event at Betmar Tennis Club

January 20, 2006 03:13 PM

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The Betmar Tennis Club in Zephyrhills, FL, held a USTA Welcome Back to Tennis event for new and returning tennis players on Jan. 7.  The grand opening of two new, first-ever tennis courts built near the clubhouse was also celebrated.  Despite the chilly Saturday weather, the turnout was encouraging – more than 100 Betmar residents took part in the festivities!

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Art Schultz directed the program while USTA Florida Community Coordinators Jeff Davis and Matt Graham conducted on-court activities, focusing on a fun, social, interactive version of tennis.  More than half the attendees participated!  New tennis players were able to learn the basics of the game and challenge themselves, learning drills and hitting balls.

The grand opening celebration was free for all residents of the Betmar community (55 community); tennis racquets were given away as prizes and t-shirts and refreshments were supplied for free.  Anyone who joined the new tennis club received a brand new racquet!

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Betmar resident and participant Brenda Lee had a great time running around hitting balls on the courts.

“I never realized that anyone with average athletic ability could play tennis this quickly without a lot of running and sweating!” Brenda said.

The Betmar Tennis Club is certainly the place to be; “learn to play doubles” classes are now offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays!

Event director Art Schultz was very pleased with the turnout, and he looks forward to more and more residents utilizing these new courts.

“By far, the best part of this event was how more than 100 people realized that tennis can be played and enjoyed by seniors with limited mobility, slower reflexes, and age-related problems,” Art said.  “Low compression balls, small court tennis, and new larger, lighter racquets really were eye-openers for people who had been away from tennis for some time!”



In partnership with the ICAA (International Council on Active Aging,) the USTA has developed the Welcome Back to Tennis program.  The purpose of the Welcome Back to Tennis™ party and programs for players age 50 is to encourage people to make a commitment to a healthier lifestyle by providing them with an exciting social tennis event and offering them opportunities to join a specifically designed continuing tennis program.  The target audience is people, ages 50 to 70, who used to play tennis but stopped playing or who would like to get started.  These events are not intended for individuals who are currently involved in a local tennis program or league.

Learn more! USTA Welcome Back to Tennis

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