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First Florida High Performance QuickStart Tennis Workshop

June 6, 2008 05:45 PM

The first High Performance QuickStart Tennis Workshop in Florida took place at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers on Thursday, May 15 from noon - 4:00 p.m.  Anne Pankhurst, Manager, Coaching Education USTA Player Development delivered the workshop to 43 United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) teaching professionals.  The workshop was instrumental in creating professional relationships with teaching pros throughout Florida in hopes of getting them to teach QuickStart Tennis, the new way to play tennis for children 10 and under, to kids under their instruction.

Susie Bessire, USTA Florida Community Coordinator, worked with USPTA Divisional Presidents, Jared Kalpin, Ron St. Johns and Bruce Monhollen to promote the High Performance QuickStart Tennis training and recruit teaching professionals to take part in the one day event. 

The partnership displayed by USTA Florida, USPTA and the PTR left Dave Richardson, USPTA president, and Bessire extremely proud and pleased with the response that Region 7 (Charlotte, Lee, Collier, Glades and Hendry counties) local teaching professionals demonstrated. 

“These pros took four hours out of their hectic on-court schedules to learn about QuickStart Tennis out on the courts and in the Florida Gulf Coast gymnasium,” Bessire said.  “They were instantly engaged and eager to learn about setting up the courts and all of the dynamics of the new 10 and under format of play.”

Feedback from the event has been exceptional and extremely positive from the local pros in Region 7.  From their hands on experience in setting up the short court themselves to walking away with QuickStart Tennis High Performance practice and play plans, pros should be well on their way to incorporate the format of play into their summer camps and league programs throughout the region for years to come.  

“I felt like all of the pros would have gladly stayed for an additional hour of training because they were having so much fun and were really engaged and excited to learn everything they could about the QuickStart format of play,” Richardson said. 











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