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Column: Tennis events to look for in '08

This column is to print out and save for the year. The tennis events and outlets included here are to savor. Have fun and hope to see you on the courts in some capacity all year long.Roughrider Tennis Center/Yavapai College's monthly one-day theme tournament schedule @ RRTC(Please note that all six courts could be used on these dates and times. And remember that all doubles events are by ability, not gender) Cost: $15 per person.Call 445-1331 to enter. Deadlines are the Friday before the tourney date.1. Sunday, Jan. 27: "New Year A-B-C Doubles," Noon-4 p.m.2. Saturday, Feb. 23: "Presidents Day-Luck of the Draw Doubles," Noon-4 p.m.(Sign up individually and you will be placed with a partner within your ability level.)3. Sunday, March 9: "Spring Fling Mixed A-B-& C Doubles," Noon-4 p.m.4. Saturday, April 19: "Legends 13th Annual Wood Racquet Dlbs. Tourney," Noon-4 p.m.5. Saturday, May 3: "Men's Singles Tournament," Noon-5 p.m.6. Sunday, May 4: "Women's Singles Tournament," Noon-4 p.m.7. Saturday, June 14: "Summer Breeze A-B-C Doubles Fun," 3-7 p.m.(Potluck ... everyone brings a plate to share. I'll provide the main dish & drinks.)8. Saturday, July 26: "Beat the Heat A-B-C Doubles," 5-9 p.m.9. Sunday, Aug. 24: "Back to School Doubles," Noon-4 p.m.(You must play with a family member, or at least a kissin' cousin.)10. Sunday, Sept. 7: "Century A-B-C Doubles," Noon-4 p.m.(Your ages must add up to 100 or more. If you're less than 30, you are considered 30.)11. Sunday, Oct. 19: "Halloween A-B-C Doubles," Noon-4 p.m. Wear costumes.12. Sunday, Nov. 16: "Turkey Trot A-B-C Doubles," Noon-4 p.m.13. Sunday, Nov. 30: "Holiday Cheer A-B-C Doubles," Noon-4 p.m."Other Events""Millie Ryan Tennis Clinic/Raffle/Carnival"....Sunday, April 27"Tennis Player Happy Hours" ... TBAPRC-Memorial Day NTRP ... May 24-26PRC-Sanctioned Mile High Open ... June 20-22PRC-Sanctioned Invitational $ Tournament ... July 11-13PRC-Labor Day NTRP Tournament ... Aug. 30-Sept. 1RRTC-"Yavapai County Tennis Championships...Oct. 2-5*PRC-Grand Prix Monthly Tournaments-778-0708Jan. 5, Feb. 16, March 22, April 19, May 10, June 7, July 19, Aug. 16, Sept 13, Oct. 18, Nov. 1, Dec. 13.*PRC-Junior Grand Prix Tournaments-778-0708Feb. 2, April 5, June 14, Aug. 1-3, Aug. 23, Sept 6, Oct. 11"New Mens/Womens Monthly Leagues This Year"New leagues will run nine months of the year (March through November) one month at a time. Eight players will make up each league, plus subs to call if needed. By ability, not gender. Players must donate one can of new balls at the start of each session. Three 35-minute rounds each time out for four weeks. Pro will determine the level to place you if there's any question. Cost is $15 per person, per session. Times: noon-1:45 p.m.Tuesdays ... 2.0 to 2.9 levels Thursdays ... 3.0 to 3.9 levels Fridays ... 4.0 plus levels(Beginner/Adv. Beg.) (Intermediate) (Advanced)Each new league begins the week of: March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3, July 1, Aug. 5, Sept. 2, Oct. 7, Nov. 4. Sign up a week in advance."I'd Like To Be On A Singles Tennis Ladder"If you're interested in being on a singles tennis ladder, one is on the way. Call 445-1331 and leave your name, phone number and ability level. It will be included on the PATA website with rules and instructions for playing. The start date is March 1."Drop-In-Tennis"Every Tuesday and Thursday morning (starting times vary depending on the season, call 778-7071 to check) summer 8:30 a.m., winter 9:30 a.m. and shoulder seasons 9 a.m. No charge except to bring a new can of balls with you. *Warm up clinic one hour before start of Drop-In...$7 per X."Open Drill Clinics Weekly"Open Drill Clinics: For levels advanced beginners on up (You against the pro):Every Saturday from 9 to 10:30 a.m.Every Monday and Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon $10.00 per class.(Chris Howard is a local USPTA Tennis Professional with over 30 years in the racquet and fitness industry. He can be reached at
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