Originally Published: January 1, 2009 7:29 p.m.
The New Year is upon us and so is the start of another exciting tennis year. We'd all like to pretend we were getting ourselves ready for the Australian Open, but we may just have to settle for all the fun events that are outlined below in our own Tri-City area.This is one of those columns you just may want to clip and save because it includes all of the tennis events that are locally open to the public. Enjoy.9 Monthly One-Day Theme Tennis Tournaments & 4 New Senior Grand Prix Events @ RRTC-445-1331Theme doubles events are by ability, not gender. Cost: $18 per person.60 & Over Senior Grand Prix ... four events to enter: 2.5-3.5 & 3.5 and above divisions. Cost: $18 per person.1. Sunday, Jan. 25: "New Year Mixer Doubles" ... noon-4 p.m.(Sign up individually, you'll play with a different partner each round near your ability level.)2. *Saturday, Feb. 28: "Senior (60+) Grand Prix Doubles" ... noon-4 p.m. 3. *Sunday, March 22: "Senior (60+) Grand Prix Singles ... noon-4 p.m.4. Sunday, April 5: "Legends 14th Annual Wood Racquet Doubles Tourney" ... noon-4 p.m.5. Saturday, May 2: "Men's Singles 2.5/3.0/3.5/4.0+ Tournament" ... noon-4 p.m.6. Sunday, May 3: "Women's Singles 2.5/3.0/3.5/4.0+ Tournament" ... noon-4 p.m.7. *Saturday, June 13: "Senior (60+) Grand Prix Mixed Doubles" ... noon-4 p.m.8. Sunday, June 14: "Summer Breeze A-B-C Doubles Fun" ... 3-7 p.m.(Potluck, everyone brings a plate to share, main dish and drinks provided.)9. Saturday, July 25: "Beat the Heat & Draw a Partner Doubles" ... 5-9 p.m.(Sign up individually and draw a partner within your ability level.)10. Sunday, Aug. 23: "Back to School Doubles" ... noon-4 p.m. (You must play with a family member, or at least a kissin' cousin)11. Sunday, Sept. 20: "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're considered 30.)12. *Sunday, Oct. 18: "Senior (60+) Grand Prix Doubles": ... noon-4 p.m.13. Sunday, Nov. 15: "Turkey Trot A-B-C Doubles" ... noon-4 p.m.(Potluck, everyone brings a plate to share, main dish and drinks provided.)14. Sunday, Nov. 29: "Holiday Cheer Mixed/Mixer" ... noon-4 p.m.(Sign up as a team or individually and be ready to be mixed with holiday music.)"Prescott Racquet Club (778-0708) Grand Prix Tennis Tournaments for Juniors and Adults"Jan. 31-Singles/Feb. 21-Doubles/March 7-Jr. G.P./March 28-Mixed/April 4-Jr. G.P.April 18-Singles/May 9-Doubles/June 6-Mixed/June 27-Jr. G.P./July 18-SinglesAug. 1-Jr. G.P./Aug. 15-Doubles/Sept. 12-Mixed/Sept. 19-Jr. G.P./Oct. 3-Jr. G.P.Oct. 17-Singles/Nov. 21-Doubles/Dec. 5-Mixed."3-Day Tournaments and Other Special Events""QuickStart Tennis for Juniors ages 5 to 10" ... May 9-16-23-30th (RRTC)"NTRP Memorial Day Tournament" ... May 23-25 (PRC)"Mile High Open" ... June 19-21, and "Invitational Open Tournament" ... July 10-12 (PRC)"NTRP Labor Day Tournament ... Sept. 5-7 (PRC)"Yavapai County Tennis Championships" ... Oct. 2-4 (RRTC)"I'd Like To Be On A Singles Tennis Ladder and Players List"If you're interested in being on the men's or women's singles tennis ladder and players list contact the Prescott Area Tennis Association webmaster at prescotttennis.com."$1 Drop-In-Tennis @ RRTC"Tuesday and Thursday mornings (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. The cost is $1 + bring a new can of balls. *Warm up clinic one hour before start of Drop-In ... $7."Yavapai College Tennis Classes"(Regular tennis classes for all levels a.m. & p.m. times and a new "Cardio Tennis Class")Yavapai College offers tennis classes each semester (Spring, Summer, Fall), 30 hours of instruction for $52. Call 776-2199 to enroll."Open Drill Clinics Weekly @ RRTC"Open Drill Clinics: For 3.0 to 4.5 level players. (You against the pro): Every Saturday from 9-10:30 a.m.Every Monday and Wednesday from 10:30 a.m.-noon, $12 per class.For additional tennis information around Yavapai County visit the PATA web site at prescotttennis.com.(Chris Howard is a local USPTA Tennis Professional with over 30 years in the racquet and fitness industry. He can be reached at 445-1331 or email@example.com)