Originally Published: May 13, 2013 9:58 p.m.
Summer has arrived, and with it an array of tennis programs to enter, enjoy and have fun with. It's a way to meet new people, get the challenge of pairing off against others of similar ability, and just learn the game.
If you're looking for an easy game to join try the weekly "Drop-In-Tennis" group at the Yavapai College tennis facility. It's held Tuesdays and Thursdays currently from 9-11 a.m. with three 35-minute rounds of doubles. The cost is $1. Bring a can of balls. The level of play is 3.0 to 4.0 for the most part.
The Yavapai College summer tennis classes are great for the beginner to intermediate player, and are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7:15 p.m. The cost for this 30-hour course is $70. Classes begin June 3 and run through July 25. Visit yc.edu to register online.
USPTA Tennis Professional Sterling Fetty runs the "Advantage Tennis Academy" for a great program of youth programs from the six tennis courts at Prescott High School on Ruth Street. He can be reached at 533-1986 for more information on his daily clinics throughout the summer months.
Allison Wood (also USPTA certified) gives group or private lessons on various courts and can be reached at 928-420-4555.
If you want a birds-eye view of set clinics and pros, visit the Prescott Area Tennis Association's website at prescotttennis.com. You'll find drop-in clinics to attend, tennis pros and phone numbers listed, a players/members list, public court sites and a reminder of all tennis events that are coming up in the Prescott and Northern Arizona area - and there are many.
Now, the nice aspect of the PATA is that it costs nothing to become a member. Go to their membership page, fill out the short registration form and hit submit. It takes about 20 seconds of your time. You'll then receive occasional emails giving you updates of tennis events you may be interested in being a part of.
Here are some upcoming tennis events that you may want to print out and put on your refrigerator.
Summer Tennis Grand Prix's
To register: call 928-642-6775 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org three days before event begins. Singles are $20 per person/doubles are $15 per player. The format is round robin. Prizes to 1st/2nd place. Divisions 3.0/3.5/4.0+ singles; 6.0/7.0/8.0+ doubles. Runs from noon to 4 or 5 p.m.
Dates: Singles, Sunday, June 9; Doubles, Sunday, June 23; Mixed, Sunday, July 7; Singles, Sunday, July 21; Doubles, Sunday, Aug. 4; Mixed, Sunday, Aug. 11.
PATA Mile High Open - July 12-14 @ PHS
USTA Sanctioned Tournament - Singles/doubles/mixed events. Enter at USTA.com tennis link. Call Tournament Director Liz Murrieta at 928-713-0370.
Let's Party PATA Style
Sunday, Sept. 15, from noon-5 p.m. at Yavapai College. Open to all abilities. Cost is 15 per person, nd features music/food/prizes/tennis play and special events. Call 928-642-6775 to enter.
PATA Yavapai County Tennis Championships
Oct. 4-6 at Yavapai College for singles/doubles/mixed. Open to all NTRP levels 10 and under. Register online at prescotttennis.com.
For all other summer tournaments in Flagstaff, Sedona, Phoenix, Tucson, visit the PATA website.
Chris Howard is a local USPTA Tennis Professional with over 40 years in the racquet and fitness industry. He can be reached at 928-642-6775 or email@example.com.