Originally Published: June 6, 2016 10:24 p.m.
If you’ve been lucky enough to be out playing tennis at the Yavapai College tennis facility, you might have come across a guy who women might say is “tall, dark and handsome,” ... “great smile, laugh and even better tennis game.” If so, that person was probably Dave Hibbs, our new local tennis professional.
Dave Hibbs was born and raised in Moline, Illinois, and said he grew up playing all sports — taking his first Parks and Rec tennis lessons at about age 9.
He played tennis recreationally with siblings and friends throughout childhood and really began focusing on tennis in the eighth grade, earning varsity letters all four years of high school. Hibbs played in the highly competitive Western Big Six conference, and as an upper classman, he occupied the No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles positions, advancing to the conference finals and sectional semi-finals in doubles. He also played summer tournaments, facing some of the best competition in the area.
After high school, Hibbs won five consecutive intramural tennis titles at Northeast Missouri State. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree, returned to Moline and coached three seasons at United Township High School. He earned his master’s in education in 1999, and moved to the Seattle area, working at North Seattle Community College.
In 2006, Hibbs moved to Montana, and continued playing recreationally.
Hibbs arrived in Prescott two years ago and quickly became involved with the tennis community here. He’s played in many local events and USTA leagues.
“I really love how tennis meets the goals many of us have for both fitness and fun,” Hibbs said. “It’s a great way to meet new friends and stay in shape whether you’re looking for recreational or competitive play.”
This past weekend, he played in the PATA Memorial Day NTRP Tennis Tournament and won the 9.0 doubles title with partner Sean Hippe, and lost in the 4.5 singles final in a very close match.
Hibbs has been working part-time in the field of tennis and recently decided to work on becoming USPTA certified while scoping out the field of tennis as a full-time profession.
He has some pretty interesting and fun tennis clinics listed below that you’re welcome to join in on. They will give you a better grasp on the game of tennis, while enjoying the process.
As a co-worker at the Yavapai College Tennis Center, tennis partner/instructor and friend, I highly encourage you to visit with him, jump in some of his classes, take a group or private lesson and see what he has to offer; there’s no doubt in my mind you’ll come back for more and more — he’s good and personable, a perfect combination.
• Cardio Tennis - Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon to 1 p.m. $10 per class.
Open to first 8 to sign up each week - firstname.lastname@example.org
• Serve and Return of serve clinic - Mondays, 6 to 7 p.m. $10 per class.
• Groundstrokes and Volleys Clinic - Wednesdays, 6 to 7 p.m. $10 per class.
• Friday Night Lights - Mixed Doubles - 3.5 to 4.5 level: 6 to 8 p.m. $5 per person. (Bring a can of balls.)
Open to first 10 teams to email Hibbs at: email@example.com
Dave also gives private lessons, semi-private, group lessons, doubles and singles strategy and hit sessions.
He can be reached through his email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone or text at 406-871-0377.
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.
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