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8:02 AM Sun, Nov. 18th

My Point column: 6 months of tennis, tennis - and more TENNIS in beautiful Prescott!

If you love the game of tennis, or want to get involved one way or another, this column will give you all the direction you could possibly need.

From learning the game from the ground up, play groups, drop-ins, youth camps, college classes, one-day Grand Prix’s, weekend tournaments by ability level or sanctioned open tournaments ... Prescott has it all. 

And if you wish to venture to other northern Arizona communities to expand your fun, that’s also included to some degree.

The local pros who help bring the many programs mentioned hon our public tennis sites are Cathy Low, Dave Hibbs, Tim McClintock, Sterling Fetty, Bernie Adam, Nic Cristea, Donnie (the human ball machine) Jones and myself.  The Prescott Area Tennis Association (pata.org), Yavapai College (yc.edu/tennis) and the City of Prescott provide many outlets to the public in promoting and growing the game of tennis as does the USTA on a sectional and national basis.

You’ll have to go to the PATA or college websites to see the many outlets for clinics, lessons, cardio classes, drop-in times, etc., as these events are well posted there.

The college website has recently added a web-cam that shows a picture of the courts on a minute-by-minute basis so you can check the weather conditions - which is pretty cool.

This column is one you might want to cut out and put on your refrigerator and the last section has a calendar of monthly special events for you to plan with.

So, here’s hoping to see you on the courts this year maybe more than ever! (I will be co-teaching the May 13 event with Sterling Fetty.)

Special Events, Camps, Classes:

May 13 - Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Court 7 at Yavapai College - Have you ever wanted to teach your kids, grandkids, or visitors how to play? Sterling Fetty is opening his summer camp, Train-the-Trainer session, to anyone interested.

This session will give you the tools to combine fun with kids and visitors with your love of tennis. Just come on by and bring your racket. Cost is $10.

Play Day Carnival, May 14, Saturday from 2-4 p.m. at Prescott High School. 

All ages invited. Bring your kids and grandkids and join them in giving tennis a try. Tennis instruction, games, and refreshments. Parents and adult volunteers are welcome to join in the fun.

Youth Tennis Camps - In June and July, PATA will work again with Fetty to offer youth tennis camps at the Prescott High School courts, this time in three one-week sessions:

• June 6-10 - Monday – Friday, 8-10 a.m.

• June 13-17 - Monday – Friday, 8-10 a.m.

• June 20-24 - Monday – Friday, 8-10 a.m.

Each week-long session costs $60 and accommodates a maximum of 20 youth to ensure a nice ratio between players and instructors. Register by calling Sterling Fetty, Advantage Tennis Academy, at 928-533-1986. 

Yavapai College Tennis Classes begin June 6 and go through July 28.  Register online at yc.edu for 30 hours of instruction for $65 - you won’t find that price anywhere for the professional instruction you’ll receive.

Mondays and Wednesdays, noon class (CRN-21342) and 5:30 p.m. class (CRN 21343).  Open to first 16 to sign up in each class.

PATA’s Tournaments 2016 - Register at pata.org.

Memorial Day Tournament - NTRP: 

• May 28-30 (Saturday through Monday)

• Played at Yavapai College courts

• Not required to be USTA member

• Entry deadline: Saturday, May 21

Mile High Open - USTA sanctioned

• July 21-24 (Thursday through Sunday)

• Played at Yavapai College and Prescott High School

• USTA membership required

• Entry deadline: Sunday, July 10

Labor Day Tournament - NTRP 

• Sept. 3-5 (Saturday through Monday)

• Played at Yavapai College courts

• Not required to be USTA member

• Entry deadline: Saturday, Aug. 27

One-Day Grand Prix Events @ YC Tennis Center

Men’s and Women’s Mixed and Singles - Sundays from noon to 4 or 5 p.m. Prizes to finalists, lunch, and Round Robin Format: $20 per person paid day of event. Enter by emailing: choward4541@gmail.com the Friday before the entry date with your name, phone number and partner.

• May 15 - Doubles, 6.0/7.0/8.0/9.0    

• June 12 - Mixed, 6.0/7.0/8.0/9.0    

• July 3 - Singles, 3.0/3.5/4.0/4.5

• Aug. 21 - Doubles    

• Sept. 25 - Mixed    

• Oct. 16 - Singles

Calendar of Events

• May 13 - Train-the-Trainer

• May 14 - Play Day Carnival

• May 15 - Grand Prix doubles

• May 28-30 - Memorial Tournament

• June 6 - Y.C. College Classes begin

• June 12 - Grand Prix - Mixed

• June 24-26 - Flagstaff tournament

• July 3 - Grand Prix singles

• July 6-10 - Enchantment Open

• July 21-24 - Mile High Open

• Aug. 21 - Grand Prix doubles

• Sept. 3-5 - Labor Day Tourn.

• Sept. 25 - Grand Prix mixed

• Oct. 1-2 - Tennis Festival of Fame

• Oct. 16 - Grand Prix singles

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 choward4541@gmail.com.