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Howard: Spring, summer and fall in Prescott — tennis season has arrived!

Column: My Point

Today is May 1 and the temperatures are now at a level that tennis players are thinking about playing earlier in the morning to beat the heat or a bit later in the afternoons to early evening and with those thoughts who they’ll be playing against, where and in what organized events or just calling a friendly foe for a match.

That always brings up the question of what is available tennis-wise to jump in to and where.  

Yavapai College has seven lighted tennis courts (yc.edu/tennis), Prescott High School (Ruth St.) six hard courts, The Armory (Gurley St.) has four Omni-courts, and the Prescott Athletic Club (Kingswood) five hard courts. There are also many subdivision courts that many of you live at that can also be used.

For adults that are already playing the game at different levels there are three summer tournaments in Prescott, and another in Flagstaff that might be fun to consider entering.  All offer singles, doubles and mixed events for all ability levels.

May 26-28 is the PATA NTRP Memorial Tennis Tournament held at Yavapai College.  The deadline to enter is May 21st.  

June 29 to July 1 is the Flagstaff NTRP/Open and Junior Tennis Tournament.

The sanctioned PATA Prescott Mile High Open and Junior Tennis Tournament (at Y.C.) is July 13-15 and the last local tournament in the Prescott are is the PATA Yavapai County NTRP Tennis Tournament held September 21-23.

All of these events can be viewed and registered for at prescotttennis.com.

But maybe you want to get your kids learning the game and yes, there are a couple kids tennis camps (ages 5-12) available as well as kids just playing the game with some supervision to enjoy.

The camp dates held at Prescott High School and run by USPTA Tennis Professional Sterling Fetty (chinni102@hotmail.com) are Monday through Fridays 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

June 4-8, June 11-15, June 18-22, July 9-13 and July 23-27.  Cost is $80.00 for the week or $20.00 per day.

The Summer Scramble Series of playing for kids has a kick off session May 11th from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Prescott Athletic Club and will be held every there Fridays in June as well as Junior Team Tennis events that are May 5, 12 and 19.

For adults ages 16 to 90 there are new Yavapai College (yc.edu) tennis classes on Mondays and Wednesdays that begin June 4th to July 26 that are always a lot of fun and certainly cost effective for $83.00 for two months of instruction.

And with eight certified tennis instructors in the area you can check their clinic and lessons structures at prescotttennis.com. 

Believe me, there’s something for everyone, from the easy “Drop-In-Tennis” on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the college, structured play groups, or just open play for you and your friends to reserve courts for.

Currently it’s the professional tennis players “clay court” season which finishes with the French Open, followed by the “grass court” season ending with Wimbledon and then the U.S. Open series (hard courts) and the finale the U.S. Open in New York.

The Tennis Channel lends itself to keeping up with all the latest play for both the ATP and WTA tours and much more for the serious tennis enthusiasts, which is nice to watch.  Most of us can’t expect to hit like Rafa, Serena, the Bryan brothers or Roger, but we can watch and dream.

Hope you all have a great summer of tennis and if you have any questions I can help with, please feel free to contact me.

Chris Howard is a local USPTA Tennis Professional with over 45 years in the racquet and fitness industry. He can be reached at 928-642-6775 or choward4541@gmail.com.