WPAFB Tennis Club offers classes for all ages, skill levels

Eddy Honore regularly plays tennis at the Wright-Patterson Tennis Club in Area A. For those who want to learn the game, the Tennis Club offers three classes: Youth Tennis, Adult Beginner Tennis and Cardio Tennis. (U.S. Air Force photo/Caroline Clauson)
Eddy Honore regularly plays tennis at the Wright-Patterson Tennis Club in Area A. For those who want to learn the game, the Tennis Club offers three classes: Youth Tennis, Adult Beginner Tennis and Cardio Tennis. (U.S. Air Force photo/Caroline Clauson)

Whether you’re young or old, a tennis pro or a tennis novice, the Wright-Patterson Tennis Club has weekly classes to suit your needs. The ball is in your court to decide which one matches your skill level.

The Tennis Club offers three classes: Youth Tennis, Adult Beginner Tennis and Cardio Tennis.

Youth Tennis

The Wright-Patterson Tennis Club holds Youth Tennis classes every Saturday for youth ages 5 to 18. The classes are divided into three age categories:

• Futures: ages 5-9

• Challengers: ages 10-14

• All-Stars: ages 15-18

Children who join the Futures class will learn the fundamentals of tennis, such as how to properly use a racket and hit the ball. They practice with a junior size tennis net and large, foam tennis balls. This class meets 9 to 10 a.m.

In the Challengers class, participants will begin to practice using official size tennis balls. They will learn how to rally, which is the skill of continuously hitting the ball back and forth over the net. This class meets 10 to 11 a.m.

Youth who participate in the All-Stars class will progress into the art of match play, where they will compete against an opponent and perfect their serve. This class meets 11 a.m. to noon.

Adult Beginner Tennis

Adults 18 and older interested in learning tennis are welcome to attend the Tennis Club’s Adult Beginner classes held from 5 to 6 p.m. every Monday and Tuesday. This class is for individuals with little to no experience playing tennis.

Participants will start with the essential skills of proper racket use, grip and stance. Then they will progress into the techniques used to hit serves and basic shots.

This class will equip adult beginners to play a friendly game of tennis and prepare them to transition to a higher-level class, such as Cardio Tennis.

Cardio Tennis

The Tennis Club’s Cardio Tennis class is an opportunity for adults 18 and older to improve tennis skills and overall physical fitness. This class is open to advanced beginners.

Cardio Tennis is offered every Monday 6-7 p.m. and Wednesday 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. During this class, participants will focus on improving their stroke, moving on the court and hitting the ball inbounds consistently.

This class will equip adult tennis players to play competitively and perhaps join a league or tournament.

Pricing

For Tennis Club members, each class fee is $12. Members can also purchase six classes for $60. For non-members, each session fee is $15. The Club offers a first-time player discount for one $5 class. Walk-ins are welcome.

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Participants are encouraged to bring their own rackets, but equipment is available to loan during classes.

“For people who go TDY (temporary duty), these classes are a way to play tennis without committing to a club membership,” said Douglas Coy, Wright-Patterson Tennis Club manager. “Anyone with base access is welcome to join a class or try one out.”

More classes will be added in the near future upon the arrival of a new professional tennis instructor who will be joining the club.

All classes are held the Wright-Patt Tennis Club, 4805 Skeel Ave. on Area A. For more information, contact 937-257-7248.

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