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Ormond Beach Observer Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 6 years ago

Learn tennis, for free, until Feb. 3

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In an effort to drive participation at local tennis associations, eight  area clubs are offering free lessons to residents, through Feb. 3.

BY MIKE CAVALIERE | ASSOCIATE EDITOR

The Greater Volusia Tennis League is teaming up with the United States Tennis Association, the United States Professional Tennis Association and the Tennis Network to offer free tennis lessons to adult beginners, from professional instructors, through Feb. 3.

The initiative started Jan. 21, and eight clubs in the county are participating, including two Ormond Beach clubs.

According to Jan Buener, owner of The Trails Racquet Club, the program is meant to increase participation at local clubs and get beginners into the game.

“The hope is that the players then get hooked on tennis and then continue taking some formal lessons and get into match play as soon as possible,” he said.

But the free lessons, he added, come with no obligation to commit to future play.

In its first ever year, the program was initially proposed by Dave Brown, director of tennis at Plantation Bay. And Buener says it’s going well. Since starting two weeks ago, he’s had about 20 new recruits.

To sign up, call a participating club and ask about their lesson schedule.

“The social aspect (of the game) is as important as the match aspect, but you have to get the people to a certain level first,” Beuner added. “We’re trying to get people into ... tennis.”

In Ormond Beach, The Trails Racquet Club, at 300 Main Trail — call 677-8081 — and the Ormond Tennis Center, 38 E. Granada Blvd — call 492-2928 — are participating.

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