Marc S. White, Director of Tennis at Oglebay, says tennis is a sport of a lifetime and spends his days promoting the sport to all ages. Since coming to Oglebay in the fall of 2005, White has expanded the tennis program to include several annual tournaments, a junior tennis academy and various tennis jamborees throughout the year.
The most recent tennis jamboree in February 2011 featured former top-20 ATP tennis player Tim “Dr. Dirt” Wilkison at the indoor tennis center at nearby Wheeling Park. “Tim and I traveled together in the past and put on clinics,” White said. “Coaching and educating about tennis is my specialty, so I wanted to bring in a former player to add something.” While he received the nickname Dr. Dirt from his diving volleys at Wimbledon, Wilkison’s biggest claim to fame was advancing to the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open in 1986. “My hope was to inspire our local junior players to play a little bit like Tim,” added White.
Junior players are one of White’s main focuses. The MSW Tennis Academy develops a tennis attitude in the students by creating a fun and non-threatening environment. “We teach our junior academy students to view tennis as a lifetime investment in themselves and their well-being,” said White. The academy is offered for students from grade 2 through high school, from beginner level to advanced high school team players. The academy is offered in the spring, fall and winter. White also presents summer tennis camps.
This year’s slate of tennis tournaments at Oglebay include the Senior Tennis Tournament and Junior Classic in June, the West Virginia Open in July and the US Open Junior Doubles Tournament in September. Other special tennis events planned for this year include the USPTA Tennis Across America USTA Block Party in May and a PTR Coaches Workshop in September.
White is continuing Oglebay’s rich tennis tradition that started in 1939 when several clay courts were built. The tennis complex was expanded and the courts converted to a Har-Tru surface in the late 1940s. Tennis legend Arthur Ashe played in one of his first major tournaments at Oglebay – a juniors event – in 1961.
For details on all the tennis programs and activities at Oglebay visit www.oglebay-resort.com/tennis/facilities.htm or call Marc White at 304-243-4039.