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The Oglebay Tennis Complex will be part of the nation’s biggest tennis event in May that will involve thousands of players hitting countless tennis balls, according to Jeremy McClelland, director of tennis for the Wheeling Park Commission.
The annual Tennis Across America program is sponsored by the United States Professional Tennis Association. “Tennis Across America is a perfect way to kick start getting fit and learning a new sport,” said McClelland. “Tennis is a fitness activity for the entire family. Best of all, Tennis Across America is free! Racquets will be provided for use during TAA to those who do not have them.”
Beginners and advanced players, both juniors and adults, as well as those who have never played tennis before, are invited to Oglebay on Saturday, May 17, 2014, beginning at 12:00 p.m. to participate in the nationwide event.
Activities will include adult and junior clinics, introduction to cardio tennis, and 10 and Under Tennis. Making use of all 10 clay courts at the Oglebay Resort is the goal of McClelland. “Getting people on the tennis court is my primary goal,” said McClelland. “If they are there and have fun, they will want to come back.”
According to “Youth Tennis,” “Tennis is fun for kids of all ages and levels; with a minimum risk of injury, the sport provides many social, health, and psychological benefits.”
The beginner adult and junior clinics will introduce basic components of the game: grip, forehand, backhand, volley, overhead, and serve. While beginners are assisted in getting started with the sport, experienced players will be on other courts playing points.
Cardio Tennis Cardio Tennis is a fun group activity for anyone at any playing level looking for an exciting way to burn calories and interact with others outside of the gym.
Cardio Tennis is a high energy fitness activity that combines the best features of the sport of tennis with cardiovascular exercise, delivering the ultimate, full body, calorie burning aerobic workout.
QuickStart and 10 and Under Tennis provide the chance for kids to learn tennis and have real fun doing it. These programs use racquets, balls, and courts that are sized for kids so that they enjoy the game right from the start.
“Kid-sized equipment and courts, and balls that don’t bounce over their heads, give kids the advantage they need to learn to play tennis,” said McClelland. “Age-appropriate lessons make sure that kids are successful.”
McClelland said the cooperative, no-pressure, learn-to-compete approach is key. “A play-to-learn approach emphasizes the development of motor skills and a progression to teach racquet skills. Spontaneous, creative play is incorporated with the concept of “Kids first. Tennis second.”
With various activities planned, the USPTA and McClelland hope to get the tri-state area excited about tennis: “In recent years the number of players on the courts has dropped, but programs like this give me the chance to draw people to the sport I love,” added McClelland.
Established in 1990 by the USPTA, Tennis Across America is the original, free, grassroots lesson program. For additional information, contact McClelland at the Oglebay Tennis Shop at 304-243-4040.
Jeremy McClelland has been appointed as Director of Tennis for the Wheeling Park Commission. “We are very happy to have a tennis professional with Jeremy’s ties to the local community, plus his experience and reputation, and we share Jeremy’s excitement about the future of tennis at Oglebay and Wheeling Park,” said Doug Dalby, President and CEO for the Wheeling Park Commission. “The addition of Jeremy will greatly enhance the opportunities for the public to enjoy tennis programs at both parks.”
McClelland has 20 years of tennis experience in both training and competing including the 2011 USTA Men’s National Indoor Doubles Champion, the 2011 Gordon Biersch Classic Men’s Open Singles Champion and the 2011 John V. Schultz Men’s Open Singles and Doubles Champion. He is a five-time West Virginia Open Men’s Single Champion and three-time Men’s Double Champion. McClelland is a graduate of Wheeling Park High School and a 2012 inductee to the Wheeling Park High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He was the West Virginia AAA State Champion in 2006 in both Singles and Doubles and a member of the WV All-State Team in 2005 and 2006. McClelland was a member of the Duquesne University Tennis Team from 2006 through 2010 and was the Team Captain, MVP and First Atlantic 10 All-Conference from 2008 until his graduation in 2010. He concluded his college career with 143 wins, second most in Duquesne history.
McClelland’s training experience includes private lessons and group clinics at the Pennsylvania Tennis Academy in Wexford, PA, The Club in Monroeville, PA, and Mt. Lebanon Tennis in Mt. Lebanon, PA. He also spent three summers as an instructor at Andy Findlay’s Intense Tennis Camp.
McClelland is a member of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) and the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and he plans to build a solid junior program. “Like anything else, in tennis you need a strong base to have a successful program,” said McClelland. “Focusing on the complete development of juniors from an early age until the collegiate or professional level is essential.”
“The knowledge I have gained from playing up through the professional level and coaching up through D1 college tennis has given me the skills I need to develop all types of tennis players. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced player, I feel I have something to offer. Tennis is physical, mental, and a lot of other things in between, and I love sharing the knowledge I have absorbed.” McClelland said.
“I know how important a coach is in every player’s life. This is a relationship that is very fragile but can be one of the strongest bonds. I am so thankful that I had such great coaches growing up and great employers who really made me understand every aspect of this sport,” added McClelland.
McClelland will not only be adding new opportunities to the tennis program but will continue with past programs such as Ladies’ Day and Men’s Night for adults. “I am looking forward to continuing these clinics and working with adults in both competitive and drill oriented classes,” said McClelland.
Adult and junior classes will run primarily through the week. Junior classes will be held after school while Ladies’ Day and Men’s Night will be held once per week. Other junior and adult classes will be made available.
Returning to his hometown to build a program of his own is something very special to McClelland. “I am very excited to return home to help this program that was an anchor for my junior career. I have had great support from so many people in this community over the years and I am happy to be in a position to give something back to Wheeling,” said McClelland.
Marc S. White, USPTA-PTR certified coach and Director of Tennis for the Wheeling Park Commission, is presenting Super Saturday at the Oglebay Tennis Center on Saturday, September 8, 2012.
The Super Stars 10 and under Tennis Clinic and Party is scheduled from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and the High School Team and Middle School Players Junior Tournament Round Robin is from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The cost is $15 per person.
“Let’s celebrate the US Open,” said White. “Join us on Super Saturday for instruction, games, prizes and pizza!”
The Fall Junior Tennis Academy at the Wheeling Park Indoor Tennis Bubble kicks off with an Open House on October 20 and the 8-week academy begins the following week.
For more information on all the fall tennis programs at Wheeling Park call Mark S. White at 304-243-4039 or 304-830-1705. Registration forms for the Junior Academy are available at the indoor tennis courts at Wheeling Park or online at www.wheeling-park.com/tennis.htm.