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.