Meridian Star

August 28, 2013

Northeast Tennis to hold clinics for all levels

Tony Tsoukalas
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — Whether it's to learn the game or to help get ready for the upcoming high school tennis season, Northeast Tennis Complex is looking for players of all ages to take part in its upcoming tennis clinics this fall.

    NTC will host four separate clinics including; Pre-K held from  3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Mondays, and 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays; grades 3-6 held from  4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays and 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Thursdays; junior high held from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays; high school held on Mondays from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

    Entry fees for both elementary groups will be $70, while fees for both junior high and high school will be $150.

    The elementary clinics are set to begin next week. NTC tennis director Bill Autry encourages parents to enroll their children, stating the 10-week program teaches the fundamentals of tennis while preaching good sportsmanship.

    “It introduces them into tennis,” Autry said. “The goal is, by the end of the fall, that they know the rules and can actually play a little bit. Tennis is the sport of a lifetime, and it gives them something they can do with their friends or their family.”

    While both the junior high and high school clinics started this week, Autry said it isn't too late for interested players to register. Both clinics will be 12 weeks and work towards getting players ready for the upcoming tennis seasons in the spring.

    “What this clinic does is, it gives everyone a chance to experience playing against several different people before the season starts,” Autry said. “When they start their team play in the spring, they will be used to playing different people, and then they have that confidence level built up.”

    Autry, who played tennis in college while at Meridian Community College, has been holding clinics at NTC since 2005. He said that while the clinics are beneficial to the athletes, getting to build character through tennis can be just as rewarding.

    “We like to build self confidence through tennis,” Autry said. “When you do that, it's pretty neat to see. Whether it's current or in a few years, when people come back and say thank you for doing that, it lets you know you are where you are supposed to be.”

    NTC will also hold its upcoming Junior Tournament on Sept. 27-28 with boys and girls divisions for under 14 and under 18 age groups in both singles and doubles.    

    On Nov. 2, NTC will hold a mystery doubles tournament to benefit Laurie's Kids. The tournament, which will be open to players of all levels, will be a five-round doubles tournament with each participant receiving a new partner each round. A $25 dollar contribution is asked to help support Laurie's Kids.

    For more information on clinics or upcoming tournaments, Autry can be reached at