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FTA launches adult tennis program

on Monday, 10 January 2022. Posted in Local News

Junior Gabriela Karatantcheva will lead a young Patriots squad in 2022. Despite missing part of 2021 with an injury, Karatantcheva was 9-0 in singles action last season.

            The award-winning Florence Tennis Association is ramping up adult beginner tennis to help area residents achieve their New Year’s resolutions by getting in shape, making new friends and having more fun. Tennis is inexpensive and tennis players live longer, on average, than any other athletes - and 10 years longer than the average American. Regular players call it “a sport for a lifetime” because there are always people at every age and skill level who want to play.

This year, the FTA will offer six Tennis 101 courses for adult beginners at the Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center, and as many more in nearby towns throughout the Pee Dee Region. The first course will begin Jan. 16 at 4 p.m. Each course will feature a small group clinic with a professional instructor once a week for six weeks. The emphasis is on having fun and learning the basics with a group of people who are all in the same boat. Tennis 101 will teach the essential strokes and offer plenty of reasons to love the game, and other courses and activities will be available to those who want to continue playing.

To make this program even more accessible, the FTA is subsidizing the cost so that students will pay only $40 for the six-week course, or $30 if they have their own racquet.

An unexpected COVID-19 side effect is that a good many Americans are looking for healthier ways to exercise. As a result, the growth of recreational tennis, with its fitness benefits, its natural social distancing and its focus on small groups of friends and family members, has been phenomenal. A recent Physical Activity Council study found that the number of American tennis players grew to 21.64 million in 2020, an increase of 22.4 percent from 2019, and the trend has continued through 2021. This is borne out by sales figures, like a 21.8 percent increase in wholesale racquet shipments in 2020. To enroll in Tennis 101, go to https://bit/ly/ftatennis101 or contact the program coordinator at dusteegurl@me. com. For information, contact Dusty Braddock at (843) 319-3665, or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Paul Pittman at (843) 667-9804, or email him at pmpittman@ gmail.com.

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