Published 9:54 am Monday, July 7, 2008
By By Chandler Myers
Tennis lessons are currently being instructed at the Tom Byrne Park tennis courts.
Instructor Ryan Woods said this is his third year to teach lessons and he enjoys teaching and participating in a sport where his ability is tested.
Woods said that tennis is not one of the more popular sports, but he added that people should give it a chance and see how fun it can be.
While it is fun, it can be difficult to learn the fundamentals of tennis and how to hit the ball without launching it out of the court, according to Woods.
The first task demonstrated to each player is how to hit the ball properly and how to level your racket to hit it straight.
Next, serving is learned, which can be the most difficult task to teach a young tennis player.
Woods said he teaches these portions of the lesson repeatedly just to insure that everyone gets the idea.
He added that once these are accomplished, the instructors and students play games.
The cost of tennis lessons is $30 and they are taught Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. and they are taught in three-week sessions.
The next session begins July 14 and the sign up for that session is at Tom Byrne Pool July 7 at 5 p.m.
For more information on tennis lessons, call Betty Warren at Tom Byrne Park at 368-8280.