Public Tennis Center courts new players


Public Tennis Center courts new players


Date: July 20, 2011
by: Robin Hartill | Community Editor


The Longboat Key Public Tennis Center has plenty of challenges during season. Its schedule is filled with events such as the Observer Cup Challenge and the Fidelity Investments Senior Doubles tournaments that challenge tennis players to test their skills in a competitive setting.

But, this summer, the Tennis Center presents a new challenge to residents.

“The Tennis Center is challenging residents to discover why tennis is so popular right here on Longboat Key,” wrote John Mrachek, management advisor to the Tennis Center, in a prepared statement.

Beginning Monday, Aug. 8 and continuing for eight weeks, the Tennis Center will offer a $150 package of five one-hour tennis classes from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. The classes will focus on tennis basics such as forehand and backhand shots, volleys, serves, basic rules and court positioning. But the lessons aren’t the only net benefit of the package: Participants will also receive a Wilson tennis racket, Tennis Center T-shirt and discounts on private lessons, ball-machine use and user passes for the facility.

According to Tennis Center Manager Kay Thayer, the package is targeted to residents who want an introductory or refresher course on tennis. And there’s currently no limit to how many students can enroll.

“We wanted to do something for the summer to try to see if we could get some new players,” she said.

The program will be possible through a subsidy contributed by the Redgrave family.

“We’re making it very economical,” Thayer said.

Contact Robin Hartill at

Longboat Key Public Tennis Center summer specials
When: Aug. 8 through Oct. 7
Where: Longboat Key Public Tennis Center, 590 Bay Isles Road
Contact: 316-8367


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