Long Beach Summer Tennis News

The Summer Tennis Season is kicking off with a bang at Billie Jean King (BJK) and El Dorado Park Tennis Centers (ELDO). June marks the beginning of 10-weeks of Summer Tennis Camps at both tennis centers. The camps began on June 19th and are offered every week through August 25th. Each facility offers half-day and full-day camps. There has been a great turnout in the first couple of weeks. The camps are designed by our USPTA certified tennis pros to be very fun and challenging. Their goal is to teach or introduce the game of tennis as well as values of good sportsmanship to each and every child from the novice to the more advanced players.

El Dorado Park Tennis Center is having a fantastic turnout for Summer Tennis Camp. Coaches Mitch Bridge and Peter Smith are very inspired by its success so far. ELDO has several options for Summer Camp: High Performance Academy offers a Half-Day Day Camp from 11 AM-2:00 PM or 2:00-6 PM; Extended Day Camp from 11 AM-6 PM and, the regular Developmental + Dev All Stars Camp for ages 5-14 runs from 9 AM- Noon.

USPTA certified tennis pro Valter Paiva manages the Summer Camp program at BJK. Camps run during the summer months: June, July and August. We offer Full Day Camp and Half Day Camp Sessions. The Half Day Camps run Monday – Friday from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Our Full Day Camp runs Monday – Friday from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. The Summer Tennis Camp Programs offers training sessions for the beginner to the college level player’s ages 5-18 years old.

BJK’s Tennis Pros Aba Villena & Scheraq launched their SUMMER NEXT LEVEL Junior Development program this summer. This is a great program for the Serious High School tennis player who needs to work on conditioning-footwork-strategy & tactics. The program runs Monday thru Friday from 11AM-1:00PM

All summer long, First Serve Tennis offers fun and exciting Parks & Recreation tennis classes throughout the city for every member of the family. Check out the summer Recreation book for class listings and sign up for a class today!

At BJK & ELDO, June marks the start of the summer season for Recreational World Team Tennis Junior World Team Tennis and the USTA League. All the teams are off to a great start and players are enjoying the competition and meeting new players from around the southland.

The USTA 2017 Spring Junior Team Tennis Section Championships was held at ELDO the weekend of June 3rd & 4th. Over 550 players and 70 teams from Ventura to San Diego in nine divisions within the 10, 14 & 18 & under age groups competed for a chance to represent their league in the 35th Annual Gar Glenney Cup Junior Team Tennis Championships in northern California in August.

On June 17, we were thrilled to have Tennis Legend and Hall-of-Famer Michael Chang and current coach of 9th ranked player in the world Kei Nishikori visit El Dorado Park Tennis Center for a clinic and courtside conversation and autograph session where Michael shared his thoughts of tennis and life. Everyone who attended felt honored to listen and ask questions of the Hall-of-Famer and afterwards was able to get a picture with Michael along with his autograph.

That same weekend El Dorado Park Tennis Center was selected as one of the seven host sites for the 115th Annual Southern California Junior Sectional Championships. This event is the LARGEST annual junior tennis tournament in the United States. The tournament ran from the June 17- 26 and had over 1000 competitors this year, ages 10-18, from all over Southern California.

We look forward to another busy summer and welcoming new players to both of our outstanding tennis facilities.

Please contact us for more information.  See you on the courts,

Cathy Jacobson-Guzy
President – First Serve Tennis, Inc.

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