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Tennis Information

Tara Woods has a lot of opportunities for you to play tennis.  From Beginner to Intermediate, and on to Advanced, and even for those who just want to learn to play the game, there are plenty of opportunities available for you to get in the game of tennis.
For more information, you can contact Greg Girard at 239-888-9135.

Mixed Doubles
We have Mixed Doubles "Open Tennis" on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 9:00 – 10:30 AM.  This is open to all levels of tennis players.  We all mix together – the Intermediate players and the Advanced players.  All four courts are reserved on these three mornings, as we usually have a good turnout of players.  There is no need to sign up to play; just show up at the courts and you will be welcomed to join in.

Round Robins
Our Round Robins are scheduled on the fourth Saturday of the month.  The dates for our Round Robins are:  November 25, 2023.  There is no Round Robin in December.  For 2024, the dates are:  January 27, February 24, and March 23.  The Round Robins start at 9:00 AM.  They are a lot of fun, so be sure to sign up to play so you don’t miss out on all the action.  Generally, the sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board by the tennis courts around the first of the month.

Tennis Association
Ed Sandre is our Tennis Association President, and Greg Girard is our Vice President.  Our Treasurer is Mary Sandre, and our Secretary is Janice Johnston.  All four Tennis Association positions are open at this time.  If you are interested in serving on the Tennis Association, contact any of these Officers.

The first meeting of the Tennis Association will be held on Saturday, November 25, 2023, after our first Round Robin.

We don't meet in December, but we plan to have a Tennis Association Meeting on January 27, February 24, and March 23, 2024, after the Round Robins.

All tennis players are encouraged to join the Tennis Association; annual dues are $5.00 per person.

League Tennis for the 2023-2024 Season:
--Women's League:  We will again have a Women’s Team representing Tara Woods.   A lot of new women have signed up to play on the Women's team.  Player selection and the Team Captain will be decided on in the fall.  Trish Martell was the Captain for the 2022-2023 season.
--Men's League:  We will have two White Teams.  Ed Sandre and Roger Rafferty are the White Team Captains.
We will also have one Blue Team.  Don Swartz is the new Blue Team Captain.

League matches are played every week, with some matches at home while other matches are played at neighboring communities. The teams’ schedules will be posted on the bulletin board by the courts.  
The Women's Team plays on Thursday mornings.  When playing at home, the matches start at 9:30 AM.  The away matches vary in starting time.
The two Men’s White Teams play on Tuesdays at 1:30 PM.
The Men’s Blue Team plays on Thursdays at 1:30 PM.
The men sometimes start their matches early, so you may want to be at the courts by 1:00 PM if you don’t want to miss the start of the match.

Being a Spectator
If you want to see some great tennis action, you should come out to the courts when the league matches are being played – either here in Tara Woods or at our neighboring communities.  Spectators are always welcome and very much appreciated, so come out to the courts and cheer on your Tara Woods teams.

Court Time Scheduling
The Mixed Doubles "Open Tennis", the Team Practices, and the Team Matches that are played every week from October thru March take up some of the court time, but there are still plenty of times when the tennis courts are available for your use.  There is a Tennis Court Reservation Schedule posted on the bulletin board by the courts for anyone to sign up for court time.

Ball Machine
Tara Woods has a Tennis Ball Machine which is a great tool for anyone wanting to improve their style of play.  You can have lifetime access to the Ball Machine for a one-time fee of $25.00.

Tennis Lessons
Tennis lessons are available for beginners eager to learn the game or for those players who just want to improve their tennis skills.  Call Fred Puhlfuerst at 239-731-1552.


This Tennis Information page is a work in progress and is submitted by Linda Engel.

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