Fenton named head tennis pro

Published 8:16 am Friday, January 6, 2012

Elyse Fenton, a former tennis pro with the city of Tallahassee, Fla., has been named the head tennis pro at Bainbridge’s Bill Reynolds Sports Park Tennis Center.

Bainbridge Leisure Service’s Department tennis director Tim Thompson said that Fenton, who lives in Havana, Fla., and holds a bachelor’s degree in science from Florida State University, will be a great asset to the tennis center staff.

“Elyse brings a lot of enthusiasm to our youth tennis programs,” he said. “She has two young kids who play tennis and she is very knowledgeable about the process of youth tennis programs.”

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Thompson says junior tennis clinics for all age levels will return Monday, Jan. 16.

The tots level will be for 4-to-6-year-olds. the beginner level will be for 7-t0-9-year-olds, the advanced beginner level will be for 8-to-11-year-olds, the novice level will be for 11-to-13-year-olds and the academy level will be for 13-to-18-year-olds.

Thompson points out that the mission of the city of Bainbridge’s junior development tennis program is to get players out on the courts and let them experience the fun and excitement of tennis, rather than just learning the skills of the game.

“All of our junior clinics will have a practice day and a play day.” he said. “Fridays are set aside for players to come out and play short scoring matches that take no longer than 30 minutes to complete.

“We encourage life lessons to be learned through sport. Participants are held to a high standard, so that what they learn they can also apply to other areas of their life.”