Turnout was good for the annual tennis camp held at Ashe County High School as approximately 50 participants attended the four-day camp.
“I am very excited and pleased with the turnout for our clinic,” said varsity head coach and camp organizer Larry Dix. “As tennis coach at the high school, I love to see this kind of interest in tennis, and particularly glad to see youth getting started at a younger age.”
Campers learned proper tennis playing techniques and skills necessary to play the sport.
Lees-McRae tennis head coach and club pro at Deer Valley Racquet Club, Aaron Peterson, led the camp, with assistance from other instructors as well.
The camp was divided into elementary and middle school students in the earlier session, followed by high school athletes and adults in the later session.
With the positive results from this year’s camp, Coach Dix hopes to see tennis grow in the county.
“I am trying to promote tennis more in our community at a younger age so they can develop skills and fundamentals in tennis like they do in other sports,” said Dix.
Coach Dix would also like to see club tennis developed in the county, something he feels is certainly possible based on the interest level of the summer clinic.
While the camp did come to an end, tennis enthusiasts should be on the lookout for more tennis events this summer as Coach Dix is planning on hosting other events at the high school to keep the interest level high in the sport.