Frank Reid, along with Kathy and Bob Hughes and the help of Ashe County Ladies Tennis Coach Vickie Herman have helped to form the league that played every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. till Noon at the high school tennis courts. Now that school is starting, the league will move to the middle school courts and play on Mondays from 3:30 p.m. till 5:30 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. till 11:30 a.m. It is hoped that adults in the area and even some of the middle school teachers will come down and join in the fun. There is no charge and everyone, no matter what his or her skill level, is welcome.
The Adult Tennis League uses a round robin format where everyone gets to play and everyone rotates around each game playing with a new partner. “This format makes it very easy to play people at different ability levels and for everyone to get to know each other. It also allows people to take a break when they get hot or tired and jump back in after they get rested” says tennis coach Vickie Herman. “The emphasis is on just playing to get exercise, not on winning or losing a match. If players want to get more serious, they can schedule a match between themselves and play at another time.”
Ashe has seen the interest in tennis rise over the past few years. The first week of June a four-day tennis clinic was held with almost 60 children attending. This was followed by the Junior Tennis League, partly funded by local merchants and the North Carolina Tennis Association, which operated for five weeks every Tuesday and Thursday, and nearly 50 children participated in it. Now the adults in Ashe County can join the fun and learn the game for a lifetime. Anyone 25 or over can play. Call 877-1457 or 982-3509 for more information.