Parks And Recreation Trying To Revive Youth Tennis Camp

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Joe Harris, town parks and recreation athletic coordinator, tries his hand at tennis and gives the ball a mean spin as he serves to Patrick Walker, town recreation supervisor. The parks and recreation department is getting ready for a summer youth tennis camp. The program is open to players in third through 12th grade and begins June 4, at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

After spending about $160,000 to upgrade the Rumsey Park tennis courts, the town parks and recreation department is now gearing up for a banner summer youth tennis camp.

"We are trying to revive an old program and start tennis in Payson," said Joe Harris, town parks and recreation athletic coordinator.

Mark Chua, of Fountain Hills, who is a United States Professional Tennis Association certified instructor, will teach this summer's program.

Harris said Chua has more than 18 years of tennis experience as a player and coach. Among his credits is that he once trained under world-renowned coach Nick Bollettieri.

"He has also coached multiple top-50 nationally ranked juniors," Harris said.

The program is open to aspiring players in third through 12th grade.

Sessions will be held, beginning June 4, on Wednesdays at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

"It will be on a first-come, first-served basis," Harris said. "As soon as one time-slot fills up, we'll move on to the next one."

The class curriculum is expected to include the different skills needed to improve all aspects of the campers' game including forehand, backhand, serving, volleys, slices, singles and doubles play, footwork and strategy.

Registration, which ends May 30, may be completed at the town P&R offices located at Green Valley Park. The fee is $25.

For more information, call Harris at (928) 474-5242, ext. 359.

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