Serving up some tennis

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 Messenger photo by Rick Palsgrove
 May was National Tennis Month and to encourage people of all ages to pick up a racquet, the U.S. Tennis Association held "Tennis Block Parties" with the help of community tennis organizations. In Groveport, the Tennis Block Party was held at the Groveport Madison High School tennis courts on May 29. The event consisted of tennis, interactive games and attractions, and the opportunity to learn and enjoy the benefits of the game.  The event will debuted the USTA’s innovative new play format called QuickStart Tennis which was created to help children, ages 10 and under, find success learning tennis from the first swing.  Above, Cruiser tennis coach Doug Ewart hits some lobs to novice tennis players who were practicing their swings. Cruiser tennis camps for kids in grades 7-12 will be held June 16-19; and for kids age 12 and under on Mondays and Wednesdays from June 16 to July 16. For information contact Ewart at 836-4967. Tennis at Groveport Madison, and in the community, has come a long way since the school first fielded a tennis team on the former courts (now the lower parking lot) behind Groveport Elementary in 1958. Now, besides tennis courts at the high school and Middle School South, there are also courts in the village of Groveport’s Degenhart Park.

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