Free Tennis Classes in Full Swing at Cottonwood Tennis Club

Al Wagner, director of the classes, with Barbara Jorgensen, one of his assistants.

Free classes began on Monday, Oct. 11, at the Cottonwood courts at 7 p.m. The classes are open to anyone interested in learning tennis. You do not have to be a member of CTC or even live in Sun Lakes to attend. Many of Cottonwood’s best players either started from scratch with the lessons or hadn’t played in years and wanted to brush up on their game. Several courts may be used so that beginners are on a different court than more experienced players.

Classes include the basic fundamentals, from how to hold a racket, proper stance when receiving a ball, how to hit the ball correctly, placement of the ball for different shots, serving, strategy in doubles play as well as singles play, and much more. If you own a racket, bring it. If not, there will be some available at the courts. Balls are provided. You must wear tennis shoes.

The staff of the free classes are all people with extensive experience in tennis and teaching. The line-up of teachers this year is slightly different than in the past. The director of the group will be Al Wagner. He will be assisted by Paul Eskridge, Barbara Jorgensen, Ollie Johnson, and several others. Longtime coordinator Pierre Moresi has temporarily opted out for medical reasons. We wish him well.

So, if you always yearned to learn tennis but never got around to it, this is your chance, and it’s free. Show up on Monday nights at 7 p.m. You will have a great time, and we guarantee you’ll meet some wonderful people.

For additional information about classes, contact Al Wagner at 480-802-7142. For information about joining Cottonwood Tennis Club, contact [email protected]