How many times can you play the same person in singles, or against the group of three other players you've gone against the past four or five years? Sure it's fun, great exercise and you give each other a hard time physically and verbally. But come on. It gets boring.
You know them like the back of your hand, and they know you even better.
Some of the folks who organize tennis play for subdivision groups occasionally need to get out and scout new talent. It seems a few of the "old" boys and girls are going on vacation a little too often, don't want to play five times a week anymore, and here and there just die off, which isn't very polite.
So, this year maybe it's time to spread your wings a little, take yourself out of your comfort zone and try something a little different. That's what this column is going to give you, a schedule of new things to try once in a while.
Doubles, singles, mixed doubles, drop-ins, one day tournaments, mixers, subdivision competition, county championships, college classes, clinics, etc., or to just put your name on the Prescott Area Tennis Associations list of players someone can refer to. All of these outlets make tennis easy to jump in on with very little effort.
Are you a potential high school tennis team player? Tryouts started last week and that means you're probably too late this year. But go by the courts and talk with the coaches anyway. Maybe they still need a couple players. Wouldn't hurt, right?
A beginner, advanced beginner or intermediate player? Try the Yavapai College tennis classes that begin March 4 and run through May 4 on Mondays and Wednesdays either at noon-1:10 p.m. or 5:30-6:40 p.m. Register at yc.edu for the 1-credit class.
Can you and a partner add your ages up to 100? Then you qualify for the "Century Doubles Tournament" on Sunday, March 17 from noon to 4 p.m. There will be two divisions for this men's or women's combo of 4.0 and above or 3.5 and less leveled event. Call 928-642-6775 to enter. $15 per person.
Wanna meet some new players and don't know how? Jump in the Sunday, April 28, "PATA Spring Mixer" from noon to 4 p.m. You'll play with a different partner each round (of similar ability). Bring a plate - the main dish and drinks will be provided. $15 per person.
Sunday, May 12 (noon to 4 p.m.) will be our first "Subdivision Doubles Championships." This men's and women's 6.0 and 8.0 leveled contest will consist of two teams from each subdivision as well as a third category for mixed. We'll find out who owns (or recruits) the best players in the area. $15 per player.
And then the start of another summer of "Grand Prix Events." Sundays noon to 4 p.m. Round Robin format. Snacks provided. Singles/$20 per player. Doubles/$15 per player. First eight to sign up for each division. Levels: 3.0/3.5/4.0+ singles: 6.0/7.0/8.0+ doubles.
"Let's PARTY PATA Style" - which is what's going to happen on Sunday, Sept. 15 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Y.C. courts. A band or DJ, lots of tennis, a format of craziness that won't be discussed, food, prizes. A don't-miss event. $15 per person.
The big bang is still the "PATA Yavapai County Tennis Championships", Oct. 4-6, with singles, doubles and mixed events with all levels of play, as well as juniors divisions and 10 and under Quickstart. Look for the applications at the college courts or go to prescottennis.com.
If that isn't enough, there's always "Drop-In-Tennis" every Tuesday and Thursday morning at the Y.C. courts currently at 9:30 a.m. that costs only $1 to join in on. Bring a can of balls and everything else will be put together for three (35-minute) rounds of doubles.
For further tennis information visit the PATA website at prescottennis.com.
And by the way, no more excuses.
Chris Howard is a local USPTA Tennis Professional with over 40 years in the racquet and fitness industry. He can be reached at 928-642-6775 or email@example.com.