FGCU to Serve as Tennis Welcome Center
Tuesday, February 01, 2005
FORT MYERS --- As part of a nationwide effort to introduce people to the benefits of tennis, the United States Tennis Association and Tennis Industry Association have launched a network of over 3,300 Tennis Welcome Centers. The tennis facility at Florida Gulf Coast University is the most recent facility to be designated as an official USTA Tennis Welcome Center. The Welcome Centers, which were first introduced in March 2004, will offer players new to the game or former players looking to sharpen their skills an opportunity to “Learn to Play Tennis…FAST” through an introductory program taught by certified tennis professionals, FGCU coaches and players. FGCU women’s coach Fred Drilling, currently ranked 11th in the world in the 60-year-old and over division, and men’s coach J. Webb Horton and their respective teams will begin a eight-week program of lessons beginning Saturday, February 1 and continuing each Saturday through March 26. All age groups are welcome to participate and, if necessary, equipment will be provided for those in need. Clinics begin each Saturday on the FGCU courts outside Alico Arena at 9:00 a.m. “This is a chance for the FGCU tennis teams to continue to get more involved in the community and to thank the community for the tremendous support that has already been given through attendance at the tennis matches, volunteers for the tournaments held at FGCU, and donations for the tennis programs,” said Drilling. “We have such a great group of young men and women that we want to share their abilities and enthusiasm with all the local communities.” Interested participants can contact Coach Drilling in the FGCU Women’s Tennis Office at 239-590-7008.