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Tennis Newsletter | March 2010 |
Spring Back Into Tennis 
Tennis PlayerWe're sure everyone is excited to see Old Man Winter exit and spring arrive.  With the beginning of the new season, it is very important to gradually get back into the physical demands of tennis. 
One of the most common complaints from players is soreness in the elbow.  If you are suffering from "tennis elbow," here are some useful treatment options and exercise routines that will allow you to get back on the court as quickly as possible.
Spring Registration
Registration for spring tennis programs begins this Saturday, March 13. We offer daytime and evening classes to meet your schedule.  Family tennis and youth classes are available as well. 
View our catalogs using the links to the right to see specific offerings and sign up online through EZreg.
Spring/Summer Seasonals
If you are looking for a weekly seasonal time for a group, we have a limited number of slots available for spring and summer.  Please email for information.
Looking for a League?
Spring Adult League - Contact Karen Steenberg at League play begins Sunday, March 28. 
Spring Mixed League - Contact Debra Trent at, or by phone at 464-4236.
Luncheon League - Contact the Owl Creek Pro Shop at 385-2695 for current captain listings.
Spring Break Youth Tennis Camp 
Youth PlayerIf your child is new to the game of tennis, Spring Break Tennis Camp is the perfect opportunity to learn the basic strokes, general rules and proper tennis etiquette. This is an introductory camp for youth ages 5-17 in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.
Held at Owl Creek Tennis Center, April 5-9 from 9:00 am to noon.  The camp costs $145 and registration is available online through EZreg. Space is limited, so register early! 
Pro Tip: Which Way to Turn on the Lob
 by Owl Creek Staff
Have you found yourself chasing down a lob and ending up too close to the ball to make an effective shot?  The key is to not run directly to the ball. This tactic usually puts you too close to the ball causing an awkward shot attempt and usually a put away for your opponent.

Tips for Turning on the Lob
  1. Whichever shoulder the lob goes over, turn the opposite way to begin to run.
  2. Make an arc to the ball.  This will allow plenty of room for a comfortable swing.
  3. As you're running, start preparing the racquet for the shot.
  4. Don't panic. You usually have more time than you think.  Sometimes, there is even time to take a quick glance at your opponent to see their court position.
  5. Play the best defensive shot you can and recover to the required court position.
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Round Robin
Resumes April 2
Held Fridays from 5:30 - 7:00 pm
All levels welcome, social atmosphere
$12 to sign up
Call by Thursday to add your name and partner to the list


Drop-In Clinics
Held Wednesdays from 9:00 - 10:30 am
If possible, call the pro shop 24 hours in advance at 385-2695
Owl Creek Municipal Tennis Center
Location: 928 S. Birdneck Road, Virginia Beach | Phone: (757) 385-2695
Hours: Monday - Friday: 9am - 9pm | Saturday and Sunday: 9am - 5pm
We welcome your comments and questions.  Feel free to email us at
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