Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation  
Tennis Newsletter | February 2014 |
Spring Catalog Available Online


If all the snow and cold weather is giving you a touch of the winter blues, it's a great time to think ahead to spring with our Spring Programs & Activities Catalog! The new catalog is available online and registration is underway! 

Time to Restring Your Racquet?


Tennis truth: elasticity and tension begin to decrease the moment they are installed on a racquet. Strings which have lost their tension cut down on the performance of a racquet and hamper your ability to generate power and pace. 


The frequency of restringing depends on the player and the racquet. Here is a good rule of thumb for how often to restring:


Restring the racquet as many times in a year as you play in a week.
For example, if the racquet is used three times per week, it should be restrung three times per year. See the Pro Shop at Owl Creek for turn-around times on racquet repairs.
Weekly Clinics 


Cardio Tennis (all levels) | $15

Tue & Fri | 9-10 am 


Men's & Ladies Night Out (3.5 & up) | $21

Tue & Thur | 7:30-9 pm

As some of these clinics fill, please call (757) 385-2695 the day before to reserve your place.

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Winter Court Seasonals & League Play


Do you have a group of players looking to keep their game in form? Or a weekly match with a friend? Owl Creek is offering a 14-week seasonal for $945. We have some great times left, but hurry, or you might miss out!


Interested in league play? Visit and for more information about leagues that play at Owl Creek.
Drop-In for Some Cardio Tennis!


Cardio Tennis Cardio Tennis is a high-energy fitness activity that combines the best features of the sport of tennis with cardiovascular exercise, delivering a full-body, calorie-burning aerobic workout. It is a very social and fun class for players of all ability levels taught by a tennis teaching professional. 


If you've never played tennis before, Cardio Tennis is a great way to be introduced to the sport. If you are an experienced high level tennis player, it's a great way to train for tennis. Every Tuesday and Friday morning, come kick start your day with our Cardio Tennis workout led by pro Ramel Bautista. Cost is $15 per class.

Pro Tip: Scouting During Singles Play
By Owl Creek Staff


During warm up, watch where your opponent places his serves and service returns. Most likely, these will be the same spots on the court during the match. Seeing this allows you to get to the ball quicker and plan your returns.

Beach Blast Returns to Owl Creek in April


Beach Blast

As part of the Adapted Tennis initiative of Virginia Tennis, the Third Annual Wayne D. McCoy Beach Blast will be held on Saturday, April 26th at Owl Creek Tennis Center. The Beach Blast uses the "Unified" format, which pairs players with intellectual disabilities with tennis playing volunteers in a doubles round robin. The event is open to all Special Olympic athletes.


Last year featured 40 athletes and over 70 volunteers with participants not only from the Tidewater area, but from as far away as Arlington. In addition to full court match play, short court tennis and skills will also be part of the activities. The short court matches utilize the Special Olympic 42' court format with the red felt tennis ball, while the skills athletes demonstrate their proficiency with the basic tennis strokes. 


Last year's sponsors included Virginia Tennis, Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation, The Virginia Beach Tennis Patrons, Virginia Tennis Foundation and Special Olympics of Virginia. For more information on the tournament, please contact

Youth Spring Break Tennis Camp - April 14-18


Your child will enjoy a fun, exciting week of tennis at our Spring Break Tennis Camp! Players of all levels will learn the basic strokes, rules of the game, and proper tennis etiquette. Check out this video to see the camp in action! There will also be a pizza party on the last day of camp. 


Camp takes place at Owl Creek Tennis Center from 9 am to noon, April 14-18. Open to ages 5-17. Cost is $140 for the week. You can register online beginning Saturday, or in person at Owl Creek Tennis Center or any Virginia Beach Recreation Center.

Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation believes all of our diverse citizens have a right to participate in community recreation and we are committed to creating equal access for everyone who may have a challenge or barrier. If you or your child require additional support, we can help. Learn more about our accommodation and inclusion services.
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

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