Pickleball benefits players in City Kids Junior Tennis

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 Christian Hansen 14,  reaches to return a pickleball during Kids Junior Tennis Camp at the Marco Island Racquet Center.

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Submitted by Jodi Pree Christian Hansen 14, reaches to return a pickleball during Kids Junior Tennis Camp at the Marco Island Racquet Center.

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 Camilla Reyes and Robert Brus share high fives after winning a point in a pickleball match at the Marco Island Racquet Center. Pickleball was part of improving agility in the Marco Island Racquet Center's Kids Junior Tennis Camp.

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Submitted by Jodi Pree Camilla Reyes and Robert Brus share high fives after winning a point in a pickleball match at the Marco Island Racquet Center. Pickleball was part of improving agility in the Marco Island Racquet Center's Kids Junior Tennis Camp.

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 Coach Wayne Clark with members of the Marco Island Racquet Center's Kids Junior Tennis Camp. Pickle Pro, LLC donated 15 racquets to the center to be used as part of the tennis camp.

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Submitted by Jodi Pree Coach Wayne Clark with members of the Marco Island Racquet Center's Kids Junior Tennis Camp. Pickle Pro, LLC donated 15 racquets to the center to be used as part of the tennis camp.

Another successful Marco Island Racquet Center City Kids Summer Camp came to an end last week.

Many campers return year after year and have been pleasantly surprised with the permanent addition of pickleball.

Tennis pro Wayne Clark briefly introduced the kids to the pickleball basics last summer, but this summer they have been working on advanced strategy and skill.

“Pickleball has made it really easy for the kids to become serve and volley players in their tennis games. It has greatly improved the player’s confidence at the net with volleys and put-aways and they’ve become more aggressive, too,” he said.

Clark created a fun game of pickleball for the younger juniors by using a small beach ball instead of the traditional pickleball (which is similar to a whiffle ball). The larger ball gives the kids more time to prepare their strokes and gives them added faith in their follow-through.

“The kids have had a great time working on their overall tennis game, working together by playing doubles, and making friendships. Their smiles and excitement really make the Racquet Center come alive,” he said.

City Kids Juniors Program at the Marco Island Racquet Center begins a new session on Aug. 19. For more information go to www.marco-island-tennis.com or call Clark at 239-450-6161.

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