They just want to hit the ball -- They don’t know who Andre Agassi is. Nor Andy Roddick or James Blake. Not Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe or Jim Courier. They’ve never heard of Venus or Serena Williams.   They just want to hit the ball.  'I like it because we get to play fun games,' says Bianca Voss, 5, who participates in after school tennis lessons at Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center at Cambier Park in Naples along with Julia Schofield, 5, left, and other area children.  Schofield’s highest priority during practice: to make sure her bunny ears stayed on.  'This program is not for the serious tournament tennis player,' said coach Steve Bogdanoff, who has coached program, which runs from 3-5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, for five years. 'It’s for the kid who might become the serious tournament tennis player.'  Voss’ dad jokes that that is exactly what he is counting on. 'She’s my retirement strategy,' says Klaus Voss.  After hitting a ball back over the net, Voss throws her hands in the air and yells 'I love this game.'  Matt Molloy, 4, has been playing tennis for five weeks. He knows one thing for certain, 'I’m better than my dad,' he says.  Alexis BanDien, 5, has been playing for only a couple weeks and admits hitting the ball is what she likes most about the game. After practice, she peers into a plastic jar that holds leaves and katydid, which, she lets everyone around her know, is a cousin to the grasshopper.  'I like serves,' says Allie Wright, 6. She and her brother, Matt, 9, have been playing for about two months.  Their mom Mona Wright tried to get them excited about seeing Jim Courier when he was in town recently for a tournament. 'I told them he was a famous tennis player,' she said laughing. 'I don’t know if they were impressed or not.'  'Tennis is a lifelong sport,' says Wright, who watches her children from a covered area between tennis courts. 'How many people play soccer in their 30s? But people play tennis their whole life.'  Coach Bogdanoff agrees. 'Even if they don’t play much between now and when they are adults, they’ll always know the game.'  Published April 2, 2007

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They just want to hit the ball -- They don’t know who Andre Agassi is. Nor Andy Roddick or James Blake. Not Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe or Jim Courier. They’ve never heard of Venus or Serena Williams. They just want to hit the ball. "I like it because we get to play fun games," says Bianca Voss, 5, who participates in after school tennis lessons at Arthur L. Allen Tennis Center at Cambier Park in Naples along with Julia Schofield, 5, left, and other area children. Schofield’s highest priority during practice: to make sure her bunny ears stayed on. "This program is not for the serious tournament tennis player," said coach Steve Bogdanoff, who has coached program, which runs from 3-5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, for five years. "It’s for the kid who might become the serious tournament tennis player." Voss’ dad jokes that that is exactly what he is counting on. "She’s my retirement strategy," says Klaus Voss. After hitting a ball back over the net, Voss throws her hands in the air and yells "I love this game." Matt Molloy, 4, has been playing tennis for five weeks. He knows one thing for certain, "I’m better than my dad," he says. Alexis BanDien, 5, has been playing for only a couple weeks and admits hitting the ball is what she likes most about the game. After practice, she peers into a plastic jar that holds leaves and katydid, which, she lets everyone around her know, is a cousin to the grasshopper. "I like serves," says Allie Wright, 6. She and her brother, Matt, 9, have been playing for about two months. Their mom Mona Wright tried to get them excited about seeing Jim Courier when he was in town recently for a tournament. "I told them he was a famous tennis player," she said laughing. "I don’t know if they were impressed or not." "Tennis is a lifelong sport," says Wright, who watches her children from a covered area between tennis courts. "How many people play soccer in their 30s? But people play tennis their whole life." Coach Bogdanoff agrees. "Even if they don’t play much between now and when they are adults, they’ll always know the game." Published April 2, 2007

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