Aspen Tennis Club serves up a new season
The Aspen Times
With the kickoff of the tennis majors taking off at the French Open in Paris, the local tennis scene is gearing up for a busy summer season.
“We will be officially open for court reservations starting Tuesday, May 27, and getting into the full swing of things the beginning of June,” said Gary Quandt, director of tennis at the Aspen Golf and Tennis Club. “Our first major event will be an open house on Saturday, May 31. The tennis will be free all day with organized activities.”
He said the staff will be available from noon to 3 p.m. on May 31 during the open house. A serving clinic is scheduled for 1 p.m.
The ball machine also will be available.
“Come by and learn about all of our programs for the summer and meet the staff,” said Quandt, who also serves as the Aspen High School boys tennis coach.
He said the adult classes at the Aspen Tennis Club will begin June 2.
Junior classes will start June 9.
Quandt said the Aspen Tennis Club has monthly memberships available this year.
“The membership must be 30 days consecutive and gives you free court access and reduced ball-machine rates,” Quandt said. In addition, those who sign up for three months will get membership until Sept. 30.
Single, couple and family memberships are available.
Registration is available online. The court reservation system also is online. The website is http://www.aspenrecreaton.com/activities/public-tennis.
Punch cards for lessons also are available online.
“We will have a Saturday drop-in doubles play starting June 14 for all levels of play (9:30-11 a.m.),” Quandt said.
Cost is $10, which includes a new can of balls and court rental.
Quandt said there will be three tournaments over the sumer.
The first is a fundraiser for the Aspen Animal Shelter, an adult NTRP-sanctioned tourney, as well as a nonsanctioned tournament over Labor Day weekend.
A sanctioned junior tournament will be held Aug. 8-10.
Quandt said Gayle Godwin has taken over as head tennis professional at the Aspen Tennis Club this summer.
She is the former director of tennis at the Snowmass Club.
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