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10 and Under Team Tennis Coming to Beaufort County

April 29, 2014 10:36 AM

Team tennis is growing and getting sized right in Beaufort County this summer.

For the first time, area kids 10 and younger will have the chance to play organized team tennis through USTA South Carolina and its Beaufort County partners.

The kids also will play together on smaller courts with shorter nets and use age-appropriate equipment, including lower-bouncing balls and smaller racquets.

The kid-friendly setting helps children enjoy tennis from the first time the play.

10 and Under Tennis Carnival

When: 9-10:30 a.m., Saturday

Where: Tennisclub of the Lowcountry at Rose Hill, 9 Clubhouse Drive, Bluffton

What: Kids will play games, learn basic racquet skills and win prizes.

Cost: Free


Questions: Call Eric Wammock, 843-301-2113

For years, kids 10 and older on and around Hilton Head Island have enjoyed USTA Jr. Team Tennis, six-week seasons of team tennis practice and match play for kids. But this summer will be the first time area kids 10 and younger also will get to experience JTT.

Kids and families can learn more about JTT and 10 and Under Tennis on Saturday during a free carnival in Bluffton.

Organizers say the new JTT division will help introduce tennis to all kids. The tennis pros also believe the team play will help kids 10 and younger experience matches without the pressures of playing in a tournament.

“This gives them a fun, introductory way to play tennis,” said Eric Wammock, a long-time Hilton Head Island tennis professional who will be leading the JTT 10 and under division.

Wammock owns Hilton Head Island Tennis, where he has been for five years. He also taught tennis at the Sea Pines Resort for 17 years.

He is leading this new opportunity to help more kids experience tennis, a sport they can play for as long as they live.

Wammock also believes USTA Jr. Team Tennis has a lot to offer families and children.

For kids who currently play tennis, he said, JTT turns tennis into a team sport where they’re competing and playing with other kids their skill level and age.

For kids who don’t play tennis, Wammock said, JTT lets them try tennis with friends so the boy or girl doesn’t feel all alone on the court while he or she is learning the game.

Robert Brown also has seen the benefits of JTT.

Brown, the boys and girls tennis coach at Bluffton High School, has organized JTT leagues on and around Hilton Head Island for about the past 10 years through Public Tennis Inc. of Beaufort County. The new 10 and under division will be administered through the PTI organization as well.

Brown especially likes JTT because kids experience team bonding and playing for others through the program.

“It’s the best product out there to get kids playing not just for themselves,” he said.

The Tennis Association of Hilton Head Island has shown its support for the new JTT division as well. The USTA community tennis association is helping pay for the fun carnivals and the promotional efforts for the 10 and under division, Wammock said.