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Tennis Apprentice 2 Enjoys Wildly Successful Launch!


Through one of the hottest seasons on record in Columbia, SC, USTA South Carolina rolled out Tennis Apprentice 2, the inaugural hybrid program designed to get new adult players off the couch and into the game.

Tennis Apprentice, the popular beginner adult tennis program offered by USTA, has produced hundreds of new adult tennis players in South Carolina. Once they graduated from the TA program, however, there was nowhere else to go but directly into league play. At the same time, USTA SC was developing a potential bridge league program that enabled beginning adult players to enter league play more easily.

Tennis Apprentice 2 was created from the perspective of the league newcomer and was designed to demystify the confusion that comes with something brand new. The program essentially is a warm handoff from beginner tennis to league play. The 8-week session includes an in-classroom instruction about TennisLink and other rules and regulations of league play, combined with on-court league simulated play.

Players learned when and how to pay for courts during the league season and to bring balls to matches. Divided into teams before TA2 began, teams chose their own captains, who assumed those duties immediately, coordinating players into doubles and singles. On-court tennis navigators roamed the courts during 8 consecutive Saturdays of play to offer advice and counsel on rules, scoring or etiquette.

Nearly 70 adult players signed up for 8 weeks of Tennis Apprentice 2 this summer, and almost 75 percent have moved into league play. 

The next session of Tennis Apprentice 2 is tentatively scheduled for early fall in Greenville. If there are TA graduates and others in your area of South Carolina who want to come back to the game, contact Sheryl McAlister at USTA, for additional information.