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Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.
Jean Arseneault of Time-Out Sports, congratulates Tennis Dryden Chairperson, Brian Eschbach on the arrival of more Progressive Tennis equipment. This equipment is immediately being put to use in the Dryden Elementary schools, in order to teach tennis to Intermediate grades. Photo submitted

Tennis Dryden working hard to promote sport in upcoming season

Submitted by Brian Escbach

Tennis Dryden (formerly Dryden TEAM Tennis) is a group of volunteers (started Oct. 2010), working toward two things: 1. Establishing new tennis courts in Dryden and 2. Advancing the great game of tennis in our community!

Tennis is a fun, easy, inexpensive game, for all persons, of all ages, a game that is played one’s whole life; it is low impact, non-contact and produces few injuries. Tennis Dryden is promoting tennis through try, learn, play and compete events.

Tennis Dryden has been working together with Rotary, the City of Dryden, the Dryden Recreation Department, the Kenora Patricia District School Board, the Northwest Health Unit, Neighbourhood Legacy, Dryden Youth Centre and the Ontario Tennis Association and will have some great news to report concerning some new tennis courts in Dryden – Stay tuned!!

Tennis Dryden wants to invite you to try, learn and play tennis for the first time or to try tennis again, for the second or tenth or fiftieth time.

In May 2010, Tennis Canada, introduced a new system of learning and playing tennis called ‘progressive tennis’. This system uses the right sized racquets, low compression tennis balls, smaller nets and playing surfaces. As participants learn to play tennis and have success, that success builds confidence and the opportunity to progress onto the next level.

Last year, 247 folks in Dryden were taught a tennis lesson. While 131 folks are waiting for their tennis lessons – please be patient, we have only so many volunteers.

This spring, Progressive Tennis is being taught at Open Roads School, St. Joseph’s School and New Prospect School, and this instruction will culminate with a Fun Progressive Tennis Intermediate Tournament – providing youth with the opportunity to compete.

Tennis Tuesdays are being provided again as an opportunity for Drydenites to:

l. Learn Progressive Tennis throughout the summer at Milestone Rink, starting in May through to Oct. – 7-9 p.m.

Dryden tennis players had the opportunity to compete in an inaugural fun tournament Kenora-Patricia Tennis Throwdown in Kenora, Aug. 28th 2011. Plans are underway for the 2012 Tennis Throwdown.

For more information email – Brian Eschbach at or check out our FaceBook page. Or, check out the Tennis Dryden webpage at

Tennis Dryden is also seeking volunteers that are interested in marketing, communications, youth representatives, trustees, social conveners and people to work behind the scenes – why not join our team?


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