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Youth and adult tennis opportunities throughout summer

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.
Kenny Pham returns the ball to Brett Caren during their July 16 match at Milestone. A&W Youth Tennis League runs every Monday and Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Milestone rink. Photo by Samantha Hawkins

By Samantha Hawkins

Tennis Dryden received a big boost from Neighbourhood Legacy, to the tune of $7,000. This money, says Tennis Dryden organizer Brian Eschbach will go to buy a ball machine and stringing machine, which will be able to repair all types of rackets.

“We are very grateful for the donation, and when we get this (stringing machine) going, it will be making money for tennis in Dryden.”

The group will continue with fundraising efforts and hope to have Milstone re-surfaced, they are just waiting on approval from the city, but Eschbach says they plan to make Milestone as ‘tennis friendly’ as possible going forward to both encourage further participation in the sport and also lessen Dryden players’ disadvantage.

“Right now when we play its on asphalt, so is slow. Every time the ball hits the ground it slows right down, which is good,” he chuckles,” but when we go to play on regular courts we’re at a disadvantage because its coming in so fast all of a sudden.”

Tennis Dryden is currently waiting to receive their incorporation number, which Eschbach says will help them with their fundraising efforts and for now they are setting up a temporary home in Milestone as they hope to eventually set up courts in Rotary Park.

“We don’t want to compete with soccer in terms of their efforts. We want to support what they’re trying to do because in the end we will benefit from the building they build as well.”

Eschbach received his national coaching certification level 1 tennis instructor and taught 275 kids this year, primarily through 4 area schools. Of those 275, 60 participated in a tournament at New Prospect School and with the A&W Youth Tennis league going on all summer for ages 9-13, Monday’s and Thursday’s get a little busy at Milestone. Starting around 7 p.m., registered participants meet to play a series of matches and learn a few new tricks.

Tennis Dryden is also looking to teach you a few new tricks and will provide a free lesson for those who are interested. They supply all of the equipment, one would just need to bring running shoes, and you can contact Brian at eschbach@drytel.net to arrange a lesson and give tennis a try for free.

For those already interested in tennis and wanting to compete, Tennis Dryden has an adult men’s ladder and adult women’s ladder, with registration possible through their Facebook page “Tennis Dryden”

Tennis season will wrap up with the Kenora Patricia Tennis Throw Down on Saturday, September 6. This is the tournament’s fourth year and Eschbach says this year there will be a trophy, made from old tennis rackets, going to the top tennis community.

“There is an established points system, the more people that play and the more that win from the community, the better chance they have of taking the trophy home.”

 

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