To the outside observer, a tennis club practice might be mistaken for a group of friends playing tennis. The
“relaxing and un- competitve environment” described by Club President Yasmine Owen, a sophomore, be-lies the club’s status as a formally established organization. The club is open to interested students of all levels of experience.
Practices begin with stretches and light rallies. After warm-ups, players pair off for singles games, or form groups of four people for doubles.
Coach and Eckerd alumnus Shikha Singh joins the club members every Thursday to lead the club in drills, and give valuable tips and suggestions to individual players.
Some players like Freshman Ilyana Rose- Davila, who is returning to the sport after years of not playing, find the advice of the coach and other members extremely helpful. “Even though it’s been awhile since I played tennis, the tennis club has been really sup- portive and helped me to relearn a pastime that I thought I had lost completely.”
The general atmosphere of the club is friendly and encouraging to new players, according to some members, like Freshman Brian Jenkins. “I get to hang out with my buddies and get great exercise,” said Jenkins.
The tennis club also has a wide range of skill levels. Players with more experience seeking competitive games can play against each other and can even participate in inter- collegiate tournaments.
New players will always find a friendly and supportive environment, and can borrow a temporary racket if necessary.
The club meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 7-8 p.m. at the tennis courts. Contact Yasmine Owen by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.