by Bob Horowitz


This is my first article as co-chair of our tennis committee; our other co-chair is Sydell Leif, and together we look forward to putting together a fun-filled season of tennis that includes the rotation and some special events we are planning for you.

We welcome back our pro, Jim Boardman, who is available for lessons, tennis clinics and racquet maintenance (stringing and wrapping). Free tennis clinics begin Monday, December 15 from 11:30 am to noon for beginners and Friday, December 19 from 11:30 am to noon for intermediates. Private and group lesson are available including 3 players plus the pro doubles strategy. See Jim at the tennis office for more details.

Inter-condo tennis starts January 5 for the women and January 8 for the men. We plan to have nine teams representing Palm Greens, five men's and four women's. All dues for the team activity must be paid by December 15. Please see your team captains for additional information.

Our Palm Greens Golden Girls team is halfway through their season and under the guidance of coach, Terry Healy are fighting hard to maintain their second place position. Stay tuned for further developments.

Our special events dates for this season are January 11, for the Round Robin and March 1, for an event still in the planning stage. Please mark your calendars as we think both events will be fun and filled with surprises.

As we get ready to kick off our inter-condo and rotation activities, please remember you have to sign up for both events at the tennis office. There is a one-time fee for the rotation, $10, which covers the cost for new balls and registration. A tennis committee person will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 am to noon, to sign you up. The Tennis Rotation program allows you to play competitive tennis with players of your level. You will also get to play with people you might not know (we have seen good friendships start in the program) as well as old friends. All in all, it's a good way to enjoy an hour-plus of tennis three days a week.

Finally, we invite you to come into the tennis office and meet the folks who manage the rotation program, take care of your tennis activities and try to keep the game interesting and enjoyable for one and all. Your new co-chairs are looking forward to meeting you, too.

Bob's Tennis Tip: return the ball to the weaker opponent.