Pleasanton Weekly

News - December 3, 2010

ClubSport Pleasanton adds five youth tennis courts

Launches 'Quick-Start' tennis program for players 10 and under

by Jeb Bing

ClubSport Pleasanton is the first tennis facility in the San Francisco East Bay to create new regulation size courts for kids and launch a "Quick Start" tennis program for players 10 and under.

Based on the new USTA tennis rules governing competition for 10-and-under tennis tournaments, ClubSport Pleasanton renovated its indoor tennis center to include five youth-sized courts-- four 36-foot courts and one 60-foot court -- to prepare young players for competition.

"Having smaller courts for kids just makes sense," said Marc Moran, USPTA tennis pro and tennis director at ClubSport Pleasanton.

"It's like what's been done in baseball for years, where kids start with t-ball on a small field," he explained. "Now tennis kids can have the same sense of accomplishment at an early age by playing on a smaller court."

Adult and youth tennis programs are on-going at the club, including leagues, private and group lessons. Additional QuickStart programs for the 10 and under set will launch during winter break this month.

In addition to the new youth courts, all the indoor and outdoor courts at the club were resurfaced and all interior court divider nets and tennis nets were replaced. To improve court visibility and energy efficiency, all lighting in the area was upgraded. Two new tennis ball machines were also added for members, and the retail center will now stock regulation size balls and racquets for youths. Even the lounge got an upgraded with new furniture and a new 50-inch flat-screen television.

"We are very fortunate to have indoor courts," Moran said. "Even though we typically have great weather here in the East Bay, there are still about 100 days a year when it's not feasible to play outdoors because of wind or rain."

The tennis upgrades at ClubSport Pleasanton were part of $500,000 in upgrades at the club, which included enlarging the stretch area in the fitness center, adding new cardiovascular and weight training equipment, and remodeling the kid's fitness center.

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