Volume VII/ Issue 9/ October 2020
This is Tennis in Rockingham County
Watching the US Open this year was a unique experience.The event took was unlike any ever seen before, not just because of the pandemic restrictions, but because the former Open champion defaulted and was removed from play. He let his frustration get the best of him. Obviously unhappy with his performance, he took a ball from his pocket, bounced it low, swung his racket, and hit it...without looking where it would be headed. The ball hit a judge’s throat. Ouch! The player was obviously concerned for the well being of his unintended target, but you could almost see the concern in his face transform into a realization of what this meant. After some polite deliberation, the official’s decision was made and he left the court and immediately left the grounds. He’s not the first player to be removed for this offense and he received no special treatment as the best in the world. What lessons lie for us to teach our children and ourselves by this situation!! Self control, situational awareness, respect of authority, graciousness, humility and resilience. In other words, “Mistakes are the portals of discovery!”-James Joyce

The men’s final ended up being a spectacular display between some lesser known players...a four hour match of talent, endurance, and sportsmanship! And a grand reward for fans who may have been disappointed that the #1 ATP Seed was taken out of competition. Another lesson to be had..."Opportunities are never lost...someone is always there to take the one you missed!" Andy Rooney

Be sure to take the opportunity to get outside and discover tennis this Fall! The cooler temps are calling....“See you on the Courts!”

Liz Luking
President, RCTA Board of Directors
Fall Tennis Programs in Rockingham County
TENNIS EXCELLENCE PROGRAM
Jaycee Park, Reidsville
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-7:30 pm
Youth age 10+
Free

This free program is for players age 10+ who are serious about improving their skills. Meet Coach Chuck Faint and his granddaugon the court for drills and match play. 
PAT'S TENNIS ACES - OCTOBER
Deep Springs Club, Stoneville

YOUTH TENNIS CLASSES
Tuesday/Thursdays (twice a week)
September 13-November 5
Ages 11 and Under 4-5p
$80/$96 member/non-member
Ages 12-18 5-6:30p
$120/$160 member/non-member
Half price second child

ADULT TENNIS CLASSES
*NEW* BEGINNER ADULTS
Tuesdays 6:30 - 7:30p September 8-29
$40/$60 member/non-member

CARDIO TENNIS
Tuesdays 7:30-8:30p September 8-29
$40/$60 member/non-member

Adults Intermediate+
Thursdays 6:30-8p July 16-August 6
$60/$80 member non-member
PAT'S TENNIS ACES - OCTOBER
Eden Family YMCA, Eden NC

YOUTH TENNIS CLASSES
Monday/Wednesday (twice a week)
Ages 11 and Under 4-5p
$80/$96 YMCA member/potential member
Ages 12-18 5-6:30p
$120/$160 YMCA member/potential member
Half price second child

ADULT TENNIS CLASSES
*NEW* BEGINNER ADULTS
Mondays 6:30 - 7:30p $40/$60 YMCA member/potential member

CARDIO TENNIS
Mondays 7:30-8:30p
$40/$60 YMCA member/potential member

Adults Intermediate+
Wednesdays 6:30-8p
$60/$80 YMCA member/potential member
Tennis NEWS in Rockingham County
NEW BACKBOARD
Bridge Street Recreation Center
319 North Bridge Street, Eden

Grab your racket and head over some for some practice against the wall. Courts wet? Use the squeegee to roll them dry.
RCTA donated $250 to Eden Parks and Recreation for materials for the backboard. 
ABLILITIES TENNIS
James and Mitsue Hunt of Abilities Tennis visit with His Path Development Day program athletes on the courts at Jaycee Park.

Mount Jubilee Ministries is a Christ-centered ministry which partners with individuals who have special needs, their families and our community to provide opportunities for productive living.
Visit www.atanc.org to learn more about adaptive tennis programs like this across North Carolina.
EDEN YMCA receives $2000 USTA Southern Facility Cares Grant to reopen

The four clay tennis courts at the Eden Y opened in early June for Greensboro YMCA network members with new signage for safe play along with additional sanitizing stations and new online court reservation system. The two indoor courts at Western Rockingham YMCA in Mayodan reopened with limited hours on September 8.