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Programming Ideas: Summer Tennis Options

With summer rapidly approaching, you and your club tennis teammates will be parting ways for a few months to gain "real world" experience.  Perhaps you'll be wlring at internships that pay peanuts.  Or you could be traveling the world with everything you need on your back.  Or maybe you'll just be spending some quality time at home.  While summer may mean time off from classes and exams, it does not have to mean time off from tennis!  The USTA and ITA have several summer tennis options for everyone:

USTA League Tennis: Established in 1979 to provide adult recreational tennis players throughout the country with the opportunity to compete against players of similar ability levels, USTA League Tennis now has approximately 550,000 participants.  Many college players find that joining a league tennis team is a great way to continue playing and improve their game during the summer.  If several members of your team are in the same area, you could form a team of your own!  Leagues are available for all ability levels across the country.  For more information, visit the USTA League Tennis homepage at http://www.usta.com/leagues.

USTA Tournament Tennis: Most tournaments take place over a weekend and are run as singles and/or doubles draws.  Just like with USTA League Tennis, USTA Tournament Tennis is available across the country.  The tournament calendar is always changing to include more events.  For more information or to enter a tournament in your area, visit the USTA Tournament Tennis homepage at http://www.usta.com/tournament.

ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit: Formed in 2003, the ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit now has 24 regional circuit events that will take place from California to New Hampshire in July.  These events will culminate in the 2006 ITA National Summer Championships at Indiana University from August 12-16.  The ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit draws many varsity collegiate tennis players, but it is open to all amateurs - including collegiate club tennis players!  For more information or to enter a circuit event in your area, visit the ITA Collegiate Summer Circuit homepage at http://www.itatennis.com/SummerCircuit/Summer06.htm.

Summer Tennis Employment Opportunities: Do you want to stay involved with tennis this summer but fear you won't be on the court as often as you'd like because you have to work?  Why not do both at the same time?  The 4 Star Summer Camps at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville is looking for tennis counselors.  Contact Ann Grubbs at grubbs@4starcamps.com or 800-426-0894.

Peter Kaplan's Westhampton Beach (N.Y.) Jr. Adult Tennis Academy is also looking for qualified staff.  Please send your résumé, salary requirements, history, references, and dates of availability to peterkaplan2002@yahoo.com or call 914-234-9462.