Douglas County kids practice first tennis swings |

Douglas County kids practice first tennis swings

Susanne Haala

ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. –┬áBouncing, forehand, backhand and getting the feeling of how to hit the ball; these were the basic tennis instructions for kids at the Zephyr Cove Park last weekend.

The 29th Annual Tahoe Tennis Classic organizers offered free clinics to children starting at 6 years and up.

Zephyr Cove Tennis Club’s head coach and pro Rob Wheatley and Hersh Herschman invited the kids to practice just like the pros Roger Federer or Serena Williams at Roland Garros or the U.S Open.

“It was a very good clinic and everybody was happy and very appreciative,” Herschman said.

Herschman, together with Wheatley and other members of Zephyr Cove Tennis Club, taught the kids all basic swings and serves and served a pizza lunch that was sponsored by local restaurant Capisce.

“They got a tennis racquet and they are ready to go,” trainer and volunteer John Gianotti said. “We only do this every year and normally 25 kids participate.”

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Overall, 55 kids participated in this year’s clinic on both Saturday and Sunday.

“We had two exceptional girls and one boy so far,” Herschman said, praising his new young talents.

After the kids ate lunch, they got to practice the second and harder part of the tennis game – serving.

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