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Tahoe Tennis Academy moves to Zephyr Cove; camp starts June 29

Tribune staff report

ZEPHYR COVE — Tennis professional Justin Clark is bringing his intensive Tahoe Tennis Academy to Zephyr Cove Tennis Club this summer. The 18-year-old program is for players ages 5-14 — whether the youngsters are beginners or more seasoned, it offers curriculum for all abilities.

"We are excited to have this academy at our club this summer," ZCTC Foundation president Carolyn Wright said. "Justin's program will bring an element to our courts that has been missing."

Clark has been running the Tahoe Tennis Academy since 2004 when he took it over from founder Pat Fagen. This year's camp is scheduled to start June 29.

"The evolution of the academy has been tremendous because more young people want to learn to play tennis and continue to improve their strokes," Clark said. "This course is all about infusing a love of the game into young people and getting them to be lifelong players."

Tahoe Tennis Academy will run for six weeks from June 29 to Aug. 12. Players have the option of signing up for the entire program or one week at a time.

Full tuition for ages 7 to 14 is $375, which includes four-and-a-half hours of instruction per week for six weeks, a T-shirt and junior racket — cost for ages 5 to 6 is $275, with three hours of tennis per week, a shirt and racket. Weekly play is $75 for ages 7 to 14 and $55 for ages 5 to 6.

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The Slammer Program is for ages 5 to 6 and runs from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. The Challenger Program has two levels for older players — 2 to 3:30 p.m. and 3:30 to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Youngsters are able participate in both groups if desired.

Space at the camp is limited. More information and the registration form are available online at http://www.justinclark.usptapro.com.

Zephyr Cove Tennis Club has six courts nestled in the woods overlooking Lake Tahoe that are open to the public. The foundation is the nonprofit that runs the six courts at Zephyr Cove Park under a multiyear contract with Douglas County.

The club offers lessons for all ages, membership, social mixers and open play — it is located on Warrior Way off Highway 50 in Zephyr Cove. For more info, visit http://www.zctennis.com.