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PUTTING IN THE HARD WORK: Tennis camp opens with large number of kids

The Andalusia Tennis Association kicked off its 17th annual tennis camp on Tuesday with a record number of campers.

“The summer tennis camp had its largest turnout for the beginner class,” John Vick said. “Approximately 40 youngsters showed up for the first day of camp.”

On Tuesday, campers in beginner class started by learning the basics of tennis.

Everything from how to stand to how to grip the racket was shown by instructor Paul Smith.

The more advanced classes jumped right on the court and practiced their various swings.

As the camp goes on, the kids will continue to learn more in-depth aspects of the game.

The camp will conclude with each class playing a tournament.

“It’s a sport that you can play for your entire life,” Smith said. “I honestly don’t know what I will do when I can’t play anymore.”

The camp runs Tuesday through Thursday with four classes each day.

The camp will conclude on July 19.

“Registration for the camp remains open for anyone who is interested,” Vick said. “They can register at Johnson Park or at the camp.”

The tennis camp is jointly sponsored by the City of Andalusia Department of Leisure Services and the Andalusia Tennis Association.

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