May 4, 2001

Free Tennis Lesson Available at Over 30 San Diego Locations

The Free Tennis Lesson Blitz has arrived in San Diego!Beginning Tomorrow, Saturday, May 5 through May 20, over 30 tennis facilities in San Diego County will offer the Free Lesson Blitz, consisting of a free 90-minute tennis lesson, to beginners and former players returning to the sport.

We will be offering our Free Lesson program in 100 cities across the nation this year, says Chris Mireles, National Coordinator for the Tennis Industry Association (TIA).

The Free Lesson Blitz has given many people a chance to discover the great benefits of our sport. The Free Lesson Blitz is part of the nationwide USA Tennis Plan for Growth organized by the United States Tennis Association, the national governing body for the sport, and the TIA, the trade group of 130 tennis-related companies including manufacturers, apparel and shoe companies.

After participating in the Free Lesson Blitz, aspiring players are encouraged to enroll in USA Tennis 1-2-3, a low-cost follow up program consisting of nine hours if instruction covering the fundamentals of the game.

At the conclusion of USA Tennis 1-2-3, participants are urged to take part in USA Team Tennis, which gives players a chance to play on teams and continue building their tennis skills.

For information on enrolling for the Free Lesson Blitz, USA Tennis 1-2-3 or USA Team Tennis, San Diego County residents may call one of the participating facilities listed below, or log on to

Additional information is also available by calling (619) 226-6216.

The 90-minute beginner lessons are open to adults and children and available at the following locations:


Facility Contact Phone

Bobby Riggs Tennis Club Andy Bramer (760) 753-4705
Ecke YMCA Bill Peters (760) 942-9622
El Camino Country Club Kurt Condon (760) 757-9190
Surf & Turf Tennis Club Frank Fleming (858) 481-2046
Torrey Pines H.S. Taffy Lewis (858) 756-1828
Joy of Sports Andrew Oser (760) 635-9163


After School Enrichment Virginia Valente (858) 485-0481
Borrego Springs Resort Medek Jarosliv (760) 767-5700
Fallbrook Tennis Club Dorothy Roth (760) 728-1100
High Country West Club Ken Hawkins (858) 487-5084
Jerobek Park-Scripps Ranch Stan Jefferson (619) 491-5604
Rancho Bernardo Inn Carla Hillbig (858) 675-8473
Riviera Oaks Racquet Club Bryan Conway (760) 788-3418
Stoneridge Country Club Roseann Alva (858) 487-6668
USIU Stan Jefferson (619) 491-5604
Westwood Club Ray Smith (858) 485-6300


Helix High School Bill Hethcoat (619) 465-8186
Lake Murray Tennis Club Len Packard (858) 270-0907
SDSU Susheel Gulati (619) 594-5900
Helix South Tennis Club Don Ackerly (619) 444-0237


Coronado Tennis Center Phil Hopkins (619) 435-1616
Hilltop High School Kim Butler (619) 691-5648
Balboa Tennis Club Geoff Griffin (619) 291-5248
Urban Village Tennis Mike Amador (619) 641-6107
Mountain View Sports Pat Edon (619) 263-9224


Barnes Tennis Center Alex Castenedo (619) 221-9000
Barnes Tennis/Wheelchair Jim Yoes (619) 225-1391
Bay Pointe/Avalon Dennis Stojewa (858) 581-2170
Cabrillo Rec Center Kevin Merriman (619) 253-9934
Handlery Swim And Tennis Mike Rodgers (619) 574-0093
Mission Bay High School Len Packard (858) 270-0907
Peninsula Tennis Club Ed Collins (619) 226-3407
Silver Gate Elem. School Geoff MacCloud (619) 222-1129
Youth Tennis San Diego Kerry Blum (619) 221-9000

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