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Tennis Club offers youth lessons

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Volunteer Denise Higgins helps Evelyn Randolf learn the backhand volley while Piper Protell watches during a youth tennis clinic held on June 3 at the Zephyr Cove Tennis Club at Lake Tahoe. The event was co-sponsored by the Douglas County Parks and Recreation Department and Zephyr Cove Tennis Club.

It was controlled chaos on June 3 when two dozen youngsters took over the courts at Zephyr Cove Tennis Club at Lake Tahoe.

Some of the 4- to 12-year-olds were new to the sport, while others clearly had held a racket before. From bouncing the ball with a racket to master control, to zinger serves and everything in between, the kids were all more proficient by the time the event was over.

Instruction was under the direction of Dave Nostrant, the first-year pro at Zephyr Cove Tennis Club.

"I got into tennis late, at age 28, so I know the difficulties of learning as an adult," said Nostrant, who has been teaching for more than 30 years. "That is why I like to encourage kids to play. Tennis is easier to learn the younger you are, and then it's a sport that can be played long after their hair has turned gray or don't even have any."

This free two-hour session was co-sponsored by Douglas County Parks and Recreation Department and the nonprofit Zephyr Cove Tennis Club Foundation.

Nostrant will conduct three clinics for ages 4-12 — June 20-22, June 27-29, July 11-13 and July 18-20. Go online at http://www.zctennis.com/schedule/kids-clinics/ for more information or to register. The cost ranges from $35-$75 and private lessons are also available.

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Nostrant may be reached at zctennisclub@gmail.com or 775-588-5533.