When I arrived in Seaside almost 23 years ago, one of my first memories was of the kids. They were everywhere. All ages. All being chased by a sibling or a parent. It is no different now. Family trips are a Seaside tradition.
And tennis is a huge part of that tradition. I have actually known some of these families for that long. I have taught three generations of some families in my time here. It’s truly a wonderful experience to have these prolonged friendships.
I will apologize up front to all the families I miss in this article. I don’t have photos of them all, but I have incredible memories of them here at Seaside Tennis. The family grudge match. The siblings bickering. The parents attempting to teach their non-listening child. The teenager beating their parent for the first time. It has all happened here.
I have had children do their very first lesson here. Sam went on to play college tennis. Braxton is now one of my teaching pros. So many of them still play and now have their children playing. Talk about full circle. Tennis can, and does, add so much to so many families.
I always tell parents – who think I’m kidding – “Beat them while you can, if you can!” There comes a day in a lot of families where the child surpasses the parent in all aspects of tennis. Kids are sponges. You tell them or show them how to improve, and they absorb it. Then their talent grows and they’re better. It is just life.
This is a big thank you to ALL of the families that have come over the years and continue to come. I love to see you on the courts and all over Seaside having your family fun. You mean more to us than you know!
Tennis Eye Opener Clinics, Mon-Sun. 8 – 9 a.m. and Mon.-Thurs. 9-10 a.m.
Tennis Round Robins, Fri.-Sun. 9 -10:30 a.m.
Intro to Pickleball, Mon. 10-11 a.m. (except holidays)
Courts are open for play daily 8 a.m.- dusk. Please call (850) 231-2214 to reserve courts, book lessons or sign-up for clinics and round robins. Find 3