Pop Tennis Update from the Courts

Carol Kula

Pop Tennis is now in its second year in SaddleBrooke and has already grown to over 110 members in the SaddleBrooke Tennis Club (STC).

Groups are forming for pop players throughout the week and organized play opportunities are there through the STC as well. In the era of COVID precautions, inter-club social events are on hold, but that hasn’t prevented fun and games between Pop players here.

Several players offer their thoughts on what Pop Tennis means to them and how they value this new sport.

“Pop tennis is the best medicine you can get, because I can laugh and have some fun and yell out ‘mine,’” Carol Zupancic said.

“Shoulder injuries prevented me from continuing to play tennis, a game I love, and then Pop came along and I can play again. Hooray!” Bonnie Schoenfelder said.

“After many years of racquet and paddle sports I found an easy transition to Pop tennis. Twice a week I find myself in the midst of a great group of people who like the competition, exercise, and just plain fun. We have been welcomed by the STC and are able to take advantage of first-class facilities too,” Ed Kula said.

Tennis was physically becoming more challenging for me. I was searching for a sport that represented competition, but not at a stressful level. I enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and the companionship of the members,” Christine Reding said.

“While easy to learn, it is difficult to master. It offers exercise yet does not require focus on game outcomes for enjoyment … Pop has become the fastest growing racquet/paddle sport in America,” Steve Wolfe said.

“For me, I had recently retired and was looking for a new activity. I was drawn to Pop after the first demo. I love the laughs we share when we play and the wonderful friends I have made,” Maureen Olinsky said.

Just a reminder: Pop Tennis drop-in is held every Sunday and Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. on courts five and six (SaddleBrooke One) for the next two months.