Tag: Tennis

Pop Tennis Turns Strangers into Friends

The pop tennis group celebrates Burt Turner's 91st birthday. Front row: Greg Hlushko, Steve Bell, Burt Turner, Molly Gilbertson, and Sharon Hoff; back row: Bob Hoffman, Kris Hoffman, Linda McAllen, Mike McAllen, Betty Emmons, Jeanette Watkins, Cheryl Sornson, Mary Hlushko, Carol Kula, and Bob Hoff; not pictured: Paulette Kasperski (Photo by Paulette Kasperski)

Paulette Kasperski Last January through March, SaddleBrooke residents, Fran Meckler and Carol Kula of the SaddleBrooke Tennis Club, arranged drop-in sessions of pop tennis on Sunday afternoons. Many people showed up to play for the first time—some as total beginners and others as former tennis and pickleball players. When the drop-in sessions ended, Stuart Watkins…

SaddleBrooke Tennis

Pop Tennis Shuffle Ginny Wolfe On March 17, when most people drank green beer and ate bangers and mash, 40 SaddleBrooke Tennis Club Poppers played in the St. Patrick’s Day Shuffle. With a mixture of men and women dressed in creative green attire and of various skill levels, the game of Pop Tennis is popping…

What Is POP Tennis?

Photo by Stuart Watkins

Stuart Watkins Fran Meckler is the Coordinator of the POP Tennis program at the SaddleBrooke Tennis Center and she invited me to give this sport a try. I agreed. It is a slower sport than tennis and uses a shorter court. The paddle is smaller and the ball is like a tennis ball with less…

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…

Calories Burned During Two Hours of Doubles Tennis

Dani Arbuckle; Abridged by Ron Bouchard Doubles tennis is an enjoyable way to pass the afternoon with friends, but it’s also more than just a social activity. Doubles tennis is a great way to keep fit. In a two-hour session, you can expect to burn a significant number of calories. Exactly how many you burn…

Tennis Shoes for the Homeless Program Tops 1,000

Jerry Fay A big thank you to the SaddleBrooke Pickleball Association (SBPA) and the SaddleBrooke Tennis Club for their generosity. Over the holidays they increased their donations, and now more than 1,000 pairs of gently used tennis shoes have been donated to the homeless since the program started in 2018. Currently the program is focusing…

What Is Pop Tennis?

Maureen Olinsky hitting a forehand shot.

Christine Reding and Joan Ebbeson There’s been a buzz around SaddleBrooke about pop tennis. What is it? Pop tennis is the revitalization of a 100-year-old sport which is increasingly being popularized due to a shorter court, underhand serve, and a pop racquet. The racquet is often called a paddle, which is a derivative carbon fiber and…

Snacks, Smoothies, and Shopping at the Tennis Center

Debbie McGeehan It was a gorgeous day to try out some new racquets and buy a few new outfits to look good on the tennis courts! Cheri Megli along with her tennis assistant Marco, came to SaddleBrooke for the eighth year with her “Tennis Cabana on Wheels”. Members and guests had the opportunity to demo…