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Middle School Tryouts for Liberty Pines and Swiss Point Middle School

We will have middle school team tennis tryouts at Mills Field tomorrow, Wednesday Feb 4th from 3PM-4PM and Thursday, Feb 5th  2:45PM - 3:45PM for both Liberty Pines and Swiss Point Middle Schools.  We are asking that EVERYONE please try to attend the Wednesday tryout since the weather forecast is heavy rain for Thursday.  

However, if there is rain both days and we do not evaluate everyone registered on those two days we will have a make up the following Monday, Feb 9th from 2:45-3:45 PM.

Thank you for your cooperation and Good Luck to all our tennis players during team tryouts!


Coaches Heather Lester, Patrick Diegan,  & Alex Pham



USTA Early Development Workshop with Mali Vai and Orange Ball kids

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In November and December my orange ball students and I were invited to attend an Early Development workshop directed by USTA's Rita Gladstone and Dede Allen.  I was told to pick some of my outstanding students on Orange ball (60' court) to attend two 5 hour sessions located at Bolles School in Jacksonville.  I learned more about the standards of teaching 10 & Under tennis and what we (as pros) want to see skill wise and strategy wise for the 60' court level and green ball 78' court level of tennis.  Wow!  This generation is going to rock at tennis as they get older.  I really wish I had these types of training balls to enhance my shot tolerance and accuracy.  I really would have hit twice as many balls in play and had the chance to practice my footwork and technique more as a tennis student myself.  We were joined by two "famous tennis pro's", Brian Gottfried in November and Mali Vai Washington in December.  Two outstanding pro's and sportsman I must say!  Their hearts are gold for the local tennis players and tennis community of Jacksonville!  I was absolutely thrilled and honored to teach beside them and my other fellow pros of Jacksonville from Atlantic Beach, Mali Vai and Bolles schools of tennis.

Saint Johns Tennis Christmas Camp - Mon, Dec. 29- Wed, Dec. 31- 9a.m. - 12p.m.

We will be having a Tennis Christmas Camp Monday,December 29th thru Wednesday, December 31st from 9a.m. - 12p.m. (3 days of tennis)  The cost is $95.00 which will include your food and drink at our pizza party at noon on the Wednesday AND a chance to win the Dog Fight shirt on the Wednesday, December 31st!!  What better way to ring in the New Year and wear all your new fancy tennis gear you get from Santa Clause? There will only be 16 spots open to reserve before I close out this camp.  Students need to be either in the extended hour Teen class, Academy or High Performing classes to participate in this event.  Please call me at 904-994-3376, text me or email me ( to reserve your spot in this camp.  So far 6 spots are already reserved and 10 are left open at this time, so hurry and reserve your spot! Coach Heather Lester, Patrick Diegan, Bill Angus, Cheryl Keller, Cecil Mella & Alex Pham

Layering your clothes for cold weather!

Tonight its going to be cold at practice.  No sun and under 45 degrees so how do you layer?  Here is a picture of all the clothes I would wear to prepare to hit in 45 degree weather.  Layer in light thickness 2-4 layers.  You can peel and put back on according to how hot or cold you get during practice.  You will also need a hat (to keep your head warm), thin gloves or an old sock with a thumb hole cut out and probably a scarf to keep your neck warm.

November tuition rate and Thanksgiving Holiday!

We are entering the holiday months in which we take some time off at SJTA. November will be a 3 week month so I will post the tuition rate below. WE WILL BE CLOSED THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 24TH - 28TH!! December we will be closed two weeks BUT we will also offer a CHRISTMAS TENNIS CAMP sometime between Christmas and New Years for our die hard tennis players who want to keep on practicing and staying local to the area during the holidays. I will post this later to inform you for registration since only a certain amount of spots will be available and everyone will be together!

November tuition pro-rate: Academy (Mon/Wed/Sat) and High Performance (Tue/Thur) - $101.28 Teen Beginner 5-6pm - $67.50, 5-6:30pm - $83.00 10 & Under - 2 days per week - $67.50, 1 day per week - $36.00 be sure to take 10% off sibling after adding 1st child as regular price. if your child has anything different than these or your not sure email me and I will add it up for you.

Thank you so much and Happy Thanksgiving! We are thankful for all our families at SJTA! Coach Heather, Coach Cheryl, Coach Bill, Coach Patrick, Coach Alex and Coach Cecil

Mills Field U10 & U12 wins first place at Julington Creek Plantations NFPTA tournament!

Congratulations to our U10 green ball team and our U12 "Sonic Servers" tennis team. Both of these groups from Mills Field won 1st place competing against other local teams from Florida Yaught Club, Williams YMCA, San Jose Golf & Country Club and Julington Creek Plantation teams. Way to go team! We had a lot of fun on such a beautiful 1 photo 4

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Tennis Team Challenges

There will be two Tennis Team Challenges in which we will put together teams of like ages and skill levels to participate. This a great time to put your best team mates together and challenge other kids in the local area to a match for singles and doubles. You can put together teams with 4 minimum and 8 maximum players, 2 girls/2boys minimum per team. Next two matches will be:Julington Creek Plantation - Saturday, October 25th Eagle Harbor - Saturday, November 15th

Put your teams together and register to Randy Jenks

Matches is a 6 game set, regular scoring, tie-breaker 5-5

Good luck to all our High School Academy players for HS tryouts this week!!

We wish all the best of luck to our following students at Saint Johns Tennis Academy: Alec (senior), Kelly, Camille, Kate, Harrison (senior), Nila, Sandy, Rachel (senior), Erik, Savanna, Lindsey and Olivia (senior) for Creekside High School tennis team.  Go Knights!!

Martin, Mark, Ryan, Sydnee, Chad for Bartram Trail High School tennis team.  Go Bears!!

Sean (senior) for Mandarin High School tennis team.  Go Mustangs!!

Atharva, Mani, Mannat, Julia & Maelee for Nease High School tennis team.


Back to the tennis courts!

Tennis lessons will resume this Monday, January 6th as normal.  Please return to your normal class schedule as before the break and bring your tuition for the new month of January.  Happy New Year! I expect all our high school players back to class for next week before tryouts so that we may finish preparing you for the tryout process.  Please email me with any questions you may have.  I'm sending out reminder emails today.

Marc Moreira awarded the "Kelly Award" from Youth Tennis Foundation

For the second year in a row our tennis student Marc Moreira was awarded a $500.00 scholarship "Kelly Award" from the Youth Tennis Foundation.  We are so proud of Marc and his family!  Marc has improved so much in the past two years and has been dedicating more time to private and group lessons in order to improve his game.  He is now competing in at least one to two tournaments a month. Marc's game has grown leaps and bounds due to his dedication to practice and support of his family.  Marc continues to grow in maturity in how he deals with the pressure of competition in a tennis tournament environment.  He is a rock with his mental attitude to keep pushing himself to the next point even when he might be down in a game.  He displays good sportsmanship win or lose and encourages those around him with great team spirit.  Congratulations to you Marc!  Keep up all the great work and dedication to improving your game in the sport of tennis.  You are growing up to be a fine tennis player and we look forward to your success in tennis.

St. Johns Tennis Academy players celebrate Wimbledon 2013!

Every year at our summer tennis camp we celebrate the 3rd grand slam tournament of the year.  We celebrated Wimbledon 2013 by dressing all in white and having the iconic Wimbledon strawberries (less the creme).  Our second week of summer tennis camp is now complete, we have 5 remaining weeks of hard work improving our tennis game.