SJTA Tennis Camp week 1

Well we had a rough start to our week with the Trooical Storm but we finished out strong with one court of red ball, two courts of orange ball, 4 courts of green ball and 20 Academy players! This year we have 123 registered tennis players. Wow! Biggest summer to date in past 8 years.  


Congratulations to Molly & Sankeeth for our first Dog Fight winners of the summer season! These two had a perfect record and never were beaten once in a five round tiebreaker round robin.  



Weather:    We will always keep you up to date if weather is an issue so you can check our website at 30 minutes before your clinic if we have weather delays or cancellations.  You can also sign up for Twitter to get push notifications on our website if you choose to use it.


We only cancel if the courts are wet or it's actively raining.  Hard courts are slippery when wet and they ruin our balls.  IF we choose to cancel within the week because of the weather we have reserved WEDNESDAYS to be our designated make up day at your classes regularly scheduled time.

Congratulations Abby Setzer!!

Miss. Abby recently won finalist in the 12u category at Queens Harbor.    Abby is one of our Academy players at SJTA and works hard in clinic and private lessons with Coach Cheryl Keller. We expect big things from Abby in her future as a local tennis star. Her nickname is "smiley" because she always has a great smile and shows great sportsmanship on and off the tennis courts. Congratulations!


Congratulations Allie Bielski

Miss. Allie is one of our Academy students and she won the finalist in the consultation draw of last weekends Level 7 tournament. She's excited to now be ranked and work on moving up in future tournaments. She works hard in our weekly clinics and private lessons. Congratulations Allie to your recent win  and we hope you have many more in your future.  



SJTA Halloween Round Robin Oct 30th 5:30-7:30pm RSVP required

10 spots left! RSVP closes Thursday night! 

SJTA Halloween Party Round Robin

SJTA Halloween Party Round Robin

We will be hosting a "fun" Halloween round robin tennis tournament for our juniors intermediate and advanced players. Please join us Friday, October 30th 5:30-7:30 pm for pizza, drinks, candy and tennis match play. Cost is a frightful lucky $13.00 to cover cost of pros and food/prizes. Spots are limited to 32. RSVP required. Email Heather.lester@ to reserve your spot now!

please wear a portion of a costume that you can play in! 

Coaches Heather & Patrick

Are we having Summer Tennis Camp???? Yes!!! We are!!!! June 15 - July 31

YES!! We will be having a seven week summer tennis camp for current SJTA students and new students (beginner to advanced) who want to come practice with us during the summer. We will be opening our registration online in May first for our inhouse students, then we will open to the public. First come, first serve (no pun intended!).   

Be on the lookout on our website for this event! You don't want to miss this opportunity to improve in the summer time and have fun with your friends. Clinics and match play will be available to take full advantage of with all our great instructors at SJTA!

email us if you want to be on a waiting list to be contacted.  



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USTA Early Development Workshop with Mali Vai and Orange Ball kids

bolles dec
bolles dec

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