SJTA will be closed the entire week November 23rd for Thanksgiving holiday. We will resume immediately following Monday, Nov 30th. Tuitions are paid as normal for full amount in November and half in December.
10 spots left! RSVP closes Thursday night!
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@ Mac.com to reserve your spot now!
please wear a portion of a costume that you can play in!
Coaches Heather & Patrick
For my girls "it's all about the outfit"
We had two teams compete in the u14 division team tennis challenge last Saturday. Our team "Topspin Terminators" won 1st place and our other team "SJTA Racqueteers" won 2nd place. Our teams said it was hot but they had tons of fun competing and of course winning!
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.
Miss. Essence is one of our many young Academy tennis players She is a very hard working athlete who dedicates her time to clinic, footwork on and off the court, private lessons and plays on the Swiss Point tennis team! We expect her to go on to play local Level 7 tournaments and wish her great success congratulations on your win!
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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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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
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.
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 day.
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
Our 8 & under class had a lot of fun last Thursday before our Thanksgiving break. We allowed our parents on the court to come play with their kids to see how they are progressing in our program. Our parents had a blast playing drills and games with the kids. I believe the kids want to do a challenge match now!
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.
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.