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

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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

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.

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