For class this week, the students focused on getting ready for competition, specifically the Highland Park tournament coming up on July 7. The students were broken up by skill level: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. For the first couple of weeks, the younger students were getting used to holding the racquet and performing simple drills focusing on hand-eye coordination. For the fifth week class, the students started to hit and develop their swing. The intermediate students were focusing on bounce serves and forehand and backhand form, while the advanced kids focused purely on serves and returns.
During the off-court portion, the advanced students volunteered to demonstrate a mock tennis match from start to finish. The advanced students showed how to start a match and end a match with good etiquette. The other students watched and discussed what they learned and how they would apply it to the competition at Highland Park next week.