Participants and volunteers/coaches at the Sequim Tennis Academy take a break from activities at the Sequim High School courts last week. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim Tennis Academy once again nets big crowd

The youngsters and their mentor are at it again.

For the past decade, tennis pro Don Thomas has hosted free tennis activities for Sequim youth. Despite some injuries in recent years, Thomas was out on the courts once again last week to lead the Youth Tennis Academy, hosted at the Sequim High School courts.

Thomas said academy organizers hoped to cap the participants at 30 but wound up relenting to a 38-member group, thanks to its popularity.

The academy offers lessons on play, safety, sportsmanship and protocol, activities and drills, snacks provided by Sequim’s Paradise Restaurant and a T-shirt, all for no cost.

“They’re nice to work with, good kids,” Thomas said.

A number of volunteers turned out for the event, including Thomas’ brother Bill and Sequim High coach Mark Textor. Also lending a hand were several high school youths and recent graduates who took part in the academy in years past.

Tennis tourney set

The Sequim Open Juniors Tennis Tournament for boys and girls will be held at the Sequim High School tennis courts July 24-28. There is no entry fee. To register, email and provide name, age and level of playing experience.

Entries will close at noon Friday, July 21.

T-shirts, snacks and water will be provided for the participants.

For more information, call Thomas at 461-0351.

William Hughes returns a shot. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

9-year-old Joshua Alcaraz returns a shot. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Adrian Mendez returns a shot. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Blake Wiker (background) awaits a return volley in a game with experienced Tennis Academy campers. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

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