Hello everyone, and welcome to the first Court Report in 2024! While the weather has been cold and rainy here in the panhandle, the courts have been heating up with tennis action in the new year. This year, we are looking to add more play opportunities for tennis and pickleball players in the area, while continuing to expand our current programming.
High School Season
School season is officially upon us! Practice resumed on January 16th, and their season will run through April. It is great to see Coach Pat Markey and his team back out on the courts, and we wish them the best of luck in their upcoming matches. With the resumption of high school season, we will have limited court availability Monday-Friday between 2-6pm. If you are interested in a court at these times, please call the front desk ahead of time or book a court online.
As I am writing this, we are prepping the courts for our final night of the Emerald Coast Social Sports winter pickleball league. Thank you to all our participants who have braved the cold Thursday nights for the last 8 weeks and thank you to everyone at ECSS for their hard work organizing. We are currently looking at more dates in the future to continue the league, so please check out ECSS’s website and Facebook page for updates.
We are super excited to announce weeknight and weekend tennis leagues starting the week of February 5! We will be offering men’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s singles, and women’s doubles, with each league occurring on a different night or day throughout the week. Leagues will cost $60 for a 6-week session and will include prizes for the winners. Registration is open to everyone, so sign up now and secure your spot!
Middle School Season
On February 12th, Liza Jackson and Bruner Middle School will resume their season. With FWBHS, Liza, and Bruner utilizing the courts for matches and practices through April, court space will be extremely limited in the afternoon. We encourage everyone to book their court ahead of time to ensure they get a court. If you have any questions, please reach out to the front desk.
Special Olympics will begin their practices for the 2024 season on February 3rd. Practices will occur from 8:30am-10:30am on the pickleball courts, so we will unfortunately have no pickleball availability during this time. We are always looking for help with practice, and no prior coaching or tennis experience is needed! If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Head Pro Travis Tressler for more information.
As always, I appreciate everyone for taking the time to read this newsletter and see what is happening around the courts. All of us at FWBTC and USTA Florida are excited for 2024 and continuing to improve your experience at the tennis center. We are here to serve you, and we love every minute of it. Thank you again for reading and see you all on the courts!