HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We at Discover Tennis are having a great time in our after school, and adult tennis classes at our winter home, the Tennis Barn located at 6901 NW 63rd!  Come see us soon!  Happy 2019 to All!

FALL 2018 AFTER SCHOOL TENNIS IS ALMOST HERE!

We had a FUN FILLED summer and are really looking forward to a great fall tennis season!

FALL 2018 After school tennis will be starting on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2018!  Find the downloadable Enrollment Form below and start making your plans to continue the tennis fun that you had on the court this summer with Craig and his great staff at Discover Tennis.  We be offering after school tennis outside at the Putnam City North High School tennis courts through mid-October, and then we will move indoors at the Tennis Barn for the winter.  So if you really love tennis with us, you can keep the fun going all year long.  Please share with your friends.  We look forward to seeing you on court.

Below, you will find a downloadable enrollment form that you can get and send in with your September payment to reserve a spot for your tennis student.FALL 2018 ENROLLMENT FORM

Summer 2017 is Almost in the Bag!

We have had a great summer at the beautiful Putnam City North High School tennis courts.  We’ve had great kids, awesome staff, and fun Tuesday evening cardio tennis classes.  Now we are thinking about Fall which, if this week is any example, will be some wonderful weather for tennis of all ages.  Our Fall after school tennis program will start on Tuesday, September 5th.  Here is a link to download our Fall schedule and enrollment form.

FALL 2017 ENROLLMENT FORM

Hope to see you and your friends on court soon!

SUMMER 2017 IS ALMOST HERE!

Hey All,  we at Discover Tennis are looking forward to a great summer with Discover Tennis.

The Putnam City North tennis facility has been completely refurbished with new court surface, LED lights, windscreens, and benches.  We are so excited to have our 26th year of our program there!

The new schedule for Summer 2017 will be updated today.  As always, feel free to call me at 405-642-9838.  SUMMER 2017 ENROLLMENT FORM

Also remember, our program runs through the year and we are currently offering after-school tennis for juniors and adults at our indoor facility, the Tennis Barn, 6901 N.W. 63rd St.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BJORN!

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Discover Tennis wishes Bjorn Borg a happy 59th birthday at the Tennis Bash!
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Summer Tennis is Right Around the Corner!

We hope to see you out for the start of Discover Tennis’ Summer Program at the Putnam City North high school courts, on Rockwell and 115th, starting July 1st! We will be meeting every weekday, regardless of weather thanks to our indoor facility, the Tennis Barn.

Player Profile: Tim Venske

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Tim Venske joined the Discover Tennis program two years ago with the goal in mind of making it onto the Yukon High School varsity tennis team. From day 1, Tim showed a phenomenal work ethic that helped him grow quickly and inspired those on court with him to put forth the best effort of their own; it even lead to Craig Starke coining the phrase “give me a Venske” when motivating other players to give 110%! After developing a strong all-court game and confidence in his own abilities, Tim has become the programs most avid high school competitor, playing in 5 tournaments this summer and gaining the experience he needed to take his game to the next level. With his hard work and dedication, Tim earned the Discover Tennis Cup, awarded to the player who put the most time into tennis during the summer, but his success certainly doesn’t end there. Tim has surpassed his goal of making varsity this year, by jumping all the way from 9th on the team to 2nd! Learning to play with intelligence and patience, as well as resetting after a lost point, have been Tim’s biggest steps forward and it shows in his new position on the Yukon team. His new goals are to make it to the OSSAA State Tournament as a singles player and to pursue a Division-II tennis scholarship, and with his junior and senior season ahead of him, we look forward to helping him to have success in these new endeavors.

Young Guns Take on ATA

Noah Wood, 14, and Brenden Baird, 12, took a big initiative this summer to visit the Austin Tennis Academy on July 7 – 11. After the great experiences and stories our students brought home last year, Noah and Brenden had been chomping at the bit for their own pilgrimage, and their parents made a huge commitment to provide them the opportunity and even stay with them. The two boys had a tough job in playing in a new atmosphere with new players and coaches, which could put many people off their game, especially when they ended up on court with some of the top high school players in Texas, but Brenden and Noah jumped right in and were able to get a ton of great experience, coming back even stronger as tennis players than before. Both got to be on court with ATA founder and director, Jack Newman, on the first day, and he did a phenomenal job in helping them transition into his program on top of all of excellent coaching; we are extremely lucky to have such a wonderful friend to the program! While they did get some opportunities to play set against other students, the competition-driven lessons allowed them to put their good practice into play. In one afternoon of short court battles to 7 points, where winners moved up and all 28 courts were used, Brenden fought his way all the way up from court 20 to court 4! Noah’s biggest breakthrough can’t be measured on court, though his new found success in competition is a tangible by-product. Unfortunately, Noah strained his shoulder early into the trip, but with help from the ATA training staff, he could keep playing, and by playing through that adversity, Noah transformed, in just one week, into a battle-scarred veteran, finding a whole new level of poise on court and determination to make every point count. The boys also had the chance to work with ATA’s head pro, Doug Davis, and Estevam Strecker, who became Brenden’s favorite because of his ability to weave fun games seamlessly into the long hours of drills and turned a game of soccer into an opportunity to learn how to move on clay courts! All-in-all, Noah and Brenden battled heat, being in a new environment, and strong players and, more than just improve an enormous amount, they were able to achieve what’s most important in tennis…FUN! We’re grateful to Jack Newman for providing our players with such a wonderful opportunity and incredibly proud of the boys’ efforts and success!

Brendon and Noah in their ATA shirts!

Brendon and Noah in their ATA shirts!

Fall is here, and Discover Tennis is kicking off the 2014 after school tennis on Monday, September 8th!

Now it is NEVER too late to get involved in tennis with Craig Starke and Discover Tennis.   We have a full schedule of after school tennis starting Monday, September 8th at the Putnam City North courts, and when the weather gets dodgy we’ll move inside to our newly restored tennis courts at the Tennis Barn.  The website is up now at www.tennisbarnokc.com.  We are also offering many daytime activities such as Mommy and Me classes for moms and their younger children (ages 4 and 5), as well as daytime and evening action packed cardio tennis.  It is a GREAT way to get active while playing tennis and listening to fun music.  We are now a year around operation, and would love to help you get involved.  In case you are looking for something new and different to do as a birthday party, Craig and his friendly, fun staff put on GREAT tennis birthday parties.  Email Craig at starketennis@cox.net, check out the tennis barn website, and call Craig at 642-9838 to get involved.  Hope to see you on court soon!

SUMMER IS COMING!

HOPE YOU ARE PLANNING ON DISCOVER TENNIS THIS SUMMER! The countdown to summer Discover Tennis has begun! We’re planning a great summer. Sign up soon and tell all your friends. Spaces are filling up quickly. Please like us on Facebook, and check us out on Pinterest.