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There are plenty of things to do this summer for those who want to remain active outside in the Sedona area that include hiking, camping, fishing and sight-seeing.

But what about for those sports fanatics out there? Those who love to compete and quite possibly, learn a new game? Or, maybe, polish a game they already know?

The Sedona Parks and Recreation Department is aiming to help those sports fanatics out there, starting with a new gig that may get some attention, and hopefully more attention as the summer goes on.


Yes, that’s right ... tennis.

tennis_feature_5-21_2Forty-four-year-old Rimrock resident Eric Meyers teams with 32-year-old Sedona resident Laura Cooper to bring tennis lessons back to the Posse Grounds in West Sedona.

Teaching at the tennis courts near West Sedona School, the dynamic duo is here to help those young and old in finding a love for tennis, or for those who have played before, rekindling an old fire that burned brightly the last time they held a tennis racquet.

Meyers, a U.S. Professional Tennis Association instructor [Professional One], received his tennis education through the Tennis Technical Program in Tyler, Texas.

Upon graduating with an associate’s degree, Meyers furthered his tennis interests through the USPTA certification program and became a level one instructor.

“I started tennis when I was 15 years old. I’ve been certified as a tennis pro since I was 29. I’ve always wanted to be a tennis pro, even when in high school and college. I like working with kids and adults. I like sharing; tennis is a lifetime sport,” Meyers said.

Meyers has taught players of all levels including private, semiprivate and wheelchair tennis.

“I’ve worked with wheelchair students before. I get in the chair and show them how to play wheelchair tennis,” Meyers said.

Before moving to the Verde Valley, Meyers was the director of tennis at Shangri-La Resort and Country Club in Afton, Okla.

Besides working for the city of Sedona, Meyers is the tennis pro at Enchantment Resort and at Los Abrigados Resort.

Meyers has completed the 10-year requirement as a level one instructor which qualifies him for the master professional program, which he is currently undertaking.

As for Cooper, she is just beginning the adventure of teaching tennis to others having started her tennis teaching career just over a year ago.

Cooper started playing when she was 11 years old and before she knew it, was walking on at the University of South Florida.

Cooper moved to Sedona just over a year ago from Los Angeles, where she lived since 2000.

She hopes to get lots of kids and adults out for tennis this summer and make it fun for them.

“Tennis teaches athleticism, hand-eye coordination, which they can use for other sports, not just tennis. We would love to get lots of younger kids out and teach them the game of tennis,” Cooper said.

As a child, coaches were some of Cooper’s strongest role models and made a huge impact on who she is in life.

Cooper hopes to pass on that feeling to others here in Sedona interested in joining the tennis lessons program.

“They were more than just coaches; they were role models,” Cooper said.

Tennis lessons at the Posse Grounds have gone on the last few weeks but Meyers and Cooper say they want to expand, and keep spreading the good word about tennis and all that it can do for the individual.

Different Levels

There are several different levels that Meyers and Cooper will take on this summer, and here are just a few of them.

In the quick start pee wee class,  pre-schoolers ages 4-5 are welcomed to enjoy tennis. The class is designed to introduce them to tennis in a fun and simple way.

Hand-eye coordination drills and introduction to forehand, backhand, volleys and serve.

For adult level one classes, Meyers and Cooper will us it as an innovative instructional program designed for entry level players. It is a introductory class for players with little or no experience.

For those adults out there that are good tennis players, try the adult level three drills class where singles and doubles will be drilled emphasizing ground strokes, serves, volleys, specialty shots, footwork and strategy.

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