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Back to School Tennis Lessons: Pavan’s Tennis Academy at Fox Chase Tennis Club in Chester, New Jersey

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It’s time for my girls to head back to school, and that means back to weekly tennis lessons with the new Fall Program for Pavan’s Tennis Academy at Fox Chase Tennis Club in Chester, New Jersey.   Pavan launched his web site back in April to keep parents informed about their children’s tennis program through out the year, and now you can even sign up online. You’ll get an e-mail or a phone call if the class is full, which is frequently the case.  Parents can also visit Pavan’s site to see the latest information in the tennis world.

Pavan Patel is great with the kids. I remember when we started in September 2006, when Maddie was 4 and a half year old, how he convinced her to be his “assistant coach,” a role in which she got a silver Fox Chase Tennis Club sticker and went out on the court and hit ‘em like all the other kids.

I signed up both of my girls for another 8-week session at Pavan’s Munchkin Tennis Academy at the Fox Chase Tennis Club, though they’ll probably keep right on hittin’ them through the entire school year. Actually, I think Maddie is still an “advanced munchkin,” but London plays with the Future Stars and has her eye on the “Hot Shots.”

This past spring Pavan introduced a new, European approach for developing high level junior tennis players (aged 10 and under) involving red, orange, and green balls that are different sizes and “speeds.” “Quick Start Tennis” is now USTA approved.  Serve, rally, score is the slogan the ITF uses to explain how tennis can best be introduced to starter players. Pavan believes it is important that coaches make the first experience of the starter player positive. The ITF believes that getting starter players to play the game (serving, rallying and scoring) from the first lesson is vital in ensuring an enjoyable experience that they’ll want to continue.

London and Maddie also participated in a week of Pavan’s tennis camp this summer at Fox Chase Tennis.  The munchkins half-day program, which was intended to be an hour of tennis and two hours of arts & crafts with Pavan’s wife, was cancelled in August, so my girls ended up with something much better….they were overjoyed to spend three hours in an intermediate tennis clinic with a nice bunch of older kids, and they’re already begging to go back next summer.

Pavan’s Tennis Academy at Fox Chase Tennis Club

Chester, New Jersey

Phone: (908) 879-5231

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