14U prepares for tennis match against Fontana

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The Tennis Club and coaches Bobby Kielty and Eric Francis invite residents to come out and support the 14U kids for their competitive match in the United States Tennis Association (USTA) League against the Fontana Super Shots on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Canyon Lake Tennis Courts.

There are nine players on the Canyon Lake Team. The winner of the match is determined by games won, not on who wins the set, so every game counts. The coaches are  hoping the team will have a winning season this first year.  They are currently 1-2 and have already played the toughest  team in the league.

The League consists of six teams, including the cities of Canyon Lake, Riverside, Temecula and Fontana.  Half the matches are played at home and half played away.  The formation of this team is allowing the kids a great opportunity to develop their game and gain crucial match experience at a young age, all for a reasonable cost.  Some of their competition are currently ranked in the top 25 in all of Southern California. The team practices on Tuesdays from  4 to 5:30 p.m. and on Thursdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. (with the older teens).

According to coach Bob Kielty,  the players have taken lessons with Tennis Pro Baba Soysa, which has afforded them the opportunity to improve their game and make the team. Marga Kidd and Baba Soysa have   been instrumental in getting this junior league up and running by conducting try-outs and practice matches between individuals players to analyze their skill levels.

It is Coach Kielty’s hope that 10U (ages 7-10) and 18U (ages 15-18) USTA teams also will be formed in the future here at Canyon Lake. For information on the Junior Program or lessons, contact Marga Kidd at 951-442-4538 or mikesmarga@yahoo.com.

Also on Saturday, the Tennis Club is hosting its “Spring Doubles Mixer” tournament at 8 a.m. Residents are invited to watch the tournament and enjoy some refreshment.

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