Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Tennis and More around Town

Edison Classic on Horizon at Fort Myers Racquet Club
Did the Australian Open get your competitive juices flowing? If it did and you want to satisfy the competitive urge, the 39th Annual Edison Tennis Classic is coming up and the deadlines are quickly approaching. If singles and/or mixed doubles are your games, then you need to get your entry in by February 6th. If doubles is your preference, then you need to be on the ball by February 13th.

Singles and Mixed Doubles play will begin on the 10th, and Doubles will start on the 17th. A player party on the 18th should sweeten the pot a little for you. If you’d like more info, please call 239-321-7552.

More Fort Myers Racquet
Carly Carpenter, the new Senior Program Coordinator at FMRC and Tim Hamilton are running a 3.0 - 3.5 Adult Men’s Intramural program on Wednesdays & Fridays at 6:30. Any members at that level, whether on a team or not, are welcome to participate. The first play date was Friday, January 27th, and see additional scheduled dates below. If you need additional info, please contact Carly at 239-321-7552.

Intramural Dates
· Friday, February 3rd
· Wednesday, February 8th
· Wednesday, February 22nd
· Wednesday, February 29th
· Friday, March 9th
· Friday, March 16th
· Wednesday, March 21st
· Wednesday March 28th

There’s talk about doing a Ladies’ Round Robin for levels 3.5 and above on Tuesday mornings as well, so once again, call Carly and get in on the action!

LCCTA Senior Mini Tennis - February 12-18
USTA Florida has been emphasizing 10-and-Under Tennis on smaller courts, well the Lee County Community Tennis Association (LCCTA) is taking the smaller game to new age that is.

The LCCTA is introducing a new tennis format for seniors which utilizes a smaller court, slower bouncing ball, and lighter racquet. The initiative and format focuses on "fun, fitness, and friendship." Essentially it is a way for seniors to have a good time while getting exercise and meeting others with similar interests. Interested seniors, or pros interested in learning more can attend one of the free play days planned for the week of February 12-18. Visit for complete details.

Coming Soon to Cypress Lake
Director of Tennis at Cypress Lake Country Club, Terry See wants to remind you that the
Hank Jungle Memorial Benefit will be held on February 25th & 26th. It will include Rated doubles, a Pro-Am, an Exhibition, Silent Auction, as well as the unveiling of the newly added Hank Jungle Memorial Court. If you are interested in participating, you can contact Terry at 239-851-6663 or

For those who didn’t know or don’t know of Hank Jungle, he may have been the biggest influence on tennis in the area at one time. He taught some of the best players in the area, was the owner of Park Meadow Tennis when it was THE place for tennis in the area; brought in big name professionals, some with whom he worked; and was one of the driving forces that brought the Florida Open to Fort Myers.

Hank spent his last days in tennis at Cypress Lake Country Club and the Memorial Court will serve as a testament to his influence in and impact on out tennis community.

Whether you knew Hank or not, I think the event will be one to remember. Game, set, match...T A

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