Though canines love tennis for its bouncy yellow balls, humans appreciate the freedom to bark loudly with each swing and bury their favorite rackets all over the court. Become a tennis beast with today's Groupon: for $20, you get four group tennis lessons at Mark Platt's Beginner's World Tennis at Conway Park in Creve Coeur (up to a $56 value). Summer sessions will be held June 6–June 27 and July 11–August 1. Lessons are one hour each and take place on Mondays during the following times:
- 3 p.m.–4 p.m. for ages 4–6
- 4 p.m.–5 p.m. for ages 7–10
- 5 p.m.–6 p.m. for ages 11–15 (lessons and team practice)
- 6 p.m.–7 p.m. for adult beginners 1 & 2
- 7 p.m.–8 p.m. for adult intermediate and high-school players/team practice
Honored by the United States Tennis Association for bringing tennis to more than 10,000 elementary-school students, Mark Platt's Beginner's World Tennis serves up lessons for students of all ages. An energetic staff and careful instruction ensure that the lessons remain both fun and elucidatory. Mark Platt conceived the program in 1984 with the goal of uniting locals through community-based lessons, tennis-related events, and cross-country potato-sack races. Last year, Beginner's World Tennis raised $30,000 for the Siteman Cancer Center Division of Oncology at Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
Mark Platt’s Beginner’s World Tennis
A longtime tennis player, Mark Platt began teaching the sport as soon as he graduated from high school. However, after a brief period of instructing at local country clubs, he realized that his heart wasn’t in the work. The country clubs catered to intermediate and advanced players, and Mark wanted to teach beginners. In the absence of a satisfactory beginning tennis program in the area, he founded Mark Platt’s Beginner’s World Tennis in 1984.
As a tennis instructor, Mark has won numerous awards from such prestigious publications as Tennis Pro and Tennis Industry, according to the St. Louis Business Journal. Specifically geared toward beginners, his program combines lessons with special events including camps, leagues, and parties designed to encourage socializing—so far, his program has spawned 53 marriages. He and his small staff have big plans for the beginning tennis world; this year alone, they expect to introduce 10,000 adults, children, and marionettes to the sport.
12301 Conway Rd.
Creve Coeur, Missouri 63141