If sports are a metaphor for life, then tennis is a lesson in getting over love. Break hearts on the court with today's Groupon to Live to Play in Mt. Pleasant. Choose between the following options:
• For $17, you get a 90-minute adult clinic (a $35 value for non-members).
• For $149, you get a 5-day kids' tennis-camp session (a $300 value).
The professional racquet swingers at Live to Play infuse beginning students of all ages with tennis fundamentals in an encouraging setting. The adult clinic gathers together men and women interested in learning cunning court strategies and methods for cultivating an enviable stroke. Bodies work into a fitness frenzy as players dash from alley to alley chasing down day-glo orbs and smashing them toward opponents or through honeycombed nets. Wrist joints stretch and rotate, preventing atrophy or future traumas caused by spinning a pizza on one finger or shaking a tambourine for tips on the sidewalk. Clinics assemble from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday nights to minimize sweat in the mild evening air.
At kids' tennis camp, recommended for children aged 5–12, young court-hoppers learn fundamentals of stroke production, such as how to slam balls with forehands, backhands, and the unpredictable no-hands stroke. Children also go head-to-head with peers in two-person matches and learn how to score games on their own. Other camp distractions include a swimming pool to lower temperatures and painting time to compose abstract portraits of Pete Sampras. The camp runs weekly from through August 19 and takes place daily from 9 a.m.–4 p.m., spanning the hours when youths run the greatest risk of succumbing to couch-potatoism. Children attending the kids' tennis camp should pack a bagged lunch and snack, swimming gear, towel, a hat, sunscreen, and a change of clothes.