What You'll Get
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 to Mark Platt's Beginner's World Tennis, valid at two locations in University City. Choose between the following options:
• For $20, you get four one-hour group tennis lessons for adults at Kaufman Park (a $56 value). Choose from either session 1, held Saturdays on June 25, July 2, July 9, and July 16, or session 2, held Saturdays on July 23, July 30, August 6, and August 13. Lessons starting at 8 a.m. for beginners, 9 a.m. for advanced beginners, and 10 a.m. for intermediate players.
• For $20, you get a one-week junior tennis camp for kids ages 4–16 (a $60 value) at Flynn Park. Sessions run Monday–Thursday, held June 20–23 and 27–30, July 11–14, 18–21, 25–28, and August 1–4, starting at 8 a.m. for ages 4–6, 9 a.m. for ages 7–10, and 10 a.m. for ages 11–16.
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 learners of all ages. Campers will convene each morning for an hour of engaging demonstrations and plenty of practice developing their forehand, backhand, and jazz hands, as instructors scale up similar skills to meet the needs of adult racketeers in group classes. An energetic staff and careful instruction ensure that all lessons remain both fun and elucidatory.
Mark Platt conceived his program in 1984 with the goal of uniting locals through community-based lessons, tennis 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.
The Fine Print
Expiration varies. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Must redeem camp in full by 8/5/11. Non-transferable. May redeem across visits. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About 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.