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 in Sunset Hills: for $20, you get four one-hour group tennis lessons for adults at Watson Trail Park Tennis Center (a $56 value). For ages 16 and up, beginner lessons meet from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.; intermediate lessons meet from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Classes for kids ages four to six meet at 3 p.m.; ages seven to 11 at 4 p.m.; ages 12 to 15 at 5 p.m. Choose from the following two Thursday sessions:
- Session One: September 15, September 22, September 29, and October 6
- Session Two: October 13, October 20, October 27, and November 3
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 sculpts tennis skills in learners of all ages. Students convene for an hour of engaging demonstrations and plenty of practice developing their grip, forehand, backhand, and jazz hands. An energetic staff and careful instruction ensure that all lessons remain both fun and elucidating.
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.
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.