Since Pattie Smith and her husband built Charlotte Racquet Club North in 1998 to infuse northern Charlotte with much-needed tennis action, they?ve watched the club blossom from seven courts and a doublewide trailer to a sweeping 14-court facility complete with a pool and a fitness complex. Pattie plans on adding four indoor courts by November to keep members playing through the winter?including one 78-year-old ace who games, sets, and matches twice a week.
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Maturing ever closer to perfection in its second decade, the North Carolina Wine Festival convenes a statewide celebration in honor of the fruits of vineyard labor. Upon entering Tanglewood Park's verdant grounds, taste testers get commemorative wineglasses before scratching their oenophilic itches with varietal samples from vendors including Chatham Hill Winery and Hutton Vineyards. Nearly 40 wineries splash out tastes of their red and white magnum opuses, filling mouths with tasty drams and minds with a flurry of mellifluous wine terminology. After the tastings, palate-pleasing wines can be purchased by the glass for festival sipping, or in bottles and cases for at-home drinking or assembly of backyard temples to Dionysus.
Yann Thefaine was dissatisfied with the country-club approach to tennis lessons. After instructing at a local club and witnessing its exorbitant rates, he decided to open the Tennis Academy of North Carolina, a teaching community where reasonably priced instruction would foster a widespread passion for tennis. This was more than a decade ago. Today, Yann, a USPTA-certified Professional 1 instructor, and his talented staff of instructors continue to develop lesson plans that cultivate solid tennis strokes and wallets fuller than the penalty box during a family croquet game. Their expertise adapts to the needs of beginners and advanced tennis players during clinics and private lessons in which coaches hone techniques in a way that benefits individual learning styles.
During cardio-tennis classes, teachers motivate pupils of all skill levels through segments of dynamic stretching and short aerobic exercises to the sound of music. Students sharpen their game and ascend to higher levels of fitness in an encouraging group environment. The same camaraderie flourishes at summer camps for ages 4–14. Divided by age and ability, kids enjoy hours of sporty sparring and instruction as the summer sun bronzes skin. The clinics combine structured drills with live match play, giving pupils time to hone their technique and sharpen their competitive edge.
Not long after she learned to walk, Jen Babb was learning how to swing a tennis racket. This early introduction made a profound impact, and she eventually got a USPTA certification to share her passion for the sport with others. Today, she teaches both kids and adults during private and group lessons, which she separates by age group to foster camaraderie and fair competition. Up to 10 students fill each class, so students get individual attention without having to balance rackets on their chins. Jen specializes in teaching the foundational aspects of tennis, making her a good coach for beginning and intermediate players.