Tennis, anyone?

Published 9:44 am Saturday, June 18, 2011

The reinvigoration of tennis as a recreational sport in Western Tidewater is good to see.

Franklin once was a big tennis town, evidenced by the abundance of courts around town — from the nice indoor facility at the James L. Camp YMCA to the easy-on-the-knees clay courts of Cypress Cove Country Club.

For whatever reason, interest in tennis has waned over the years. Even in beautiful weather, outdoor courts are mostly empty.

Ken Cussick is working hard to bring tennis back. The tennis pro at the Y and Cypress Cove has worked hard to engage all age groups in a sport that entire families can enjoy. From the Quickstart program for wee ones to aerobics-style “cardio tennis” for adults, Cussick has people picking up their rackets again.

Such is the renewed interest in tennis that a new organization — the Western Tidewater Tennis Association — has been formed, led by Cussick and Sheryl Raulston. The group seeks to involve all ages, but a big focus this summer is a series of tennis camps for kids and teenagers.

We hope many area residents will take advantage of the camps and other programs offered by the association. Tennis is a great social sport — and is terrific exercise. Regardless of skill level, it’s easy to find a match, have some fun and get in a vigorous workout. And barring major injury, one can play tennis for a lifetime.

We commend Cussick, Raulston and others for getting tennis going again. Our community will be better for it.