Deuces, hearts and aces can all be found in Sacramento, a hub for tennis enthusiasts and professional athletes who enjoy the sport. With more than 400 tennis courts in the Sacramento area and 18 different tennis clubs, it is clear residents have a passion for the game. The Sacramento Area Tennis Association (SATA), for example, founded more than 60 years ago, has roughly 6,000 people who regularly participate in their leagues, tournaments and tennis-related events throughout the year. SATA features 14 adult Interclub Leagues, a Jr. Grand Prix Tournament, an annual grant program and many other events from juniors and adults to seniors.
The Sacramento Area Tennis Association is not the only way to get a good tennis game in. The Sacramento Tennis League provides a fun and easy way to foster exercise and connect passionate tennis players by allowing them to set up their own match times whenever it fits into their schedule. Last year, the league had 263 players who played more than 20 matches in the season. Players are also encouraged to set up their own matches at local free tennis courts, condo courts or even tennis clubs.
Sacramento also hosts pro athletes. The Gold River Women’s Challenger in Sacramento County is a United States Tennis Association (USTA) Pro Circuit Event set for July 5-12. This professional tennis tournament, hosted by the Gold River Racquet Club, sets up athletes to participate in the US Open, the ultimate in tennis competitions. Day matches are free for spectators and night sessions are only $10. In September, the $100,000 Men’s Challenger will take place in Sacramento and is another USTA Pro Circuit Tournament with more details to come.
For those interested in learning to play, local tennis pro Kenneth Selby offers lessons. Selby has taught students for more than 25 years and continues to give regular lessons to children and adults at McKinley Park in Sacramento. Through eye-hand activities and games, Selby helps children develop the skills they need to advance in the sport of tennis. He offers classes in almost every age group and ability level, and can even help adults maintain consistency in their games. Former number one Stockton Tennis Pro, Lance Turner also offers tennis lessons. From tiny tots to adults, his one hour lessons are sure to foster a love for the game.
Whether a beginner, a long time player or someone who simply enjoys watching an exciting match, there is a tennis experience you are looking for in Sacramento County.
Writer: Kaitlin Bane, Communication and Media Intern