A-Copi Tennis to host Sept. 29 event

“Back to the Future of Tennis” will be the theme of a multi-activity experience at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at A-Copi Tennis and Sports Center, at 23 Leighton Road in Augusta.

The event will combine the old and new of tennis with a special feature of chocolate and cheese fondue presented by Mary’s Catering.

The old will be featured with matches played with wooden rackets, white tennis clothes and white tennis balls. The new will be POP tennis, which is the modern version of 100-year old paddle tennis. Players also will participate in matches using regular modern rackets and yellow balls.

POP tennis is played with shorter rackets, low-compression balls and a shorter court. Scoring is the same as regular tennis, except players get only one serve and serve underhand. There is a short learning curve for POP tennis, and rallies are easy to sustain.

Dan Veilleux, A-Copi’s club pro, said POP tennis is spreading rapidly through the tennis world. With a smaller court size, shorter racket length and low compression balls, players quickly master the strokes and the sport, he said.

The club will provide players with the POP tennis rackets, and it has a good collection of wooden rackets.

A charge of $10 for gold members, $15 for silver members and nonmembers, will cover the cost of the tennis mixer and the refreshments. Visitors are welcome to attend just for fondue and snacks for $5.

For more information or to sign up, call A-Copi Tennis and Sports Center at 213-6286.

From a contributed release