You're never too old to swing a racket

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)--The "Never-Ever" Senior Novice Tennis Program is being offered again this May for everyone 50 year-old and over who have never played the game (or have not played in a number of years) with emphasis on beginning skills.

This program is unique to Knoxville, beginning in 1990 under the leadership of Jack Murphy; now deceased member of the Tennessee Tennis Hall of Fame and Clare Maisel; who received the Eva Kraft award for outstanding service to the field by the USTA primarily for her involvement with Never-Evers and other senior programs.

During the years, more than 1000 seniors have taken the lessons with many continuing to play into their 70s and 80s. The primary theme is to find fun, fitness, and fellowship through this great sport.

Several "graduates" met not long ago and decided to continue to offer the program after it has fallen dormant for a year or so.

Diedra Dunn, Knoxville City Tennis Director, has agreed to help us and several of our senior players will assist with the instruction.

Lessons will be given at Tyson Family Tennis Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7:30 pm beginning May 14 and going through May30.

The cost for the 9 hours of instruction and practice is $15.00. Registration forms can be obtained at Knox County Senior Citizens Centers or at Tyson and West Hills Tennis centers. Loaner rackets will be available.

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