New Faulkner Tennis Pro Gives Kevin A Lesson

I agreed to play in a pro-am tennis doubles match Friday evening as part of the Hope Open at Tyler Tennis & Swim Club.  But, the problem is, I'm not the best tennis player. So, I turned to the new head pro at Tyler's Faulkner Tennis Center for help.  Brian Notis didn't know what he was getting in to when he agreed to help me with my game. You see, I haven't played organized tennis in more than 20 years, so you could say, I was a little rusty.  O-k, a lot rusty.  But, that's why Brian is here. The former TJC assistant coach has been playing tennis for nearly 30 years, and prides himself in helping players of all ages and skill levels. Even me.

"People can pick up the game when they are 40, 50, 60 years old and enjoy it for the rest of their lives and feel like they're getting better," said Notis.

After an hour of serving, returning, and volleying, I finally felt like I was getting the hang of it. And with my date in the pro-am just three days away, brian gave me the verdict.

"Well, you know, the verdict is, maybe a little more practice in there," said Notis, "but between now and Friday, just keep thinking, keep the ball away from the pro on the other side of the net."

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Kevin Berns reporting.