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Newport Country Club Hosts APTA Clinic
Barclay Douglas, Jr.
October 15, 2012
On Saturday, October 13th, the platform tennis season started at Newport Country Club on a high note. The weather was paddle perfect—a bit cloudy with a definite chill in the air.
Juan Martinez-Arraya, Marco Grangeiro, Javier Ferrin, and Mark Fischl conducted the clinics that were filled with players of all levels. At one point, one court had over 10 players on it. Everyone was eager to learn and to pick up every tip they could. There were many spectators who had their ears and eyes up against screens trying to hear and see the instructions being given out. One of the spectators was Rob Coster, the APTA president, who enjoyed all the activity.
Along with participants from Newport CC, there were players from Shelter Harbor Inn, Newport Beach Club, Conanicut Yacht Club, and Sakonnet Golf Club. The Newport Beach Club recently had two brand new court courts installed, just in time for winter.
Many thanks must be given to the wonderful pros for coming to Newport and providing their expertise to the many in attendance.
Special thanks must go to the APTA, Wilson Sports and Viking Paddle Sports for providing this clinic and the many conducted around the country.