Racquet Sports in Full Swing in Ocean Pines

Area residents and visitors are invited to hit the courts in Ocean Pines this summer for an opportunity to play tennis, platform tennis or pickleball at the Manklin Meadows Racquet Sports Complex, located at 11443 Manklin Creek Road. All activities are open to the public.

Tennis players can drop in to play on one of eight Har-Tru clay courts or two hard courts with lights for evening play. Sessions are held Monday-Friday at 9 a.m. for $10 per person, per session. Non-members are limited to six plays without a tennis membership. Drop-in play for Ocean Pines tennis members is free. For more information, email Dale Ash at DaleAsh@mchsi.com.

Platform tennis, a year-round racquet sport played on courts about one-third the size of a tennis court, is also available. The courts are surrounded by 12-foot fencing that allows play off the screens, similar to racquet ball. Players can take advantage of six such courts in Ocean Pines, including two new additions to the complex.

Free platform tennis clinics are held every Saturday at noon followed by a free one-month trial period.  Equipment is provided. Several drop-ins per week are also offered. Contact Jim Freeman at jimisfreeman@verizon.net or 215-704-4592 for more information.

Platform tennis also includes a timeless tennis drop-in, offered every Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. This option uses tennis racquets and low-compression balls on the platform tennis courts. The smaller courts and screens help keep the balls within reach. Contact Araceli Popen at aspopen@yahoo.com or 302-270-8118 for more information or to schedule a free introductory lesson.

Pickleball, the family-friendly sport that’s sweeping the nation as well as Ocean Pines, combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. Drop-ins and instructional clinics are offered by the Ocean Pines Pickleball Club on a regular basis.

The drop-in fee for the outdoor pickleball courts is $5 per person, per day for non-members. Drop-in for pickleball members is free. For more information or to register for a drop-in time or clinic, visit the pickleball website at OceanPines.org.

Ocean Pines offers yearly tennis, platform tennis and pickleball memberships for families, individuals and juniors. Memberships are available to Ocean Pines residents and to non-residents, for an additional fee.

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