Summer Racquet Sports Activities

Whether your racquet sport of choice is tennis, platform tennis or pickleball, you’ll find opportunities for court time this summer at the Manklin Meadows Racquet Sports Complex, located at 11443 Manklin Creek Road in Ocean Pines. All activities are open to the public.

Tennis players can take advantage of Ocean Pines’ eight Har-Tru clay courts and two hard courts with lights for evening play. Drop-in sessions for all skills levels are held Monday-Friday at 9 a.m. for $10 per person, per session.

Participants must sign up at the racquet complex pro shop, by calling 410-641-7228 or by emailing Ocean Pines tennis pro Erin Starr at estarr@OceanPines.org.

Anyone looking for a year-round sport is invited to try platform tennis, the only Ocean Pines racquet sport that is primarily an outdoor winter sport but that is played all year long. The game, which combines elements of tennis and racquetball, is played on a court about one-third the size of a tennis court surrounded by 12-foot fencing that allows play off the screens.

A free clinic is offered every Saturday at noon followed by a free one-month trial period.  Meet at the Manklin Meadows platform tennis courts to get started with an instructor and the necessary equipment. Seven drop-ins per week are also offered. Contact Jim Freeman at jimisfreeman@verizon.net or 215-704-4592 for more information.

Another benefit of a platform tennis membership is the option of playing timeless tennis. Those who are no longer comfortable playing on a regular-size tennis court are invited to try the sport, which is new to Ocean Pines and has already attracted a number of players. The game is played on the racquet complex’s platform tennis courts using tennis racquets and low-compression balls. The screens surrounding each of the courts help keep the balls within reach.

Drop-in play is scheduled every Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. and free introductory lessons are available by appointment by calling Araceli Popen at aspopen@yahoo.com or 302-270-8118.

Players who haven’t yet experienced pickleball, a family-friendly racquet sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong, are invited to try out a free beginner training class offered by the Ocean Pines Pickleball Club. Classes will be offered July 8 and Aug. 12 at 8 a.m. and July 20 and Aug. 24 at 4 p.m. at the racquet complex.

A follow-up drop-in will be offered the week after each class so that new skills learned can be used in organized games with other beginner players. The drop-in fee for the outdoor courts is $5 per person, per day. A complete schedule of drop-in times may be found at OceanPines.org. For more information or to register for a beginner class, contact John Hanberry at jhanberry@comcast.net or 703-598-6119.

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.

For more information about racquet sports in Ocean Pines, contact Denise Sawyer, director of marketing and public relations for the Ocean Pines Association, at (410) 641-7717 ext. 3006 or dsawyer@oceanpines.org.

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