The Frankfort Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites Department will offer a social doubles tennis league beginning June 4 and 5 at the Franklin County High School courts.
According to Tennis Director John Arnett, the league will have a different format than has been offered in the past.
“We were looking for a way to include the most people and make it the most fun. This year, you can play doubles even if you don’t have a regular partner,” Arnett said.
The open format, co-ed league will be open to anyone over age 16 who wants to play. Each Monday or Tuesday night at 6, all players will assemble at the FCHS courts.
Players will rate themselves as beginners or returning players, intermediate players or advanced players, depending on experience. Players of comparable experience and ability will paired randomly and will play another similarly matched pair. At the end of the first set, players swap partners and play another set.
Beginners and advanced players will play on Mondays this year and intermediate players will be on court on Tuesdays.
The co-ed format allows more opportunity to create competitive teams. A foursome may consist of a mixed doubles pair playing a men’s duo. Only a player’s skill determines how a team is made, without gender being a factor.
Each player will keep track of the number of games he or she wins in the course of the evening, no matter what side they play on. Scores will be reported to the league commissioner at the end of the evening.
There is no requirement that players attend a certain number of matches or attain a particular USTA rating. The open format lends itself to flexibility and allows players to play at their convenience.
“The best part is that you could get to play with someone new every week, and you don’t need to worry if your regular partner will show up for a match,” added Arnett.
“With the hundreds of good tennis players here in Frankfort, we expect a lot of participation and a good time for everyone. We’re planning to emphasize the social aspect as much as the athletic part,” Arnett said.
The Park’s fee for entry is $25 and is payable the first night a player participates. For more details, contact Arnett at 382-8542.