Last Updated: Jun 5th, 2014 - 10:44:40


Tennis clinics set for county
By Jody O'Hara
Jun 5, 2014, 10:41

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There will be no shortage of opportunities for Stone County residents to learn the game of tennis this summer.
Whether a rank beginner or an experienced competitor, students will be able to find instruction to suit their skill level.
Things kick off next Monday when Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College hosts its 11th annual tennis camp.
Previously conducted on the Gulf Coast, the camp moves this year to the college's new tennis facility on the Perkinston campus.
"This is a developmental camp we use to promote tennis in the area and enhance the quality of life of the individuals who take part," said MGCCC tennis Coach Gary Bourgeois. "Through the camp, we're able to teach children a sport they can enjoy for a lifetime."
A former instructor for the Nick Bolletieri Tennis Academy, Bourgeois is recognized as one of the best college coaches in the National Junior College Athletic Association.
He has spent 34 years in player development and has taken the Bulldogs to the NJCAA national tournament in eight of his 11 years at the helm.
He will be assisted by Stephen Georgian, an assistant coach at William Carey University and Nick Georgian, a former MGCCC player and a current member of the William Carey team.
The camp runs from 9-11:30 a.m Monday through Friday.
Registration is from 8-9 a.m. Monday at the complex, located on West Wire Road across from A.L. May Memorial Stadium.;
Cost of the camp is $150 and includes instruction, player development, a t-shirt, drinks and awards.
More information is available by contacting Bourgeois at 228-897-3788 or 228-313-1944 or by e-mail at gary.bourgeois@mgccc.edu
Near the end of the month, Wynn Tennis Center on Fifth Avenue in Wiggins will begin hosting the first of five tennis camps.
Conducted by United States Professional Tennis Association Elite Professional Chris Fasth, the camps will for those 5-years-old and above.
Fasth, who likely held a racquet before he could walk, said all skill levels would be accommodated.
Like Bourgeois, Fasth sees the sport as a life experience.
"Once you get somebody hooked on tennis, it turns into a sport of a lifetime," he said.
Fasth, a native of Sweden, was raised in the sport and has been teaching since he was in high school.
He was once selected Coach of the Year while at the helm at St. Stanislaus High School.
He taught at the Gulf Coast Tennis Club, Bayou Bluff and served as Director of Tennis at Abbey Road in Pass Christian.
Camps at Wynn Tennis Center will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the first will begin June 23 with the remainder held the following four weeks.
Cost is $125 per session and additional children in a family may register for $105.
More information is available by contacting Fasth at 228-731-7222 or by e-mail at chrisfasth@yahoo.com


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