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Beth Arms

Leigh Chak

Michele Duffy

Marianne Marcoux

Laura Roberson

George Ryals

Barbie Slatton

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The Ocala Tennis Association (OTA) is a non-profit association whose members are proponents of the sport of tennis and its growth in the Greater Ocala community.


As a service organization, OTA supports and promotes tennis among juniors and beginners,

as well as hosting events for its members.

On Saturday May 6, the Ocala Tennis Association (OTA) hosted their first community outreach tennis event at the Tuscawilla Park courts. It was an introduction to tennis for the whole family and twenty individuals joined us for two fun hours of play from 10:00 until noon. It did not matter if they arrived in flipflops since we had brand new socks (which they kept) and tennis shoes to loan them, as well as racquets. While Ocala Parks & Rec had generously offered us all six courts, we set up on three:  We placed two short nets (36’) and red balls on one court for the youngest players; green balls on another; and we put out cones and markers on the 3rd ‘Hit for Prizes’ court. Our thanks to the tennis pros who came out to teach with lots of enthusiasm and energy – in two languages when necessary - Austin Carolla of Golden Ocala Tennis, and Juan Munoz, Dave Chover, and Leigh Chak all from the Fort King Tennis Center.  Dave was so pleased to see some of his players, after just an hour of instruction, return to the courts from a quick shopping trip to purchase racquets and balls. Now, that’s how easily folks get hooked to the sport of tennis!  Also on hand was our USTA Coordinator Ty Wolter who set up a tent and table alongside our OTA table and banner with our volunteers ready to hand out prizes, giveaways, treats, and summer tennis flyers and other information. Our yard signs for our OTA Sponsors were proudly displayed. Of course, OTA Volunteers were on hand from setup to cleanup, providing lots of encouragement and mentoring players. Thanks to our tennis ambassadors Rebecca Long, Deb Schaffer, and OTA Board members Michele Duffy, Leigh Chak, Laura Roberson, George Ryals, Marianne Marcoux, and Beth Arms. Marianne recalls asking a young participant if he owned a racquet to which he replied regretfully he did not. She handed him a new junior racquet and said “Well, now you do!” His was not the only happy face that morning. OTA is already planning another community event at Tuscawilla. So, stay tuned for another round of FREE tennis fun for the whole family!

The Ocala Tennis Association proudly congratulates the Evans-Molock Family! Ebony, Dwayne, and Madison were nominated, won, and received the USTA Florida Outstanding Family Award at the recent USTA FL Annual Meeting and Tennis Celebration. They were recognized for all their contributions promoting tennis in Florida at all levels of participation. If you know this wonderful tennis enthusiastic family, you are not surprised they won these accolades! Ebony said she and her family thoroughly enjoyed celebrating the future of tennis and are grateful to their community that continues to support and share their love for tennis. And the Ocala/Marion County tennis community is thrilled for Ebony, Dwayne, and Madison and indebted to them! Much tennis love to you three!

Hey Juniors!

The High School Jamboree held on Saturday February 4 proved to be a lot of fun for everyone! Thanks to all our participants, our teaching pros, our DJ, and our dedicated Sponsor Joel Raney!

Check out the OTA $cholarship Program on the JUNIORS Page should you ever need a helping hand. We're here for you!

Stay tuned to hear about our next juniors event scheduled for early fall - a Dueling Dragons Doubles Tournament for all levels!

Hey Adult Beginners!

The graduates of the Love To Learn/Love to Play programs

enjoyed a fun green ball round robin on

Saturday January 14 at the Fort King Tennis Center.

Join the next session for the Love 2 Learn/Love 2 Play programs 

offered at the Fort King Tennis Center by emailing Leigh Chak at vacocala@gmail.com

or for programs at other clubs email Ty Wolter at ustaflorida.com

Tennis could become a lifetime pursuit!

 Hey Adult Members!

Thanks to all who joined us for some fun cardio tennis, a round robin, and a bit of champagne to toast the New Year!

Good fun at the recent "Mix It Up Valentine's Round Robin"!

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