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Women’s Tennis Free Clinic
The women’s tennis team hosted free clinic at Birmingham’s George Ward Park this weekend for all comers age 10 or older. The clinic will be split into two sessions, one from 10 to 11:30 am and the other from 11:30 to 1 pm.
“There a number of purposes for hosting the clinic,” UAB women’s tennis team Coach Mark Tija said. “We want to give back to the tennis community, to expose the game of tennis to as many people as we can by providing a free, fun format to accommodate large numbers, and to provide a way for the public to interact with and get to know the girls on our team. Our players are our greatest asset and we want people to get to know them,” Tija said.
Tija also hopes that the clinic will attract a fan base and promote George Ward Park, the site of the team’s home matches. He has served as the UAB women’s tennis team’s head coach since January 17 of this year. Under Head Coach Tija and Assistant Coach Nugent, the team upset No. 67 Northwestern State 4-3 at home on February 9.
“We want the community to know that we need their support and want to support them. We are thankful to be part of this Blazer family and want to show appreciation to our fans by spending the day with them,” team member Carolina Faught said.
Faught is a senior and a fourth year player for the UAB’s women’s tennis team. She will be returning in the fall to play a fifth year for the team by taking a medical hardship after undergoing surgery. Faught, as well as the rest of the women’s tennis team, will volunteer to coach at the event.
The team plans to hold biannual clinics in the future, with one each fall and spring semester.
More information on the UAB’s women’s tennis team can be found on Twitter (@UABAthletics), Facebook (UAB Blazers) and online (www.UABSports.com).