Troy Tennis Association holds camp

Published 3:00 am Friday, June 10, 2016

After 25 seasons, the Troy Tennis Association is back up and running.

With the help of Troy University tennis coach Scott Kidd, association president Carla Oswald has revamped what was once a booming association in Troy.

“He (Coach Kidd) kind of put himself out there to help the players of Pike Lib and Charles Henderson,” Oswald said. “We formed a relationship that way. He sat down with me and told me now is the time to start the association.”

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Tennis was once a popular sport in Troy, but its popularity had waned with younger players until recently.

“Twenty plus years ago it got popular with a group of older men that have been playing for years,” Oswald said. “Then it kind of died down and there wasn’t much activity at all.”

Oswald believes that tennis is all about word of mouth, and she became involved after her children picked up the game.

“It sort of rippled out,” Oswald said. “We knew now was the time to jump on that and get involved. We are just really blessed that both the Troy men’s and women’s coaches are just amazing.”

Tennis has been in Oswald’s blood since she was young, when her father helped run the original Troy Tennis Association.

To restart the group, Oswald and other current board members worked out a plan and the Troy Tennis Association officially revamped on June 1.

Oswald is joined by Vice President Mike Dean and Secretary Lynn Helms.

The Tennis Association was created for people who want to learn and play the sport. The association seeks to connect people with the proper instructors or camps to help them improve their game.

“It’s a resource,” Oswald said. “It’s for people that don’t know a lot about tennis and don’t know how to get involved. It gives people the opportunity to know what is going on.”

Starting on Monday, the Troy Tennis Association will put on their first of several camps that will be happening throughout the summer.

“The clinics are broken into groups,” Oswald said. “Four days a week, twice a day we have kids and adults out there playing,”

The clinics are broken up into three different groups, ages four through eight, eight through 17 and an adult group. Skill levels range from beginner to advanced.

Current Troy University players will serve as instructors in the camp along with the head coaches, when available.

“We sat down and made a schedule and figured out weeks where three or four were going to be here,” Oswald said. “They will come first thing that morning and we’ll have drinks and have pizza at the end of the day. We will do drills for beginners to advanced players, which is why we have so many people helping.”

Participants will be able to play three game matches throughout the week and a tournament at the end of the summer.

The camp and clinics will be only open for members of the Troy Tennis Association. For anybody interested in joining the association they can head to the Lunsford Tennis Complex and fill out a form or send an email to There is a one-time fee of $25. Members of the association that are interested in joining in the camp can register by also sending an email to