Tennis thriving at Harmon Field

Published 1:17 pm Thursday, March 10, 2011

The tennis courts at Harmon Field have a new FlexCourt synthetic playing surface, new nets and new benches.

Carolina Junior Tennis will offer instruction for youth on Monday and Tuesday afternoons. Visit for more information.

The Thermal Belt Community Tennis Association is planning a “new playing surface” dedication celebration for all ages on Saturday, April 2 (time TBA) with fun, games and snacks. They also offer playing opportunities for adults at various times. Email for more info.

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WNC USTA Adult Team Tennis League will have several teams playing at Harmon Field this spring. Contact USTA Coordinator Bevie Walker for more information at 828-749-5616.

Two courts are reserved Mondays and Tuesdays from 3 – 6 p.m. for Carolina Kids Tennis Academy. Four courts are reserved Tuesdays from 6 – 9 p.m. for USTA Team Tennis (March 29 – May 24: various dates). Four courts are reserved Thursdays from 5 – 9 p.m. for TBCTA mixers (March 24 – June 2).

Carolina Junior Tennis will present the second annual Free Tennis Clinic for the students of Polk County School on Saturday, April 9 at Harmon Field in Tryon. Kindergarten and first grades will be held from 10 – 10:30 a.m., first and second grades will be held from 10:30 – 11 a.m. and third, fourth and fifth grades will be held from 11 a.m. – noon.

This is a beginner tennis clinic, which will cover two of the major strokes in tennis as well as a number of drills and games for prizes. Students are also invited to attend a free clinic at O.P. Earle Elementary School on April 16 during the same time periods. On April 30 from 9 a.m. – noon, a skills tournament, a level V tournament and a tennis carnival will be held at USC Upstate in Spartanburg. All students in Polk County Schools are also invited to attend this free event.

Bring your tennis racquet. A limited number of racquets will be provided for children without racquets.

The clinic will be taught by Cary Davenport, a certified United States Tennis Professional for more than 30 years, and Edgar Rodriguez, the number one player at USC Upstate and formally ranked 65th in the world as a junior player and a quarter finalist as a junior player at Wimbledon, England. Also assisting will be Luis Campos, former top ranked junior player in Brazil.

Additional information may be obtained by calling Cary Davenport at 864-415-8775 or by email at or on the web at