The Clermont Tennis Academy will provide lessons for residents of all ages and levels in two locations in Clermont, a news release states. Certified tennis professional Damon Ponzie will head up the program at Palatlakaha Park, 1250 12th St., and Lake Felter Park, 1750 Johns Lake Road, strategically located in the northwestern and southeastern areas of the city, respectively.
Starting Sept. 9, the academy will offer a year-round Junior Tennis Academy with opportunities to advance with each session based on age and skill level. Also starting Sept. 9 is adult private instruction, as well as group beginners’ courses for adults.
An opening event is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Sept. 15 at Lake Felter Park. The public is invited to come learn more about the program at this free event.
“We are excited to bring high-quality tennis instruction into the city of Clermont following multiple requests from residents and the city’s desire to offer a robust variety of recreational services,” Scott Davidoff, the city’s parks and recreation director, says in the release.
The academy aims to provide residents with a fun, relaxed environment in which to hone their skills, get involved in tournaments and have access to world-class tennis instruction.
“The Clermont Tennis Academy partnership with the city of Clermont is an amazing and unique opportunity for children and tennis athletes to get hands-on experience and learn from the best instructors in the greater Central Florida community,” Damon says in the release. “I believe it will truly be a gratifying and rewarding experience.”
For the second phase of the program, Damon plans to add women’s tennis leagues by 2020.
Damon is CEO and president of the award-winning Keene’s Pointe Tennis program in Windermere. He is certified by the Professional Tennis Registry and U.S. Professional Tennis Association and earned training master status from the PTR. He has been playing and teaching for 15-plus years and has certifications in 10-and-under tennis, adult development, high performance and 11-to-17 player development. As a junior, he played tournaments throughout the Caribbean, including the Trinidad and Tobago nationals and against international competitors.