Little kids, big racquets
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Little kids, big racquets

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CLEAR LAKE | Owen and Isaac Smith marched onto the Clear Lake High School tennis courts Thursday morning ready for a lesson.

Their mom Sarah, of Clear Lake, plays and wanted her sons, ages 7 and 6, to learn the game.

"We play for fun and I try to get them involved in things that will make them well-rounded people," Sarah said.

Owen said he watches tennis on TV sometimes but doesn't have a favorite player.

"I like it because it's really good for a sport and it's just fun," he said.  

HIS BROTHER ISAAC isn't sure if tennis will be a lifelong sport for him.

"I kinda like it," he said. But then quickly added, "We get to hit balls and it's like a super good sport."

But tennis, like anything in life, has its challenges.

When asked what is the most difficult thing about tennis, Isaac said "to hit it over the net and get the balls."

This was just the second lesson of the session for the kids.

Charlotte Lollar, 7, Clear Lake, was concentrating on a hitting drill.

"It's good to exercise and it's fun," she said.

THE LESSONS ARE ABOUT FUN, not necessarily developing the next Rafael Nadal or Maria Sharapova.

Instructor Jenna Peterson, Clear Lake, played tennis for Clear Lake High School. She has been playing the game since the age of 5.

"We start with just some fundamental things like forehands and then probably some backhands and we try to incorporate some games just to make it more fun and keep them interested," Peterson said.

The program is offered by the Clear Lake Parks and Recreation Department.

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