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TCU Club Tennis emphasizes inclusivity for all skill levels

A doubles team warming up before practice. (Katie Mitchell/Staff Writer)

TCU Club Tennis is competitive, but club leadership is trying to build an inviting team open to people of all skill levels.

After adding new members, the team has begun practicing in preparation for sectionals in the winter.

“I wanted to create a really inviting environment where people feel like they can come and have fun, no matter what skill level you are,” said Nick White, a junior finance and accounting major who is vice president of the club.

“The best part is off the court, which says a lot about the people we have here.” 

TCU Tennis Club practicing coed doubles. (Katie Mitchell/Staff Writer)

Ella Anderson, a junior entrepreneurship major, said she has been playing tennis since she was 5 years old.

She said she joined club tennis during her first year at TCU to continue to play while meeting new people on campus.

“It’s fun to have friends who, outside of your school values, care about the same idea of staying active,” Anderson said.

The club said they have strong camaraderie, which gives them a competitive edge. They’ll display it in their tournament in the winter.

“Competing in the tournament is huge,” said Lauren Adriano, senior kinesiology major. “You’re actually playing matches and getting competitive.”

Noah Myers, first-year business major, said he values team bonding as well as game improvement. “I want to progress as much as possible and play more competitively.

President Robert Valashinas hitting during practice. (Katie Mitchell/Staff Writer)

My goals and aspirations in tennis are something I want to foster in this team and this environment,” Myers said.

Last season, a few members competed in the national tournament in Arizona. 

The team is hoping to return. “It’s just showing up for the team and myself and not taking days off too often,” Ella said.

TCU Club Tennis practices from 2:30-4:30 p.m. every Monday and 7-9 p.m. every Friday at the Bayard H. Freeman courts behind Worth Hills. 

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