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COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) – Watch out Wimbledon, there is some competition for you here in north Mississippi.  A junior tennis team has some aspiring atheletes that are optimistic and eager about learning the sport of tennis and the leagues coordinators hope to inspire the community to get invovled.

We’re not talking tennis pros at wimbeldom in the plush courts of New York City. These are future tennis chanpions bing groomed in our own backyard of columbus. Thanks to the mississippi tennis association, children from the ages of five to eighteen can now learn the sport of tennis as well as the importance of getting in shape.

Vanita Mattix, the junior tennis team coordinator says, “It’s just important to get kids active in all that they do. being a healthcare proffesional, it’s important to keep kids active because of the prevalence of obesity in our state.”

The columbus junior tennis team partnered with the Untied States Tennis Association is filling a void for children who want to learn to play tennis but can’t afford league dues. With excitement in their eyes, the junior league members have high hopes for the future.

The tennis groups coordinators hope to recruit more players as well as more local support and create a buzz about the league and it’s positive impact on the children of the community.

Membership fees are as low as $20 and league fees are $16. For more information on how to get involved with the group, go to usta.com or mstennis.com, click on the Columbus area link for details.

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