WHEELING - The Wheeling Oglebay Tennis Club will kick off its outdoor season on May 3 at Oglebay Park with a day of tennis activities.
Brett Andrews, WOTC Board of Directors member, who is assisting with the planning, said, "The WOTC is working to share tennis with the community, to grow the club membership and to make the day a more family-oriented event."
A professional doubles exhibition will be played at the Oglebay courts from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The match will feature Wheeling Park Commission professional Jeremy McClelland along with his guests, fellow tennis professionals. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
The Wheeling Oglebay Tennis Club Membership Fun Day set for May 3 at the Oglebay tennis facility is open to tennis enthusiasts of all ages.
McClelland views the exhibition as "an opportunity to show the community what fun tennis can be. Without the pressure of competition, the pros will relax, interact with the spectators and even try some trick shots."
Junior WOTC member Wyatt Andrews, 10, said, " The whole day will be fun, but I am really excited to see the pros play."
The other activities for the day are for tennis enthusiasts who join the WOTC. Club members may participate in any or all of the festivities. The day's activities will begin with a round robin from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oglebay courts. Members of all ages and ability levels are invited to join in the match play. Taylor Andrews, age 8, said, "I am looking forward to meeting new kids at the round robin."
After the exhibition, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 pm, WOTC members will gather at Haller Shelter for a brief meeting for the election of board members and a social. Dinner will begin around 5 p.m. The day will conclude with live music by Ezra Hamilton from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
WOTC membership runs May 1 through April 30, 2015. New members and returning members can pay the annual dues at the courts or at the shelter that day. Membership forms also are available at the Wheeling and Oglebay tennis shops. Family, single adult and junior memberships are available at very reasonable rates.
Membership in the club allows players to get discounts during weekend winter play in the bubble, to participate in free round robins, to enjoy socials during the Jack Dorsey Senior Memorial and West Virginia open tournaments and to compete in ladder competition.
The Wheeling Oglebay Tennis Club promotes tennis with youth and adult programs. For example, middle school tennis offers youth the opportunity to compete in interscholastic matches during a six-week program. The organization also presents two adult tournaments during the summer. Members are encouraged to compete in or to assist with these activities.
Those planning to attend the dinner should RSVP by April 30 to Laura Carter at (304) 232-5978; or Peggy Ewing at (304) 242-1494. For information, call WOTC President Debbie Pickens at (304) 639-4434.