The Middletown Tennis Association is working to make the sport more popular in the Middletown area,

The Middletown Tennis Association is hoping to boost the popularity of tennis in the area.

MTA officials report the tennis clinics run at the Middletown High School tennis courts and are taught by coaches who have participated in the sport on a competitive or professional level. The clinics run twice per week, with each session lasting for 60 minutes each, in groups determined by age.

The trio of clinics are for ages ten and under, 14 and under, and 18 and under. Officials said the first night is dedicated to practice and basic instructions such as how to hit a forehand and backhand, and how to properly serve a tennis ball.

The second night gives the participants an opportunity to play a traditional match against people at similar skill levels. Each summer session last for four weeks, and the initial summer session 2013 had about 50 participants.

Athletes may still sign up for the second summer session. MTA plans to hold two sessions each summer.

Volunteers are still needed to help run an additional program at Appoquinimink High School this fall.

The Appoquinimink School District opens the Middletown courts on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. through the rest of the summer. Check the District website for open court times.

MTA held a fund-raising tournament last weekend. The proceeds will go to a deserving high school senior participating in tennis as a scholarship to the college of their choice.

For more information on the Junior and Adult programs and other special camps and events, visit the following website:, or contact the association at