Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tennis Anyone?

North Texas Lifestyle’s focus this week is on the Premier Tennis Club in North Texas, T Bar M Racquet Club.  This well known facility sits on 13 acres just north of LBJ, just east of Preston Road, an unlikely spot for 30 courts (8 indoor, 8 true clay, 14 hard surface), an Olympic size pool,  workout facility and restaurant.  T Bar M offers exciting training and play for all levels. However, it may be best known for the Academy of Tennis, for those aspiring young tennis stars!  Each February, T Bar M hosts the Challenger Tournament, which garners national attention.
http://www.tbarmtennis.com/pages/index.cfm?siteid=10042

We have been members of this club since the early 80’s.  Our family spent countless hours on these courts, playing TCD (Tennis Competitors of Dallas) matches, “fun” court time with friends or watching our daughter through private lessons, junior development or junior team tennis.  You might say that during the 80’s and early 90’s T Bar M was a huge part of our lives.
This brings me to the reason for this story….last Sunday we introduced our 2 year old grandson, “L,” to tennis and to T Bar M!  Our grand plan consisted of two of us hitting, while the other “played” tennis with L!  L had a hand-me–down racquet that matched his height perfectly, but clearly too big for him to handle!  After a quick stop by the pro shop, we returned with a more suitable racket option for our lil’ guy.  “L” was so proud of HIS bumble bee yellow and black racket, that when he was asked if he wanted a drink of water, his quick response was, “No, playing tennis”!  Our tennis afternoon consisted of one of us gently bouncing the ball in front of “L” while the other would help him hold and swing the racquet. 
While having the opportunity for this wonderful family time, I couldn’t help but think back on the last 30 years of our tennis friends and special moments.  I recalled hours on these same courts playing a sport we love.  I never dreamed that one day I would have my precious “little guy” by my side, wanting to chase the balls, run the lines with me, all the while, he beamed with pride because of his new 12” long tennis racquet that his Nana and Gramp bought for him that day!  This may be the most memorable moment of being a long time member of T Bar M for this beyond proud Nana!

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