Pro tour winner offering tennis clinic at Sea Colony this weekend
For years, Sea Colony Tennis in Bethany Beach has been recognized nationwide and internationally for their facility. Earlier this year, Tennis magazine placed Sea Colony in their Top 50 American Resorts, including No. 3 in the Mid-Atlantic region, and this summer, they hosted the ResortQuest Pro Women’s Open.
It should come as no surprise that the highly decorated tennis resort pulls in plenty of talent, too, and this Friday, July 13, former collegiate All-American and multi-time pro tour winner Luke Jensen will stop by for a clinic and Q&A with guests.
From 2 to 4 p.m., Jensen will conduct a strokes-and-strategy clinic at Sea Colony, followed immediately by a Q&A session from 4 to 5 p.m., before Jensen joins Sea Colony teaching professionals for a pro exhibition.
“This is something that’s really exciting for the community,” said Thomas Johnston, Sea Colony Tennis director. “We love bringing talented individuals like this to Sea Colony, and Jensen has been one of the most impressive over the years.”
Currently the head coach of the Syracuse University women’s tennis team, Jensen earned singles All-American honors in 1986 and 1987 and doubles honors in 1987. In 1993, he reached a career-high doubles ranking of No. 6 in the world, when he and his brother Murphy secured their first Grand Slam. Luke Jensen has earned 10 career doubles titles, his last one coming in 1997.
But one of the most notable features Jensen possesses is the ability to serve a tennis ball ambidextrously, reaching speeds of 130 mph with his right hand and his left hand. The rare phenomenon has awarded him the nickname “Dual Hand Luke.”
“It’s such a unique gift to have that kind of power with both hands for a serve,” said Johnston, who has been with Sea Colony Tennis for two and a half years. “It’s very cool and extremely impressive — something that the public should definitely come out and see. Luke is really a superior player.”
Like Jensen, Johnston has coached a number of high-level players, and working at an esteemed facility like Sea Colony allows him to feature more talent each year.
“There is a consistent level of play here at Sea Colony,” Johnston said. “There are the pro competitions and youth programs that have kids knocking on the door to make their break in Grand Slam tournaments. Sea Colony is one of the first places they’ll come. It’s very inspiring for me, and it generates a ton of interest throughout the community.”
Sea Colony has been named a Top 50 tennis club and has been ranked No. 13 in the world for their tennis camp. They have been ranked as high as No. 4 for their children’s programs and No. 5 for their junior programs by www.tennisresortsonline.com, a site where the rankings are voted upon by players.
For more information about Sea Colony Tennis and the clinic with Dual Hand Luke” set for this weekend, call (302) 539-4488, visit www.seacolonytennis.net or like them on Facebook. The Sea Colony Tennis facility is located at West Way Drive and Kent Avenue, just south of Bethany Beach.