Edwardsville tennis ‘proud’ of summer events and camps

Edwardsville tennis ‘proud’ of summer events and camps


The Tiger Tennis Camp is just the beginning of a busy summer for the Edwardsville tennis program and EHS coach David Lipe.

Lipe also directs the Edwardsville Tennis Academy.

Both the Tiger Tennis Camp and the Edwardsville Tennis Academy go for seven weeks.

Since the EHS teams don’t do any fundraising throughout the year, the camps raise money for the program.

But none of the camps started because of financial reasons.

“All of this was driven by one thing: excellence,” Lipe said. “We had to provide training because no one else was providing it locally. The kids needed great training for us to be as good as we could be.”


The camps haven’t been exclusive to Edwardsville and Glen Carbon kids.

Lipe said that the camps routinely have kids from all around the Metro East area, and even from St. Louis.

“I’m proud of the fact that we’ve opened up our training for anyone who wants to do it,” Lipe said. “We’ve made tennis accessible.”

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Providing a world-class facility would be enough for most programs, but EHS and Lipe don’t stop there. Camps and youth programs hosted by the EHS tennis program provide 100 percent financial aid for those who need it. This includes complete access to equipment, as well as refreshments in some instances.

“We’ve made it possible for people who need financial help to be able to play the game,” Lipe said. “Tennis is not as expensive as most sports because you can come here and practice for free if you need the assistance.”

In order to participate in Tiger Tennis Camp or Edwardsville Tennis Academy, participants must register before June 1. District 7 employees receive a 50 percent discount on program prices.

Since building the Edwardsville Tennis Center at EHS in 1997, the facility has been the home to these camps, as well as different tournaments, such as the Edwardsville Futures, a USTA pro circuit tournament that has top-ranked players from around the world.

The Edwardsville Futures takes place July 25-31, with preceding wildcard events throughout June and July.

“I couldn’t do all of this without the school district,” Lipe said. “We created this great facility and we share it with the world. That’s the synergy we have here at EHS. We have world-class facilities and we share them with the world.”

The Edwardsville Open is Friday-Sunday. The men’s singles champion will receive a main draw wildcard in the Edwardsville Futures. The women’s singles winner will earn a wildcard qualification for the Evansville Women’s Futures in July.

On July 16 at 10 am is the Saturday Doubles Shoutout. The winner earns a wildcard qualification for the Edwardsville Futures.

The Pro Wildcard Challenge on July 21-22 will give a wildcard qualification for the Edwardsville Futures. Play begins at 1 pm on July 21.

From 6:30-7:30 pm on July 25, the first night of the Edwardsville Futures, is the Kids Night at the Futures. Kids of all ages can participate in a free clinic led by Edwardsville Tennis Academy and Tiger Tennis Camps.

This year’s Diversity Day at the Futures takes place July 27, the Wednesday of the Edwardsville Futures. The kid’s clinic is 9-11 am at Liberty Middle School with a lunch and presentation at EHS to follow.

Mitch ‘n’ Friends, a special needs clinic hosted at the Meyer Center YMCA, is 6:30-7:30 pm on July 28.

During the Friday night doubles matches of the Edwardsville Futures on July 29, Edwardsville residents receive free admittance as part of Fan Appreciation Day.

The Edwardsville Futures will conclude on July 31 with Championship Sunday.

For more information, visit the Edwardsville tennis website or Edwardsville Futures website.

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