FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas men’s tennis team welcomed the DJRII 5th Annual Kids Tennis Day to the Dills Indoor Courts on Saturday. The event, sponsored by David R. Johnson II Memorial, Inc. and Pagnozzi Charities and assisted by the Arkansas Razorbacks Compliance and Student Life offices, is a chance for children from Pagnozzi Charities to experience tennis with coaching from Razorbacks head coach Robert Cox, assistant coach Eduardo Rincon and the Hogs.“Anytime we can introduce tennis to the kids, it’s always fun,” Cox said. “I get a kick out of watching the players I coach, turn around and coach the kids. The players and kids always have fun playing around with each other at this event every year.”
The two hour clinic included lessons in forehands, backhands and volleys, broken up by a lunch of pizza and cookies. The day closed with a relay race in which teams of five dashed between baseline and net, stacking tennis rackets. Fun was clearly had by all, as the smiles on the faces of the kids and the Hogs were equally big.
“It’s nice to do a tennis event where we can relax and have fun,” junior Taylor King, one of nine Hogs to volunteer his time on Saturday,said. “It lets us be kids again for a little bit.”
The Hogs will have a bit more time to relax away from the courts before traveling to Lexington, Ky. for the SEC Indoor Invitational, Jan. 15-19. For complete coverage of Razorbacks men’s tennis, log onto ArkansasRazorbacks.com.