OTA TENNIS CLINIC
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At OTA, we are Family. We work hard and manage our time to reach our goals. We have FUN! We believe in ourselves, our teammates, and the OTA Way. We give ourselves space to dream. And then we put our dreams into action.
Ozark Tennis Academy is designed to address the needs of everyone from the beginning tournament player to the future collegiate star. We understand that not every player is looking to be the next Rafa Nadal or Maria Sharapova. Still, we believe that developing a strong work ethic, being part of a team, and discovering how to compete with passion and class are invaluable lessons in life… and that learning those lessons can be FUN! This comprehensive program is designed to give all of our players a chance to realize their potential – both on and off the court.
Join Ozark Tennis Academy to improve your skills by participating in drills focusing on technique in team events. Campers will also learn valuable lessons about sportsmanship and teamwork!
Who: Ages 6 - Adult
When: Monday Evenings
Location: Northwest Park
Each participant is to bring their own racket, closed-toe athletic shoes, water bottle, and one health
meet coach matias de genaro
Matias De Genaro joined the OTA family in 2015. Originally from Argentina, he spent 9 years coaching in Spain, the last five as the Director of Tennis at Club de Campo Santa Barbara. He played professionally, reaching ATP rankings of 845 in singles and 624 in doubles. Since his playing career ended, he has been a training partner for 2 players who are currently ranked in the Top 100 in the world (and another in the Top 135), and have played in Grand Slam Tournaments.
As a coach certified in both the Spanish system (RPT) and as a USPTA Elite Professional, he has worked with a woman who reached WTA rankings of 591 in singles and 535 in doubles. When he left Spain, Matias was coaching the #1 ranked U14 boy in the country, the #15 ranked U16 boy, and the #77 ranked U16 boy.
Currently, he is the lead coach for some players who are top 100 in the Southern Section:
- Darby Allison – 67 in Girls 14s
- Mercedes Merino – 35 in Girls 12s
- Hayden Shoemake – 29 in Boys 16s (Currently playing tennis at Citadel University at South Carolina)
- Brooke Killingsworth – 2 in Girls 16s, Top 72 in the country (Currently playing tennis at Wake Forest University at North Carolina)
Beau Basham is the longest-tenured OTA coach on staff, joining as an assistant in 2013. He was one of the top-ranked juniors in Arkansas growing up, and ranked Top 50 in the Southern Section. He went on to play for the University of Arkansas – Ft. Smith on a full scholarship. Upon finishing his playing career, he immediately began to work as a teaching professional. Prior to joining the OTA family, he was coaching at the Central Arkansas Junior Tennis Academy, where he not only taught lessons and drills, but also traveled with junior players all over the South.
He arrived at OTA as an assistant, quickly rose to one of the lead coaches, before taking on Head Pro duties when Jared and Christy handed over the reins of the program. Beau has been connected to the growth of the Bentonville Parks and Recreation program in a major way, and his continued efforts have provided a link to OTA’s past, while guiding the Bentonville Parks and Recreation program into an increasingly brighter future.