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Posted 9 April 2011
April is FTA Membership Registration Month
April is FTA membership registration month. Download the 2011 Membership Application and renew your annual membership to promote and enjoy tennis in our area. Not a member, it is easy to join! Memberships include adult, junior and even supporting members. Click on the Membership Application 2011 link for more information. Have questions? Please feel free to contact us.
Posted 9 April 2011
Outdoor tennis drop in starts soon!
The birds are singing, the snow has melted and the sun is warming up the South Coast! Tennis nets are up at the courts and the Boys and Girls FHS teams have started their season. Sunday morning drop in tennis is scheduled to start on May 1. Email Ken for more information:
Posted January 13, 2011
Saturday Night Tennis Parties
 Although winter is in full blast, tennis is still going on indoors! The next tennis party is this Saturday (January 15) with the February party planned for February 26. Email Ken for more information:
Posted January 11, 2011
Events already planned for 2011 season- Save the dates!
Our volunteers and committees have already begun planning another great tennis year here in Fairhaven. Make sure to check out the calendar and our links periodically for new events. Added today are dates for the 2011 Recreational Coaches Workshop (June 18), the summer kick off Tennis Block Party (May 14) and a Junior Tennis Rally (August 13).

Posted January 4, 2011
Happy New Year! Looking forward to 2011
After an amazing 2010 season, we are playing indoors, but already planning for spring and summer. If you would like to volunteer for any of our activities and programs, please click on the contact us link and send an email!

Posted July 15, 2010
Hastings School Parking Lot Paving week of July 18 2010
The Parking lot at Hastings School will be repaved starting July 18 and this may result in going into another week.
This should not impact our
Sunday Mornings or Wed evenings.
You will have to park in the CVS Parking lot and walk down the path to the right of
All Quick Start practiices, Junior Team Matches, Alyssa' tennis academies will all be moved to Cushman. We may have to reschedule the tennis party.

Posted July 14, 2010
First Quick Start league up and running!
The Fairhaven Tennis Association's first Quick Start League (and we think the first in Mass!) is officially up and running with over 60 children ages 5-10 getting a 'quick start' into playing tennis this summer!
This is a solely volunteer endeavor with middle school and high school players, as well as adults pitching in to coach and mentor these budding tennis players.
The first week we held an orientation session to meet the Quick Starters and started practice this past Monday. Each team of Quick Starts has 4 to 6 players and they rotate through different Skill Stations learning the fine art of tennis.
This Saturday will be the first set of matches: at 9 a.m. for ages 5 to 7 and 10 a.m. for ages 8 through 10.
Stop by and see the tennis revolution in Fairhaven!
And of course if you would like to volunteer to help coach, set up equipment or even just to lend moral support it would be greatly appreciated. Contact Stasia at

Posted June 30, 2010
Congratulations on a great season!
The Fairhaven Tennis Association congratulates both the boy's and girl's high school tennis teams on another great season!

Posted June 1, 2010

Fairhaven teens earn tennis scholarships: Normandeau and Lima to attend prestigious summer tennis camps

Two Fairhaven residents, Alexis Normandeau and Adam Lima, recently earned scholarships to attend prestigious summer tennis camps with scholarship support from the United States Tennis Association. Normandeau and Lima are both junior tennis players with the Fairhaven Tennis Association.

Adam Lima a 14 year-old freshman at Fairhaven High School, and the only freshman to earn a letter on the High School Tennis Team, will be attending the New England Tennis Camp at the Trinity Pawling School in Pawling, New York. All of his expenses will be paid through a $2,300 scholarship for the two week July camp.

Adam was chosen for the scholarship due to his strong commitment to the sport of tennis. He participated in a fund raising program, which allowed him and others to play indoors during the winter. He also played last summer on the Fairhaven Tennis Association Tennis Team.  During the winter he volunteered his time to help out with the Elementary Quick Start Elementary Program. He will be playing this summer for the FTA Junior Team.

Alexis Normandeau a 13 year-old 7th grade student at Hastings Middle School will be attending the NIKE Tennis Camp in Williamstown MA for one week this July. All of her expenses will be paid for through a nearly $1,000 scholarship. Alexis was the winner of the 13 and under girl’s singles title in the August FTA Al Dellecesse Junior Tournament.

Posted May 24, 2010
Register Today for South Coast Open Tennis Tournament
The FTA is hosting the 2nd Annual South Coast Open June 11 through 13. Click on the Tournament link for more info and registration forms.

Posted May 23, 2010
Cookout at Courtside Saturday night!
Join the FTA for a courtside cookout Saturday, June 5, 2010 from 6 to 8 p.m. Please bring a side dish. Hot dogs and water will be served, please bring additional meat if you prefer an alternative.
Sign ups are REQUIRED for this event!
Please email Ken Pottel at

FTA 2010 Block Party a success!

The 2010 Fairhaven Tennis Association Block Party on Saturday May 15, 2010 was an awesome success!
Over 100 people stopped by to play a little tennis, sign up for summer tennis programs and have fun with their fellow tennis players!

Thank  you to all the volunteers for making the FTA 2010 Block Party such a great success!
And thank you to all the tennis players, novice and experienced for stopping by!

Posted April 20, 2010
Pick Up Quick Start on Saturdays
The Fairhaven Tennis Association is hosting three FREE pick up Quick Start sessions beginning Saturday, April 24, 2010. Children and parents are invited to the Hastings Middle School courts for some Quick Start fun and to get the spring tennis season started! FTA volunteers will be on hand to teach the Quick Start format to children as well as answer questions about upcoming league and lesson play this summer. The sessions will be Saturdays, April 24, May 1 and May 8 at 1 p.m. For more questions, please email Ken at

Posted April 15, 2010

Youth Players earn Tennis Camp Scholarships
Two Fairhaven Tennis Association youth players have received tennis scholarships to attend summer tennis camps.
Adam Lima will be attending the New England Tennis Camp for two weeks.
Alexis Normandeau will be attending the Nike Tennis Camp for one week.
Congratulations to both of them! Adam and Alexis have both been a part of our program and both played indoors during the winter.

FREE Beginner Tennis Lessons on Wednesday
Instructor Conrad Gallant will be holding Free Tennis Lessons for Beginners next Wednesday, April 21 at 6 p.m. If you or anyone you know are interested, please contact Conrad directly at (508) 997-1094 or

Posted March 22, 2010
FTA Junior Player stars in Sesquicentennial
Kristen Flynn was one of the participants in the Acushnet Sesquicentennial Pageant on March 7, 2010. Showing off her tennis style, Kristen, age 12, did a great job!

Comedy Night a Success!
The FTA sponsored Night of Laughs to benefit the FHS girls and boys tennis teams was a rousing success! Nearly 200 tickets were sold and the result of all the laughs will be new warm up suits for both teams AND racquet restringing for the teams. Thank you to the Highlander for the space for the event and for all the friends of tennis for attending the night of laughs!

Quick Start League to start in July

The FTA has announced a Quick Start League for elementary age players will start July 12. The league will feature practice nights and matches with teams hosted by parent volunteers.
The six-week league will be only $15 per player, with each player receiving a Quick Start t-shirt!
Signs ups will be held at the FTA Block Party on May 15.

Posted March 10, 2010
FTA in national USTA Magazine
The Fairhaven Tennis Association has been featured in the USTA March/April 2010 edition! What great recognition for our growing program and activities that benefits the whole community!

“Tennis Town” Construction Nearly Complete: Fairhaven CTA has its courts filled

By Tom Flanagan

FAIRHAVEN, Mass. – Even in a typical small, blue-collar town, it’s impossible to know everything about your neighbors.

  So, when Fairhaven resident Ken Pottel placed an ad in a local newspaper looking to connect with other local tennis players, he wasn’t sure what to expect.

  “I knew there were a few tennis players in town, but I was really surprised when we had about 25 people show up at the tennis courts one day,” Pottel said. “A lot of the people didn’t even know each other, but we all had an interest in tennis.”

  Pottel had an interest in things much bigger than hitting with a group of friends once a week. He wanted to make Fairhaven a tennis town.

   And, with a little help from his friends and USTA New England, he has.

 Pottel, a retired educator, led the formation of the Fairhaven Tennis Association, a USTA-recognized community tennis association, in 2007 and the results have united a town.

  “The town has 12 tennis courts, which is really nice, but they weren’t being used,” Pottel said. “I had grown up with the sport and I wanted something to do when I retired. I’ve always enjoyed organizing and I like to take imitative in projects that I believe in.”

 The Fairhaven Tennis Association has more than 100 members and there are currently more than 140 children involved in tennis programming.

 “One of the most important things we did was understand that you need to get kids playing early and you need to engage the parents in what their children are doing,” Pottel said. “In order for the tennis programs in town to perpetuate, we’re going to need both young people and adults involved for a lifetime.”

 The association took full advantage of the QuickStart Tennis format to introduce the sport to area youngsters, and several parents thought highly enough of the concept to get involved in a hands-on manner.

 “We had a recreational coaches workshop where the parents learned to teach the QuickStart format to kids and it was as successful for them as it has been for our kids,” Pottel said. “We now have parents who are teaching QuickStart within the schools, and we have kids who would have otherwise never given tennis chance learning to play and gaining confidence in their ability.”

 Pottel believes QuickStart tennis has been an integral part of the solid numbers in the youth program.

“If a kid doesn’t have confidence in their ability to do something, they may give up,” he said. “With QuickStart, the kids are getting exposure to the basics and that is giving them the confidence to get into some of our other programs, like Jr. Team Tennis. It’s great to hear a kid who has never played before coming off the court telling his parents that he loves tennis. That’s what it’s all about.”

 In fact, the Tennis Bug has been so contagious among the children in the Fairhaven Tennis Association’s programs that there is no longer an offseason.

With help from scores of adult volunteers, more than two dozen children raised funds to defray the costs of indoor lessons during the winter.

Thanks to their efforts in raffles, car washes, spaghetti suppers and pancake breakfasts, the youths collected enough money to take weekly lessons from a pro over the winter.

 “This is a working-class town and most of these kids wouldn’t have been able to afford tennis lessons,” Pottel said. “They worked hard to raise that money to offset the cost and we had so many volunteers and people in town who were extremely generous.”

The Fairhaven Tennis Club has been a model for efficiency.

 When the association was in its early stages, Pottel was doing the bulk of the work. Then he put out a call for help, and the town responded.

 “What’s most rewarding to me is the amount of people who are now involved with the association,” Pottel said. “We were able to form an advisory board and it’s been a great way to use the strengths that everyone has to build our organization. A lot of people have taken ownership in this, and it’s been fantastic.”

The Fairhaven Tennis Association has also secured key partnerships with the town’s schools and park and recreation department and used funds from a USTA New England grant to resurface courts.

 “USTA New England’s help has been invaluable to us,” Pottel said. “We’ve got help in the form of grants and support and that has helped us with marketing. I think that we’ve been able to achieve real, measurable, successful results here and I’m looking forward to seeing tennis in the town grow.”


Posted March 1, 2010
Tennis Nets will be up on March 15!
While the current temperatures and weather may not be hospitable to outside tennis play this week, the tennis nets will be up in Fairhaven on March 15! The boys and girl high school tennis teams will be practicing at Hastings and Cushman tennis courts, with matches at Hastings. Click on the High School Teams link under the Youth Programs section on the FTA website.

Thank you to FTA Member
A special thank you to FTA member Jannine Mitchell who helped secure a $1000 donation to the Fairhaven Tennis Association from Wal Mart.

Posted February 24, 2010
FTA Quick Start on the USTA New England Website!

Posted February 20, 2010

Posted February 17, 2010
FTA Bus Trip to US Open

FTA VP, Conrad Gallant, is organizing a bus tour to the US Open on September 4, 2010.  Currently the cost is $30 per person for the bus plus roughly about $45 per person for a grounds pass. 
Sign ups are now open for the trip with the first 57 people to sign up to go.  If there is more interest, there may be enough for a second bus.
I am not collecting money at this point but will in the very near future for the bus only.
Please email Conrad at if you are interested.  This is open to everyone not just FTA members.  

Spring Match Play starting soon! Send in your Member form!

While there may still be snow on the ground, spring is just around the corner, and that means that outside tennis play will be starting soon!
Make sure you are ready to start the season by joining the FTA now. Click on the Membership Application link and download your form.

Posted February 12, 2010

Beginner Adult Class to be held

After the Organizational Meeting we held on Monday, February 8, there were many parents and adults who were interested in learning to play this coming season.   Come spring, VP Conrad Gallant will hold an adult beginners class for people who want to learn the game and will have the ability to compete this coming season. 
 If anyone is interested ... or if you know of any adult who would be interested, please contact Conrad at or (508) 997-1094. 
After participants are contacted, the date, time and place for the class will be confirmed.

Quick Start...not just for kids!

Are you an Adult (well most of the time) who wants to play Quick Start?!? The FTA is in the process of putting together an Adult Quick Start time during the summer. If you haven't played this format with foam balls and smaller nets, then try it out at our Block Party coming up in May! The Quick Start format is easy for all levels of players, fun and even a great workout if you want. Plus it is a fun way to enjoy time with friends and even make new ones. Stay tuned for more info. Interested in participating? Contact Ken Pottel at and let him know you are interested in playing Adult Quick Start this summer.

Want to help out? Become an FTA Volunteer!
The Fairhaven Tennis Association has several volunteer opportunities. Click on the Volunteer Opportunities link for specifics.
In the News:

August 2010:
Halle, Davis win tournament

June 2010:
Niemiec returns to Fairhaven for summer lessons

FTA holds 2nd annual tennis tourney

Fairhaven teens earn tennis scholarships(page 17)

April 2010:
Comedy Night raised funds for tennis teams

Comedy Night benefits FHS tennis teams (Page 20)

March 2010:

Tennis 2010 Preview: Fairhaven warms to fuzzies

Comedy Night to benefit FHS Tennis

"Tennis Town" Construction Nearly Complete: Fairhaven CTA has its Courts Filled.
As featured in USTA March/April Magazine

February 2010:
Tennis group doesn't let snow stop 'em (Page 10)

January 2010:

High School Tennis player Ray Lawton honored by MIAA for sports and academics

Fairhaven Tennis Association teams up with local schools

July 2009:
South Coast Open Weekend of Tennis highlights local talent

June 2009:
Cross court efforts spurs on resurgence of South Coast Tennis

May 2009:

Tennis Anyone: Fairhaven Tennis Association serves up great fun on Opening Day

May 2008:

FTA Announces new Tennis Pro

March 2008:

Talking Tennis with the FTA

June 2007:

Fairhaven tennis club fills courts at Hastings, Cushman