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Get in shape playing tennis at Rancho Cienega
By Sentinel News Service
Published November 30, 2011

Get in shape like tennis pro Serena Williams! 

Local tennis club says don’t want until New Year’s to get into shape. That’s what members of SoCal’s largest Black tennis club are asking. 

With the New Year’s weight loss rush set to commence on January 2, the Rancho Cienega Tennis Club is inviting former tennis players and beginners to come out and join them for their monthly potluck mixer at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Center of L.A. on Saturday, December 3, 2011 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.  

“Tennis is one of those sports that works out your entire body,” board member Denise Self says.  “It’s a great way to work off those extra holiday pounds or to get a jumpstart on 2012 by trying something new or coming back to a sport that you once enjoyed.”

A sport recently made more popular in America over the last decade with the help of the Williams’ sisters, Venus and Serena, tennis has been time honored tradition among Blacks in Los Angeles many of whom hold court daily at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Center of L.A. located adjacent to Dorsey High School in Baldwin Hills.

One of the oldest and the largest African-American tennis clubs in California, the Rancho Cienega Tennis Club boasts members of all ages, shapes, sizes, and skill levels who come out from dawn until dusk seven days a week to the twelve court tennis center that was recently remodeled thanks to 10th District Councilmember and now Council President-Elect Herb Wesson Jr.

For those who have never picked up a racket, local tennis legend and Master Tennis Coach LeGeorge Mauldin hosts a weekly adult group tennis class on Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in addition to offering private classes.

“The parks are here for us to use,” says Phyllis Taylor, board member of the tennis club and long time tennis player.  “Instead of paying to join a gym, we should take more advantage of the resources right in our community.”

If you want to get a jumpstart on your 2012 weight loss goal and learn something new, the Rancho Cienega Tennis Club invites you to join them Sat., Dec. 3, from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the Arthur Ashe Tennis Center of L.A. (5001 S. Rodeo Road) for their membership drive and potluck mixer event. Find out more about them and the event online at


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