Besides all of the other wonderful activities available on Maui, there is tennis to enjoy.
The beauty of tennis here is that you can play singles or doubles to test your inner game all year round. Play with the snow birds who come for the winter or play with the locals who have rackets and balls in their cars, ever ready for a match. You can make it into a family affair and take lessons focusing on different strokes or court strategy together. All ages can play. There are County clinics for young children, an active juniors program, and 18+, 40+, and 55+ divisions. Don’t forget senior tennis with crafty players well into their 80s who can and will run you around. Rumor goes that there was once a men’s team called the Wailea Stallions. They played year after year after year and later changed their name to the Wailea Senior Stallions. Now, that is dedication!
Public tennis courts can be found in Wailuku at Wells Park at the corner of Wells and Market Street; at War Memorial at Baldwin High School; in Kahului at the Kahului Community Center a few minutes away from Queen Kaahumanu Shopping Center; in Kula at the Kula Community Center near Holy Ghost Church; in Kihei at Kalama Park across from Foodland; and in Lahaina on Front Street and at the Civic Center. The hotels, such as the Royal Lahaina, have tennis courts, as do many of the condo complexes in south and west Maui. Wailea, Makena, and Maui Country Club offer short-term and long-term tennis club memberships. Clinics are available for all levels. Staff will arrange matches.
There are many tournaments throughout the year: USTA League and Challenger, round robin fundraisers, and special local tournaments. Maui has consistently sent women’s and men’s teams to Nationals. Makena Tennis Club has its Pot of Gold tournament with great prizes. The Kapalua Open will celebrate its 33rd annual event in late August, while the annual Wailea Open just celebrated its 30th year in May. The 8th Annual Wailea Fantasy Camp in November will welcome back Tom Gullikson, Lindsay Davenport, and Michael Chang, and other tennis immortals. Besides the first-class instruction, the exhibition matches are fun and exciting to watch. There was one year when Austin and Davenport and their mixed doubles partners were having a volleying duel that looked like it wouldn’t end, so Gullikson threw in another ball. That still didn’t stop them!
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