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Sharing his love of tennis

Bill Aronson teaching tennis in Holderness, Ashland

by Joshua Spaulding
Sports Editor - Granite State News, Carroll County Independent, Meredith News, Gilford Steamer, Winnisquam Echo, Plymouth Record-Enterprise and Baysider

Bill Aronson is running tennis clinics for Holderness Recreation this summer. Courtesy Photo. (click for larger version)
July 07, 2014
HOLDERNESS — Bill Aronson has spent time all over the country.

And every place he goes, he's brought his love of tennis and done his best to spread that love to as many people as possible.

His latest stop has him running tennis programs for the towns of Holderness and Ashland, offering up something for all levels of tennis players throughout the summer months.

"I'm trying to promote the sport to kids, youth, adults and grow the sport up here," Aronson said.

Originally from Massachusetts, Aronson's family had a home in Intervale (near Conway) when he was a kid and it was over in a summer camp in Fryeburg, Maine that his love of tennis was fostered. He later returned to the camp as the tennis director for a summer, played in high school and got involved in teaching tennis as well.

"It's kind of been my life," he said.

His family bought a home in the Plymouth area and has been spending time in the area since 1981 and he's relishing getting the chance to teach the sport that he loves to the region that he has come to call home for portions of the year.

"Tennis has been so good to me," Aronson said. "I've been around the world with it."

Aronson continues his tennis work in Florida, serving as the tennis professional for the city of Coral Gables and he also teaches sports psychology classes to students as an adjunct professor at Florida International University and St. Thomas University in Miami, Fla. In the past he's taught at the University of Miami and Barry University in Miami.

Additionally, he has more tennis responsibilities in New Hampshire during the summer. He is a pro at the Profile Club in Franconia, where he teaches and directs all tennis programs for juniors, adults, ladies and quick starters. He's also the tennis professional for the Jackson Tennis Club in Jackson.

In addition to numerous college degrees, Aronson has also been a tennis coach at the collegiate level, coaching at Springfield College and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and was a tennis instructor at Northeastern University.

He's also dealt with people from around the world, as he served as the men's and women's coach for the 1989 Australian delegation and the men's coach for the 1991 Uruguayan Tennis Delegation and has conducted tennis clinics around the world.

He also worked for the Hopman Tennis Academy in Largo, Fla. as a tennis teaching professional and coach/house parent. Hopman Tennis Academy was started by tennis Hall of Famer Harry Hopman.

The programs in Holderness and Ashland are geared toward all levels of players, including the Quick Start program, which introduces tennis using smaller courts and low-compression balls to maximize the learning experience. There are classes for adult beginners, as well as intermediate and advanced/match play. Students in grades seven through 12 can take part in the Jr/HS tennis program and there is also a ladies' clinic offered.

Additionally, Aronson offers private lessons to players seeking a more individualized approach.

The first session began in late June and will continue through the middle of July, but a second session for the different courses is offered starting in late July and running through the middle of August. Registration deadline is one week prior to the start of a class. The classes take place at the Holderness School courts and at the Ashland courts behind the Booster Club building.

Anyone interested in learning a lifelong sport or improving their game, is urged to contact the Holderness Recreation Department at 968-3700, e-mail recreation@holderness-nh.gov or e-mail Aronson directly at wraronson@earthlink.net.

"It's a lifetime sport," Aronson notes. "It builds friendships and confidence."

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 569-3126 or sportsgsn@salmonpress.com

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