Renowned Tennis Coach Kurt Collis' Pickleball Story

Over the summer the City of DeLand had the two north tennis courts of the David E Disney Tennis Center resurfaced and built six permanent, designated Pickleball courts there instead. In celebration of these new, wonderful courts the Kurt Collis Tennis Academy hosted a Doubles Pickleball Shootout, an unsanctioned tournament, where Advanced and Intermediate players battled it out for trophies and gift card prizes. Several teams had never played in a tournament before and were very pleased with the amount of matches (3 in a two hour span) format, snacks available for everyone, the organization and the beautiful new courts. We had four teams in the Advanced division who had a hard fight for first place with the top teams match going well into three sets with Mark Johnston and Keith Kelly the champions against Justin and Stephen Seitz taking home the gold trophy and $30 in gift cards each champion. Tim and Jeanette Malone have been playing for a long time but this was her first time playing in a tournament. They won the Intermediate Division taking home the trophy and $20 in gift cards each. Her husband, Tim, was very proud of their achievement but not surprised by Jeanette’s skills. A 13 year old son, Evan and his father, Eric Enrique also played their first tournament and won First Place in the Consolation draw. While we had opened it up to beginner players no one registered; however we had at least eight people arrive during the tournament and mention that they would have liked to join but felt that as a beginner they wanted to see what a tournament looked like first. All of them agreed to come back for the next tournament and play! It can be intimidating to try something new and then jump into your first tournament. Which is why we divide up players along skill levels. Everyone gets a chance to play at their level and enjoy the competition of same level competitors. The next event will include mens’s doubles, women’s doubles, mixed doubles and a round robin for kids and beginners to introduce them to the sport and get them started and playing this great sport. THE NEXT EVENT WILL BE HELD ON – October 21-22 FIND YOUR PARTNER, AND GET SIGNED UP TODAY…THEN spread the word and tell your friends to come and join us for the fun time on the Pickleball courts. We are starting up fun adult and junior Pickleball clinics to help everyone become more comfortable with their game and teach them how to overcome their fears. They said they would participate in our next event. Please go to to let us know what you would like to learn and what type of clinic you would like to participate in. This is a great sport for all ages. This summer during the fun Kurt Collis Tennis Academy Tennis Camps, I introduced Pickleball to the campers. We had kids as young as 4 years old playing this fun great sport in a clinic. This is the fastest growing sport in the country. Visit us to see photos of the event, for info on the next event, and to let us know what you would interested in participating whether it be Pickleball lessons, clinics, or specific types of events. Also, you can call us at 386-801- 7725 to sign up for private tennis or Pickleball lessons and join our fun tennis classes and events visit us at The next fun Tennis event (Doubles Round Robin) will be held on August 26th 7-9pm in Victoria Park