TIFTON — After many years of teaching tennis to young folks, what keeps Mike Brumby going?

“I really like it,” he said. “I’m a teacher at heart.”

Monday begins a new summer of Brumby Tennis, which he and wife, Moppy, host at their home at 3602 Fulwood Rd.

Classes run from Monday through Thursday mornings each week for beginners, advanced beginners and intermediate level players. He has evening sessions for those with experience on school teams. There is competition for intermediate and advanced players every Friday at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

“Everything,” Brumby said of what he offers.

He even has a “Mommy and Me” class during the summer for 5- and 6-year-olds, who are accompanied by parent or someone serving in that role.

Classes are $40 per week. First-time players and beginners play from 8-9 a.m., others from 9-10 a.m. The first week is Monday (June 3) and the last week of Brumby Tennis is set to start July 8. Make-ups will be held in the event of rain.

Youth classes continue to feature the “ROGY” tennis ball development system. Players start with the larger red ball and progress through orange and green balls, which are differently-sized as well. Finally, the youth work up the standard yellow tennis ball to play.

Brumby has been using this development tool for the past few years. He said he wished it had been around many more.

Friday’s ABAC competition for advanced players has two sessions: Group A plays from 8-9:45 a.m. and Group B goes from 9:45 a.m. until noon. These dates are June 7, June 14, June 21 and June 28. In addition, Brumby Tennis celebrates Independence Day on July 5 with family fun and watermelon.

Each ABAC session has a $10 fee, which covers use of the court, instruction, tennis balls, prizes and trophies.

Competitors will be entered on the famous Brumby Tennis ladder, which is updated each week. The rankings will be used for the singles and doubles tournaments. Singles takes place July 12, doubles on July 19. Trophies will be awarded to the two winners.

To reserve a place in a class or to sign up for Friday competitions, call Brumby at (229) 382-7515 or email mbrumby@friendlycity.net. Brumby Tennis also has its own Facebook page, which has news and rankings updates.

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