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Resident works to bring new sport to Mint Hill


Mark Guion is bringing a new sport to Mint Hill: paddle tennis.

Paddle tennis is a variation of its classic namesake, played with wooden paddles, a deadened ball, a smaller court, and a shorter net.

Guion, a resident of Mint Hill, discovered the game while on vacation in Venice Beach, California, started playing, and “absolutely loved it.”

Upon returning to Mint Hill, Guion couldn’t find any courts in the area, but started to play at the Park on Wilgrove, marking off

the smaller courts from the regular tennis courts.

Today, Guion is working to replace the old, unused basketball court at the park with two paddle tennis courts, circulating a petition, which has more than 300 signatures.

The goals were removed from the court years ago, the asphalt is weathered and cracked, and the dimensions are ideal for two paddle tennis courts.

Guion has been in contact with town commissioners and lions club and will be presenting the proposal to the parks and recreation committee at its November 13 meeting.

According to Guion, there are no paddle tennis courts in the area, and the United States Paddle Tennis Association has shown interest in coming to the Charlotte area to host clinics and promote the game.

“I’d love for Mint Hill to be the place where people would have to come to play,” Guion said. “If anybody knows of or wants to try it out, they would have to come here, because there is nowhere else available.”

Guion is optimistic about the success of the proposal, based on the interest and feedback from the community.

“The amount of people I’ve talked to, the number of signatures I’m getting, the level of interest from those folks, I think there’s a pretty good shot,” Guion said.

Guion hosted a demonstration of the sport at the park on Wilgrove Sunday, October 14, explaining the game and showing attendees how to play.

Tom Campbell, a resident of Matthews, attended the demonstration, and while he has never played paddle tennis before Sunday, he supports replacing the basketball court with paddle tennis courts.


By |October 19th, 2012|Around Town|1 Comment

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