Oak Brook tennis pro earns registry certification

Erin Henrickson, yennis professional at Oak Brook Park District, was recently named a certified 10 and under tennis instructor by the Professional Tennis Registry. | Provided
Erin Henrickson, yennis professional at Oak Brook Park District, was recently named a certified 10 and under tennis instructor by the Professional Tennis Registry. | Provided

Erin Henrickson, a tennis professional at the Oak Brook Park District, has been certified in the 10 and under category with an instructor rating by the Professional Tennis Registry, the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals.

The 10 and under tennis instruction philosophy was developed by the U.S. Tennis Association and follows the same logic as other youth sports such as baseball or soccer: kid-sized courts and kid-sized equipment so that children are playing real tennis and having real fun. The benefits are immediate and help make the benefits of tennis more accessible to families and children.

The certification focuses on creating a positive coaching environment that meets the needs of young children and teaches the importance of lesson structures, the development of appropriate competition, and how to work positively with parents. Henrickson has achieved the instructor rating due to her high grades in the coursework, along with accomplishing one year of full-time teaching experience.

Henrickson has been with Oak Brook Park District since 2013. She teaches in the Junior Development Pathway, the High Performance Academy, as well as provides instruction for adult classes.

Since Henrickson was 5, she has had a love of tennis. Henrickson played tennis in both high school and college and is passionate about taking part in the growth of the popularity of the sport.

“Tennis offers so many fantastic health benefits and it is truly a game that can be enjoyed for a lifetime,” Henrickson says.

The Oak Brook Tennis Center, 1300 Forest Gate Road, is an indoor and outdoor tennis facility that offers competitive, developmental and recreational tennis opportunities for players of all ages and abilities. Call 630-990-4660 or visit www.obparks.org/tennis.

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