Palm Coast - Two new instructors are joining the team at the Palm Coast Tennis Center, the City of Palm Coast's municipal tennis center: Jim Smiechewicz and Dennis De Rome. These new tennis instructors will teach lessons and clinics for both youth and adults. Plans are already underway for new clinics.

Jim Smiechewicz comes with more than 30 years of experience as both a player and an instructor. Most recently, Smiechewicz worked at the Florida Tennis Center where he primarily focused on youth lessons. He will be representing Flagler County and the state of Florida in the upcoming 2019 National Senior Games taking place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, this summer.

Dennis De Rome, who is originally from Australia, has 30 years of experience as a pro. De Rome joins the Palm Coast Tennis Center staff after being a tennis pro in Ormond Beach. He brings 14 years of experience as the director of tennis at various clubs throughout the state of Florida. De Rome will have a huge impact on both youth and adult programs at the Palm Coast Tennis Center.  

"We are very excited to welcome aboard these two highly skilled tennis pros and look forward to the new energy they will bring to the Palm Coast Tennis Center," said Palm Coast Parks & Recreation Director Alex Boyer.

In other news, some highly anticipated improvements are being made at the Palm Coast Tennis Center. A fence repair and maintenance project is currently underway and the next big improvement is court resurfacing. The resurfacing project will start on Monday, June 3 and could take up to three weeks to complete. Fortunately, the courts will only have be shut down the weekend of June 7-9. The facility will remain open through the rest of the renovation with limited courts available for play. The court resurfacing is part of regular maintenance and will bring in all new clay material. The courts will be regraded and players should feel an improvement in playability. Not only is this renovation a huge benefit to pass holders, clinics, and league play, but it is also an important service to international tournaments held at the facility, such as the Palm Coast Men's 25K: A USTA M25 Event.

Please pardon the dust at the Palm Coast Tennis Center while these improvements are being made and come meet the new instructors once it is completed. Regular updates will be posted at www.palmcoasttenniscenter.com and www.facebook.com/palmcoasttenniscenter. For a list of clinics and other tennis activities offered by the Palm Coast Tennis Center, please visit www.parksandrec.fun/tennis.

For more information, call Brittany McDermott, Recreation Supervisor-Marketing, at 386-986-2321 or bmcdermott@palmcoastgov.com. To reach the Palm Coast Tennis Center, call 386-986-2550 or visit the complex at 1290 Belle Terre Pkwy.