Whitman to host tennis, wine camp July 21-24

The first event for adults combines a love of wine and tennis.

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WALLA WALLA - Adults with interests in tennis and fine wine are invited to the first-ever Walla Walla Tennis and Wine Camp July 21-24.

The camp, which will benefit the Whitman tennis programs, features nine hours of tennis instruction, drills and games on Whitman's eight tennis courts, along with two afternoons of chauffeured wine tastings and three exclusive winery dinner events.

Jeff Northam, coach of the men's tennis program at Whitman, calls the camp a "perfect pairing" for those who enjoy playing tennis and partaking of the many fine wines available in the Walla Walla valley.

Walla Walla has more than 120 wineries.

"Walla Walla is now one of the top vacation destinations for wine enthusiasts," Northam said. "Along with the wineries there are a plethora of great restaurants in the area."

Northam, a four-time Northwest Conference Coach of the Year, is hosting the camp along with John Hein, coach of the women's program at Whitman.

Hein was the NWC's 2010 Coach of the Year, only his second coaching season at Whitman.

Northam, who has created an NWC dynasty with the men's program (four straight conference titles), notes that Hein is an "incredible coach who brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to the courts."

Greg Patton, the men's tennis coach at Boise State University, will also help with the camp.

"We are lucky to have Greg joining us," Northam says. "He is one of the top coaches in the nation and brings unparalleled energy to the courts."

Patton is the only person named College Coach of the Year for two programs - Boise State and UC-Irvine.

He was also the U.S. Junior Davis Cup coach to Pete Sampras, Jim Courier and Michael Chang.

Only 24 campers will be accepted because of the winery events.

For more information or to register, contact Northam at 301-8508 or coach@whitman.edu)

More information is also available on the web at whitman.edu/content/tenniscamps.

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