Yampa Valley Medical Center Foundation Donor Appreciation Day

Learning Pickleball on a beautiful fall day with Coach Sean Pummill made for a unique and fun event for the YVMCF Donor Appreciation Day at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs on Saturday, September 30.

Youth Adaptive Tennis Program

Basic strokes and strategy will be introduced for beginner to intermediate players with special needs, ages 8-18.  The group meets Friday from 4pm to 5pm October 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, and November 3rd.  It is FREE thanks to the support from the Steamboat Tennis Association (STA) and the Yampa Valley Autism Program (YVAP).  The instructors for the program are volunteers from the STA  and YVAP oversight by Loretta Conway, USPTA Certified Professional.  Racquets and balls are provided, just bring your smile and enthusiasm to learn and play!

For more information and to register for Youth Adaptive Tennis Lessons call 970-879-8400.

University of Wyoming Club Tennis Trains at the Tennis Center

Twelve of the University of Wyoming’s Club Tennis Team trained with Bill and Loretta Conway on September 23. We wish them the best in their season and hope they return soon!

See below from a team member who wrote a Trip Advisor Review:

 by TonyLew64
The UW club tennis team took 12 players and spent two hours with Bill and Loretta Conway. In such a short period, we received dozens of excellent critiques and tips. Our players saw immediate improvement. With a wide range of 3.0 to 4.5 players, the Pros understood limitations and provided great feedback for all levels. I highly recommend this Tennis Center and it’s coaches, and will be returning there again soon.



The STA and the Tennis Center at Steamboat hosted a fun Play and Potluck for the Paulus Family on Sunday, September 17 from 4-6 pm. Local legend, Todd Musselman, entertained everyone while they played tennis and pickleball.
Former STA Board Member, Sharon Paulus, has been fighting a tough battle with brain cancer for many months. Ethan Paulus is playing for the Steamboat High School Boys’ Tennis Team. The Paulus Family needs our help. All donations collected went directly to the family.

Play Days for Juniors

Saturday, October 7th – $15!
Singles and doubles round robin for red, orange, green and yellow ball levels.  Play day lets the juniors put what they learn in ROGY to use in a fun way.  Red ball starts at 1:00 and goes to 2:30pm.  Orange, green, and yellow ball starts at 2:30 and goes until 4:00pm.  Registration ends Thursday, October 5th.  Sign up at the front desk and reserve a spot today!

SAVE THE DATES FOR FUTURE PLAY DAYS: Oct. 7, Feb. 10, April 14, May 19, Sept. 8 and Nov 18


Saturdays 11 AM – 12:30 PM starting September 9 – November 4

$120 per participant – register by calling 970-879-8400 or come by the Tennis Center.

The eight-week youth pickleball program is open to athletes from 8 to 14 years old. Incorporating drills, practice games and competitive play the program provides a comprehensive introduction to the sport. In addition to learning the value of teamwork and good sportsmanship, athletes will engage in speed and agility training and basic conditioning.


The 2nd Annual Rare Air Tennis Training camp was held July 17-20 with the STA Tournament July 21-23!  Players received six hours per day of fun and challenging instruction. We can already see a new confidence and skill set with the participants! We thank Coach Phil Girardi for his time and interest in our players. Participants came from Hawaii, Virginia, Florida, St. Louis, and the Denver area.


Coach Phil Girardi

Coach Phil Girardi

Coach Phil Girardi, head coach of the St. Petersburg College Titans Tennis will be joining the 2017 Rare Air Coaching Staff!

Coach Phil Girardi is in his tenth year as the head coach of the St. Petersburg College Titans Tennis. In their first nine years, The Lady Titans have been a perennially top ten nationally ranked team with their highest ranking being #2. The Titans have also produced six All-American players during this time. Coach Girardi was the ITA Regional Coach of the Year in 2010.

Coach Girardi is a Certified Pro with the Professional Tennis Registry. He has been actively engaged with the USTA and is on the Board of Directors for the Florida Section USTA. He currently serves on the Board of Directors and has served in many positions including District Director and star clinician.

Coach Girardi has spent the last 22 years teaching tennis. He is in his 20th year as Head Professional and Director of Tennis at Treasure Bay Golf and Tennis in Treasure Island. In 2006, his team of 18-and-under juniors won the National United States Tennis Association (USTA) Jr. Team Tennis Championships in Tucson, Ariz. His junior teams have won numerous Sectional Titles in his time at Treasure Bay.

Simona Bruetting, Tennis Professional at Colorado Athletic Club Inverness and Team Colorado Coach, will return to coach in Rare Air for summer 2017!

Simona Bruetting

Simona Bruetting

#1 Junior growing up in Slovakia, winning the National 14s, 16s and 18s in both singles and doubles

* Currently ranked number 1 in the nation in Women 40s singles and doubles

* Played college tennis at Southeastern Louisiana University from 1991-1995 and was ranked as high as 14th in the NCAA rankings

* Represented USA in W35s in 2014 in Boca Raton, FL and in W40s in 2015 in Turkey in the World Tennis Team Competition

* Won a gold medal in W35s doubles tournament in the World Championship in 2014 in West Palm Beach

* Won a bronze medal in the World Team Competition in 2015 in Turkey

Represented USA in 2016 in W40s World Team Competition in Croatia, team finished 6th out of 16 teams *

* Won 10 gold balls in National Senior Tournaments in W 35s and W40 in both singles and doubles

* Won the Colorado State Open doubles in 2015 with Rhona Kaczmarczyk and won Mother Daughter doubles

* Won both singles and doubles in National Indoor Hard court Championship in W40s at Meadow Creek in 2015

* Won both singles and doubles in National Clay court Championship in W40s at Ballen Isle in Florida in 2015