Aug. 2, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE --- University of New Mexico former men's tennis players Derek Lynch and Johnny Parkes are giving back to the Albuquerque community with the Lynch-Parkes Tennis Academy. To most the idea of starting a new program would be overwhelming but these Lobos are ready to help New Mexican tennis players take it to the next level.
Parkes and Lynch would probably not have met without becoming teammates at UNM. Parkes, who played for UNM in 2005-2009, originally comes from Southport, Merseyside in England. Which happens to be quite a distance from Belen, New Mexico the hometown of Derek Lynch, a player between 2004-2006. Despite the different paths that lead them to Albuquerque, local talent is fortunate to have them staying and sharing the knowledge they have gained throughout their careers.
When asked about the new venture, it was easy to see the excitement in both of their faces. "I feel like we are offering great practice and play that is unlike what these players have had available before," Parkes stated. Lynch enjoys the fact that with this program he will be able to see the players progress as players and people. Parkes and Lynch have designed this program as a structured playing environment enabling young players to reach their goals while having fun.
The two have stayed in New Mexico due to the friendships and relationships with coaches and other teammates that they developed during their time at UNM. Both have also made great coaching connections that will help them with the bright future of the Lynch-Parkes Tennis Academy. For More Information call the Lobo Tennis Club at 505-925-5991.