Hello all, I’ve recently caught the tennis bug and want to get out there and play. I used to hit balls with my dad when I was 8-13, but that was about 20 years ago. I’m now in my early 30’s and haven’t been on a court since the Clinton Administration. My excitement to play seems to be running into a few barriers, though. Do you guys have any advice to help me get into the swing of things? I just went out and bought a fancy new racquet. The salesperson who helped me pick it out was incredibly helpful and set me up with a nice beginner/intermediate racquet. So that is checked off the list, but I think I’ll need help with just about everything else. I want to meet new people and to have fun. I’d also like to get myself back in shape. I’m a little bit concerned about finding people to play with, because I don’t know any tennis players in the area. I’m sure I will be terrible the first few times out there, and I don’t want to waste someone else’s time as I slap 80% of my shots into the net. How should I go about finding partners who are also new to the game? Finally, do any of you have quick tips that you think beginners should know for their first few times on the court? PS: Bonus points for anyone in the Sarasota/Bradenton area with local suggestions.