From juniors to seniors there is a group, a program, or a team waiting for you. Frequent tennis socials and mixers promote interactive play among member. You will always feel welcome.
League Play includes many levels of competition throughout the year. Our Doubles Championships for adults is serious tennis and serious fun. And the Hardscrabble Junior Tournament is among the largest in Arkansas. Hardscrabble also is the proud home to several Women’s and Men’s USTA league tennis teams.
Best of all, Hardscrabble members benefit physically and socially from their favorite racquet sport all year around. Two indoor hard courts, and four clay courts, offer fun for players of all levels. Our pro shop is fully stocked with the latest offerings in fashion and equipment from the finest vendors. Naturally, we provide onsite racquet stringing and grip repair.
Bobby Banck, Director of Tennis
Tennis is flourishing in the River Valley thanks to Bobby Banck. Before joining Hardscrabble in 2005, Bobby served as coach to some of the world’s best tennis players, including Monica Seles, former number one on the WTA Tour; Jimmy Arias, former number five on the ATP Tour; and Mary Pierce, former number three in the world. Bobby coached the USA Team in the 1990 World Team Cup in Dusseldorf, Germany. As the director of the Jimmy Arias Tennis Academy, Bobby managed the junior program, daily drills, strategy sessions, fitness program, and marketing. Bobby knows tennis.
You can contact Bobby Banck at 479-782-7211 ext.213 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Braden Eads, Head Tennis Professional
Not a new name to the River Valley, Braden has been the Head Tennis Professional at
Hardscrabble since April 2020. He is a PTR certified instructor and was named Arkansas Tennis Professional of the Year in 2018. Before becoming the Head Tennis Professional, Braden was a tennis instructor at the Fort Smith Athletic Club for 5 years where he built the junior and adult
programs to offer options to all levels. Braden played college tennis at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith where he was a 3-year letterman. He later went on to become the Assistant Tennis Coach at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. He is currently the volunteer head tennis coach at Southside High School in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Here at Hardscrabble Braden works with kids as well as adults. He runs adult and junior tennis leagues in addition to various tennis clinics. He also teaches and runs numerous pickleball events. Braden is very involved with Junior Team Tennis in Fort Smith which is a great community program for the kids.
Pickleball is a fun, social and friendly sport that can be enjoyed by anyone. The rules are simple, and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. A sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. Pickleball can be played indoors/outdoors on a badminton-sized court and a slightly modified tennis net using a paddle and a plastic ball with holes. Members and their guests can play a game as either doubles or singles. There’s a reason so many players get hooked on this sport – it’s easy to start, but hard to stop. Get the basics and get started on your new obsession here at Hardscrabble Country Club! Come join our pickleball events and