Summer Strokes: Kandy Chain’s summer tennis camps are in full swing

Park High tennis coach Kandy Chain demonstrates a forehand lesson to Daniel Karon, 7, during a 2017 Summer Tennis Clinic on Friday at Sacajawea Park. Enterprise photo by Jordan P. Ingram.
Jordan P. Ingram
Enterprise Staff Writer

Before the hot July sun takes its toll on Park County residents, there are a few active youngsters taking advantage of the cooler morning weather at a Summer Tennis Clinic for Kids and Adults sponsored by the Park County Tennis Association. 

Since 2002, Park High tennis coach and U.S. Professional Tennis Association instructor Kandy Chain, along with her husband Lloyd and several student assistants, has taught summer group lessons for kids, teens and adults at Sacajawea Park tennis courts in Livingston. 

Kids begin the week-long camp on June 3 and arrive every morning at 8 a.m. to practice their forehands, backhands and serves under the careful guidance of Chain, who just wrapped up her fifth year as head coach for the Rangers tennis team. 

This is the second camp since June and Chain said they will have one more series of five-day clinic open beginning on July 17. Immediately following the kids’ group lessons, high school students show up to keep their chops up with their coach.

“With the high school group, I work with them whenever I can,” Chain said. “For example, Danner (Purkett) came for three days and now he’s going floating, so you just pick up where you can.”

Every Thursday evening at 6 p.m. through August 10, Chain also teaches Adult Tennis Workouts at $10 per session. Chain said people have come from all over to participate in the weekly drop-in training.

“We had people from Paradise Valley, Big Timber and near the Crazy Mountains show up last week. Typically, I give a lesson on a particular theme and then we play doubles.” 

Chain also teaches private lessons available to the public. 

For more information about the 2017 Summer Tennis Clinics or individual lessons, please contact Kandy Chain at (310) 622-3410 or email at