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Moussa Drame Tennis Camp We’re three quarters of the way through February and that means one thing to adolescents trapped in the framework of school – only four months left. Most students have already passed the 100-day mark, but if you haven’t yet, I totally feel your pain. But think of it this way, the winter solstice is way behind us which means that every day graces us with more and more sunlight, meaning summer is right around the corner. I know, I know the smell of pine needles is still in the air and every once in a while you catch a subtle whiff of burning timber coming from a crosstown chimney, but seriously, even though Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, I swear, spring is right around the corner. And with spring come blue skies, fresh flowers and green grass. And with green grass comes one thing on Shelter Island – no, not golf, rather the return of the Moussa Drames’ Tennis Club. Drame, an African tennis champion from the country of Mali in West Africa, has been playing tennis his entire life. Growing up in a family of champions, including his grandfather, uncle and brother, Drame took to the court at an early age, learning the basics from family members. Drame has been involved in tennis for so long he can’t even remember a time when he didn’t have a racquet in his hand. His fondest memories of his childhood were always on the court, serving against his siblings and dropping volleys on his cousins. Because of his deep-seated affection for the game, it should come as no surprise that Drame’s greatest joy comes from teaching the game, especially to kids. When it comes to kids, Drame takes special interest.

He understands how important sports are to youths and wants them to excel in athletics as much as in the classroom. Drame provides effective, clinical instruction for adolescents, helping them take their game to the next level. He believes being a scholar-athlete is very important and takes pride in making sure his students make their respective teams, whether it is the varsity high school team or a scholarship position at an elite college. While Drame takes tennis very seriously, he definitely isn’t afraid of having fun. After all, isn’t that what it’s all about? In the off-season, Drame spends most of his time teaching private lessons to children and adults in Manhattan and on Long Island. However, once Memorial Day rolls around, you can find him at the beach. Shelter Island is not only home for Drame in the summertime, but his place of business. He conducts clinics and instructional training for kids and adults at the Moussa Drame Tennis Club at the Pridwin Hotel, as well as the Dering Harbor Inn. Not only does Drame give lessons at his Club and at the Dering Harbor Inn, but he is also available for house calls, sort of like a doctor used to be, only this doctor will strengthen your backhand and make sure that you dish up the most diabolical, unworldly serve this side of Roger Federer. And its not just Drame who

ventures out on house calls but his staff of professional tennis instructors do as well. This ensures that if Drame is busy with your kids at camp, you can still benefit from his instruction by hiring one of his many professional staffers to help Steffi Graff-ify your game. After a few instructional lessons from Drame you might feel as if you’re ready for Wimbledon, but you shouldn’t be too brash, after all, Pete Sampras’s trophy cabinet wasn’t built in a day, and neither was Drame’s. While Drame’s tennis school is bound to help you improve your game, especially the fundamentals, his instruction can also help heal prior injuries. For those suffering from the painfully annoying tennis elbow, Drame can help you correct your stroke so that your elbow isn’t tender, but strong and ready to take on fierce competition. A staple on Shelter Island for the past six years, Drame enjoys teaching children how to play tennis, while also teaching them about life in the process – tennis is a civil game after all, no matter how many classic John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors highjinks suggest otherwise. – Michael P. McGregor For more information on the Moussa Drame Tennis Camp, call (917) 209-6615.





Dan;s Papers Feb. 22, 2008  

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Dan;s Papers Feb. 22, 2008  

Dan's Papers, the 51-year-old bible of the Hamptons, is owned by Manhattan Media, a multi-media publishing company based in New York City,...