Jorge Delgado teaches tennis to students of all ages at the three lighted courts in Mission.
Birdwell Memorial Park, located between Stewart Road & E. 24th Street offers lots of different activities, with a playground, a non-lighted baseball field and an open play area to enjoy the outdoors. Chances are, if you have visited this facility, you’ve seen local tennis coach Jorge Delgado practice there.
He gives lessons throughout the week to more than 50 students of different ages and skill levels. His son Joaquin, who ranked second place at this year’s state championship in his age division, admires his dad’s hard work. “My dad was a soccer coach when I was a kid, so I played soccer since age 3,” said Joaquin. “But then he switched to become a tennis coach, because he always loved playing and talking about the sport, I switched as well. When I was around 7, seeing him play made me fall in love with the sport, too. He always watched his dad give lessons when he was a kid, so he had knowledge of how to do his job.”
Delgado’s reputation as a coach has brought him a steady stream of students. He gives lessons Monday through Saturday and one morning lesson on Sundays by request. “His youngest student is 4 years old and his oldest is about 55,” says Joaquin. “He trains all levels, from first time holding a tennis racquet to state-ranked tennis players.”
Jorge, who started playing tennis when he was a child, remembers having a strong serve and admiring his father and Czech tennis legend Ivan Lendl as idols.
“Tennis is a fascinating sport and Jorge will teach you master it,” his son says. “If you are interested in receiving tennis lessons from a professional at affordable prizes, he’s always at the Birdwell Memorial Park giving lessons.”
By Rolf Otto Niederstrasser