Book Open Courts by the hour
If you’d just like to play tennis, and don’t need any help or instruction, please feel free to call us to book a court. We have eliminated all tennis membership fees and requirements, to make this relatively-safe sport more accessible to everyone during this pandemic. Hourly rates vary by time of day. Just call us to book – you don’t need to be a member.
Book a Season Court
Secure a tennis court for the entire season and play singles or doubles with friends in one of our six large championship courts, no glare lighting, climate-controlled for all seasons. You’ll have the court guaranteed all season at the same time slot, and you save money relative to the hourly a la carte rate. Enjoy our relaxing viewing lounge with a bar, locker rooms and showers (subject to services being available during the COVID-19 phased re-opening. Season court members may hire our professional staff to teach on their court at any time for a small additional fee. Booking a once-a-week season court involves a commitment of 37 sessions (or 34 sessions during certain days of the week that intersects with Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday schedules).
If you call us after the season starts and there is no longer 37 weeks remaining in the tennis season, no problem! We offer the flexibility so that you can use any unused extra sessions during time slots other than your regularly-scheduled weekly sessions. You can even use those unused sessions off-season, on rainy days in the summer! Our facility is climate controlled for all seasons.
Group Social Tennis
On Sunday afternoons, and on weekday late evenings, we organize ‘social’ tennis where you play either 2 sets or 3 sets against 2 (or 3) players who are at a similar tennis ability level. Please call us and tell us your ability level (or USTA rating), and we will match you to other comparable players. We offer a mix of singles or doubles matches in the different days of the week. On Friday evenings, we offer refreshments and conduct an extended tennis-social to build community, so that you can get to know your neighbors.
Elevate your game by taking private lessons with a pro from our team of seasoned, qualified tennis instructors. Private lessons are tailored for your learning style and pace, for you to learn fundamentals or to improve your game. Our coaching staff is very proud of the many young players they have nurtured and developed, from an early age all the way to college scholarships and to professional ranks. Many alums have gone on to play at universities with tennis scholarships, including Brown University, Northwestern, Emory, Baylor, University of Edinburgh, and more locally, Quinnipiac and Fairfield University. Some players have been ranked amongst the top 300 or 500 players in the world. Many youngsters have been highly-ranked within their age groups in Connecticut or in New England.
Personalized training designed to develop strong singles players. The clinic consists of two parts:
- Feed drills to develop consistency and enhance stroke fundamentals.
- Live ball drills to fine-tune shot selection, winning patterns of play, and developing a game style.
1-on-1 Hitting Session With a Pro
Hitting sessions with a pro are designed for tennis players who are looking to:
- Improve their game by repeating the same strokes over and over again. The tennis pro will provide that level of consistency.
- Enhance their game without the constraint of instruction. The pro will assure to hit at the appropriate challenging pace.
- Engage in a challenging, fun workout. You can set the pace, and the pro will give you a proper, fun cardio workout.
Semi-Private Lessons (2 people)
Semi-private tennis lessons designed for two players at similar skill levels to receive personalized instruction together. It is a great fit for players who prefer more intimate hands-on instruction, rather than learning in a group setting. Many of our semi-private clients pair up with a friend or family member, so that both people learn more quickly together while enjoying each other’s company. We can also try to pair you up with another person at a similar ability level so that you can receive personalized instruction in a more cost-effective way.
3-person clinic (Play Doubles with a Pro)
Designed for doubles players to learn many tricks of the trade by directly interacting with and partnering with a pro on the court. Having a pro on the court with 3 players elevates the level, and makes it more enjoyable. The pro also creates specific playing situations for the students to practice strategies. These drills aid skill development. The pro presence makes for a more consistent rally, giving players a great workout.
4-person “Point Play” clinic (guided by pro)
The pro tailors the instruction to the needs of the group. Groups often work on:
- Stroke fundamentals
- Double fundamentals, learning doubles positioning and movement as a team.
- Double strategies and communication
- Learning implementation of point patterns.
- Improved shot selection
- Identifying weaknesses of opponents and devising winning strategies.
In 3 and 4 person clinics, we match players who play at comparable USTA levels. Let us know your level when booking:
You have limited experience and are working primarily on getting the ball in play.
You lack court experience and your strokes need developing. You are familiar with the basic positions for singles and doubles play.
You are learning to judge where the ball is going, although your court coverage is limited. You can sustain a short rally of slow pace with other players of the same ability.
You are fairly consistent when hitting medium-paced shots, but are not comfortable with all strokes and lack execution when trying for directional control, depth, or power. Your most common doubles formation is one-up, one-back.
You have achieved improved stroke dependability with directional control on moderate shots, but need to develop depth and variety. You exhibit more aggressive net play, have improved court coverage and are developing teamwork in doubles.
You have dependable strokes, including directional control and depth on both forehand and backhand sides on moderate-paced shots. You can use lobs, overheads, approach shots and volleys with some success and occasionally force errors when serving. Rallies may be lost due to impatience. Teamwork in doubles is evident.
You have developed your use of power and spin and can handle pace. You have sound footwork, can control depth of shots, and attempt to vary game plan according to your opponents. You can hit first serves with power and accuracy and place the second serve. You tend to over hit on difficult shots. Aggressive net play is common in doubles.
USTA Team Practice
Groups of players form teams according to their ability level, and use our facility as their “home court” to compete in USTA leagues against teams from other clubs at that same ability level. Participating in our clinics, or group social tennis are great ways to meet others and form USTA teams together. All season, we provide the space for teams to practice, and to play their ‘home games’. Our tennis pros are available to coach the team, if desired.
Our coaching staff designs the practices with an eye towards team competition. We work with doubles teams to identify their strengths and how to capitalize on them. Pros organize fast-paced drilling sessions for both singles and doubles players. Teams receive tips and training to succeed in competitive match play.
Programs for Juniors (Youth and Children)
Red Ball (beginners) [8 and under]
For players 8 and under who are new to tennis. Red ball tennis is named after the red foam or felt balls we use for beginners, to enable more fun and effective learning. Red tennis balls bounce lower and move more slowly through the air, giving beginners a chance to set up and take a good swing at the ball. Courts at this level are 36′ x 18′, with a net that is 2’9″ high. We’ll focus on developing the ABC’s of tennis (agility, balance and coordination) while introducing proper technique that will enable these young players to rally and have fun. We focus on making the activity fun so that pupils remain interested and engaged. These sessions are only 1 hour in length so that younger children can maintain focus.
Orange Ball – Level 2
For players ages 7-10 with little or no experience. Once comfortable at the Red level, players graduate to playing at the Orange level. Orange felt balls bounce higher and move faster than the Red felt or foam balls but lower and slower than the Green ball. They are a step toward the traditional yellow tennis ball while still remaining fun and manageable for players who are still learning the game. Players will continue to work on tennis fundamentals in addition to learning to hit with direction, height, and depth on a smaller court. We’ll focus on the fundamentals necessary to serve and rally using a game-based curriculum and continue to develop the athletic skills essential to the sport. Each session is typically 1.5 hours.
Green Ball – Level 3
A progression from Orange Ball and an introductory program for players ages 10-13. Players will build athletic fundamentals by learning proper footwork and racquet mechanics. At this level, players will be able to use a full-sized court and a net that’s only slightly lower. We’ll focus on teaching the basics of rallying, serving, and keeping score.
Yellow Ball – Level 4
For players aged 8-13. The goal of this program is to help young players develop both athletic and tennis skills. We focus on rallying skills, and learning all strokes, leading to a complete all-court game. Players also receive training on general athletic skills that are useful for tennis, but also transferable to other sports. Once players are comfortable rallying, they progress to hitting forehands, backhands, serves and volleys with direction, depth, height, spin and speed using age, size and skill-appropriate racquets, balls and courts. Players will learn court positioning and simple tactics through play opportunities and games provided in this fun, encouraging and active lesson program.
High Performance* – Level 5 – (2.5 hrs per class)
For advanced level juniors who are pursuing tennis scholarships for college, or a ranking, and want to reach the highest level of play possible. Players should possess the desire and commitment to undergo the rigors of a player development program. Players at this level are expected to play two junior tournaments a month. Entry into the high performance program is only at the invitation of our tennis pros, who will consult with players and their parents about the commitment required. We expect players in the high performance program to participate in 2 or more classes per week.