There's seldom a silent moment at Dayton Center Courts and Tennis Academy. Ten indoor courts and four outdoor clay courts reverberate with the metronomic sound of baseline rallies and shuffling feet. On these courts, players of all abilities?ranging from "casual" to "serious" to "advanced"?take advantage of instructional clinics and lessons or they can join a league to get more match play. Kids as young as 4 begin their path to aces and winners in the junior program, which uses modern training techniques such as custom balls that make it easier for youngsters to learn proper mechanics. Ball machines facilitate independent practice sessions, and a pro shop equips players with new rackets, shoes, and strings, which make air-guitar sessions look more realistic.
The diverse and multitalented staff of tennis professionals at KTC Quail Tennis Club helps players hone their swings and serves. Players lob shots on eight indoor, air-conditioned courts before retiring to the saunas to decompress. The club's other onsite amenities include tennis-specific fitness training and racquet stringing and sales.
Racket-wielding instructors at Schroeder Tennis Center help elevate players' tennis acumen with clinics and leagues for athletes of all ages and experience levels. Children's classes acclimate younger players to the game with smaller-sized racquets and courts, and this helps develop basic, size-appropriate skills at an earlier age. Adult classes range from beginner basic courses to high-level clinics, which teach players to smash tennis balls and small planets into orbit. The facilities include climate-controlled indoor courts—five in the summer and seven in the winter—as well as six outdoor courts.
The year-round Five Seasons Family Sports Club welcomes families for some athletically minded fun. Indoor and outdoor swimming pools and tennis courts are the stomping grounds for lessons, matches, and free play. Multiple classes are available for all ages, including ballet for kids, strength training for teens, and yoga and kickboxing for adults. Members also can relax during a massage or shadow-puppet show, or refuel at the deli and smoothie bar.
Though it's been around since 1999, South Regency Tennis and Fitness underwent a huge renovation in 2008, making the facility more accommodating to racket-swinging members than ever. Inside, visitors will find eight newly resurfaced courts, while outside, six outdoor hard courts keep players swinging their rackets year-round. But playing isn't everything, so the 2,800-square-foot fitness facility offers visitors the chance to tone and strengthen on days they're not swinging rackets and hammering volleys in the spirit of John "Thor" McEnroe.
For the first time ever, the Western & Southern Open—one of the nation's oldest professional tennis tournaments still played in its city of origin—will host top-tier men's and women's matches during the week of August 13–21. Two single session tickets offer up 300-level seating to the first rounds of session 5 held at the Lindner Family Tennis Center, a venue stocked with three televised match courts and nets containing snap-happy lobsters. Live music, food vendors, and racket-slamming action captivate the crowd before announcers crown male and female winners. Past victors of the Western & Southern Open include John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, and an out-of-control tennis ball-launching machine.