In addition to its official name, The Gates Tennis Center can claim a few other titles: the largest tennis center in Colorado, for one. The host of the Colorado State Open. Home base to internationally renowned tennis instructors?including a former New Zealand junior champion and a coach of 25 years who has worked with players from Canada to the Caribbean.
For the past 30 years, the public tennis center has drawn on strengths like these to celebrate its signature sport through lessons and events, which include tournaments, tennis opens, and convivial socials. Students of all skill levels can attend lessons or ball-machine practices, which are far more effective than playing wallball with a mannequin.
Located within the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center, JCC Sports & Fitness welcomes people of all religions, ethnicities, genders, and walks of life. Inside, members audition new sweatbands atop Precor, Cybex, StairMaster, and other cardio machines, or head to the weight room to test their strength by arm-wrestling equipment by Cybex and FreeMotion. Between the spinning, heated yoga, and group exercise studios, instructors teach more than 100 group classes each week, but personal trainers are also available for one-on-one or small-group training.
Parents on their way to the full-size gymnasium or indoor or outdoor pools can drop their kids off at the childcare center, or suit up alongside them to wade in the kiddie pool. Steam rooms and whirlpools help men and women relax and shed stress after a long day of work, and men can also head into a traditional shvitz, or steam bath.
Tennis players of all skills and sizes blast neon orbs over the nets year-round on JCC Tennis Center’s array of eight courts, including four indoor hard courts, two lighted outdoor Classic Clay courts, and two outdoor post-tension hard courts. Adult and junior players can hone their forehands and backhands during lessons with the club’s team of tennis professionals, then show off their skills during singles and doubles leagues and tournaments. After a lengthy match or rigorous drill session, players can retire to the locker room and lounge area to reenergize by smelling freshly opened tubes of tennis balls.
As a mobile tennis teacher, Chris Greenlee travels to courts convenient for his students to teach them how to hit solid serves, volleys, and ground strokes. After playing singles and doubles tennis at the collegiate D-II level, Chris moved on to teaching the game to all levels of players and has helped students improve their skills for 8 years. This body of experience lends his instruction a confident, understanding tone, necessary when explaining to six-year-olds and grown adults that the point of tennis goes beyond sniffing the ball tube.