Founded in 1995 with one location at Chattahoochee Plantation, Universal Tennis Academy has since grown to include seven other locations located throughout the Atlanta area. At the Joseph D. McGhee Tennis Center and Washington Park Tennis Center, tennis pros help developing players hone their skills with focused drills, match play, and challenge ladders, focusing on attitude and work ethic as well as technique. Eight of McGhee's nine hard courts and all eight of Washington Park's courts stay lit in the evening, allowing competitors to play their unresolved matches in the dark without lighting the ball on fire.
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Brands Used: Wilson
Pro Tip: We have one of the largest instructional programs in the country
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: 20 lighted hard courts, [we're] building 2 clay
Recommended Age Group: All ages
Open throughout the year, Beat Time Sports Center encourages both kids and their parents to stay active and teaches healthy habits and life skills. During lessons and casual practices, pint-size feet scurry on the facility's kid-size indoor tennis courts and soccer fields, helping young athletes develop confidence, coordination, and cooperation. As children occupy themselves with sports, parents can take advantage of their newfound freedom by sipping coffee in the caf? or sneaking home to jump on the bed and eat dirt in peace.
Yang's Table Tennis Club aims to give players of all skill levels a place to improve their game, whether they are looking to get a fun workout or pursue a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team. To that end, they offer private and group lessons as well as memberships, which get players access to open play six days a week, tips from a professional coach, free league play, and discounts on lessons. The space offers 17 professional tables as well as a 2008 Bejing Olympic rubber floor mat.
The sound of volleying balls and shuffling feet fill Silvia Tennis Academy's courts as beginning and experienced players alike hone their skills through clinics, leagues, lessons, and classes targeted to tutor any age. The crew of background-checked trainers and staff members attend at least three continuing-education events each year to sharpen racquet skills and hone teaching techniques. Cardio Tennis classes—which director Viola Madej promotes through seminars and training—get kids moving to improve athletic performance and inspire active lives, and adults sweat to similar high-energy workouts that fuse fun with aerobic training. Players who want extra practice or to play matches on their own time can use the academy's online court-reservation service, which books court time without requiring an old-fashioned phone call or singing telegram.
In Tennis founder Chris Peck conducts private, group, and team coaching geared toward the sport he played for four years during college at his four-court facility. Peck's credentials include USPTA certification as a tennis professional and the position of tennis director for the city of Smyrna. He initiates young people into the world of racquet sports by helming afterschool programs for children as young as 4. Once they have mastered backhands, forehands, and strategy through years of practice, high-school and college competitors can sign up for the In Tennis tournament academy, where students compete to earn state, regional, and national rankings.