The 12 full-size and three mini courts at Huber Tennis Ranch provide an immersive environment in which tennis players can practice strokes, perfect footwork, and improve fitness through classes and open-play times. Head instructor Tony Huber leads a teaching staff certified by the Professional Tennis Registry who instruct both adults and juniors on all aspects of the game, from serves and volleys to congratulating a vanquished ball machine on a valiant effort.
Adults participate in several class styles including programs for beginners or cardio tennis, which combines cardiovascular exercise with high-intensity repetition of on-court mechanics. Juniors can rise through a number of ranks based on age and ability, ranging from introductory classes for beginners to classes that train youngsters for high-level competition. While practicing their strokes, players draw inspiration from Tony's wife, Liezel, among the top-ranked professional women's doubles players in the world and Grand Slam champion of the Australian, French, and U.S. Opens as well as Wimbledon. Huber Tennis Ranch keeps a busy schedule of classes and drills; check the calendar for upcoming times.
Kluge's staff of USPTA- and USPTR-certified instructors impart hard-learned tennis tenets to trainees, making on-court improvement an intelligible goal for pupils of all ability levels. A week of summer-camp sessions puts students among a small class of roughly a dozen fellow racquet-wielders, where they will receive individual attention from experts while honing stroke, serve, and volley techniques, playing competitive games and drills, and learning the subtle art of telekinetic ball control. The classes run from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings, and sessions are offered each week from June 7 to August 18. Fledgling Federers should bring their own racquet, sunscreen, water bottle, and theme song to play after every ace or winner.
Tennis Express's knowledgeable staff helps equip tennis players with the right racquet, outfit, or accessory from a large stock of men's and women's gear. A men's tennis polo ($40) dresses players in Dri-FIT technology that wicks moisture and opponents' intimidating grunts from the body, and the women's Nike tennis skirt ($50) boasts stretch fabric and hem vents for added mobility. Athletes keep perfectly feathered coifs away from eyes with Lacoste headbands ($9) and blisters off feet wearing Adidas full-cushioned, no-show tennis socks ($20). Customers can tote newly acquired gear in the Wilson tennis backpack ($50), which is large enough to hold two racquets, shoes, extra clothes, and an inflatable partner for spontaneous doubles matches.
Wielding an education in exercise science, pro experience, and 13 years of tennis-camp instruction, Ken Olivier and staff impart a strong foundation of tennis skills in kids while promoting passion for the sport. Set against the lush and polished backdrop of the Northgate Country Club, tennis summer camps are held twice a week and staffed by highly experienced instructors who teach budding tennis fiends the ropes in a supportive environment. The Quick Start program for kids 6–10 years old starts kids off by using smaller courts and foam balls, ensuring serves can foul properly or strike true while little John McEnroes practice and play actual games. The program includes a rundown of all equipment, fundamental skills, and ever-important hand-eye coordination to minimize the risk of bright yellow projectiles blazing holes through courtside water coolers.
Les Callaway is no stranger to the tennis court; he won the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship in his freshman year of college. Though he employed some top-notch training techniques to achieve his athletic goals, he never lost sight of the importance of loving the game. Today, as the head instructor at Cypress Tennis Academy, Les combines both his passion and his acumen to create group and private lessons for students of all ability levels. “We care not just about your tennis game, but your enjoyment of a life-long tennis adventure,” he says before excitedly listing off the kids’ summer camps, tournaments, and adult classes he teaches. The air at his facility is as invigorating as his attitude, the newly resurfaced courts sitting adjacent to a big fishing lake, a source of both fresh breezes and excellent midgame sushi.
Relying upon more than 25 years of experience in the tennis industry, the coaches at Tennis Champs helps students earn mastery over both the mental and physical aspects of the game. They welcome beginners young and old to make a smooth foray into the game during the four-part introductory Tennis 101 course—commonly students range in age from 4 to 18. During this series of 90-minute group lessons, coaches cover fundamentals ranging from just getting the ball over the net to developing court sense—the instinct that tells players where to position themselves and which baseline intersections indicate buried treasure. Three instructional classes introduce youngsters to new topics as they age and progress, allowing them to matriculate to a High Performance class that will further refine and sharpen their skills in preparation for competitive play.