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.
Tennis pro Jamal Morgan brings a lifetime of competitive playing and coaching experience to Prefix Tennis Academy. He teaches custom-tailored programs for kids and adults, and also arranges private, semiprivate, and group tennis lessons.
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.
When it comes to describing Kristin Chenoweth, "multitalented" is an understatement. Overlaying a soaring voice with sparkling charisma, Chenoweth won the 1999 Tony for best featured actress in a musical and originated the role of Glinda the Good Witch in the smash Broadway hit Wicked, earning both fame as the definitive incarnation of that character and the legal right to carry an Oz passport. Her forays into television have included an Emmy win for Pushing Daisies, a stint on The West Wing, a guest appearance on Glee, and a starring role in ABC's new comedy GCB. Mixing classically trained control with the ability to call up a folksy twang from her childhood in Oklahoma, Chenoweth regales audiences with heartbreaking ballads and high-energy romps.
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.
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.