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.
Trevor Mckibbin Director of Quick Start- USPTA Certified Played the No. 1 line for Lindale High School Varsity for 4 years and also competed in the Jr. Olympics. Prior to coming to Northgate Tennis Academy he was Assistant Director of Tennis at Rose Park Tennis Club in Abilene Texas. Following Horace Greely’s advice Trevor headed west and was hired as the Head Pro and later promoted as Assistant Tennis Director at the Yakima Tennis Club in Yakima Washington. While there Trevor coached the nation’s top High School girl’s tennis players in Washington State. In 2012 Trevor spoke at the WIAA School For Coaches where he spoke on the topic HOW TO TEACH TECHINQUE ON TENNIS. Returning back to Texas Trevor joined the staff at The Club in the Woodlands where he was initially made the Adult Coordinator of Tennis then asked to take on the duties of Head Junior Instructor and the Director of The Quick Stat Program.
Edward Oueilhe Director of Tennis Few of us find the love of our life at the age of three. Edward picked up his first racket at the age of three and was hooked. In the 20 years since Edward went on to win many USTA Junior Tournaments in California, became a top national ranked junior competitor, have a singles and doubles world ranking and went on to compete on the Challengers and Futures Tour where he was associated with tennis sponsors Yonex, Head and Babolat. Injuries along with travel demands forced Edward to turn his attention from competitor to teacher. Since his retirement from professional tennis Edward has successfully coached Zats, Champs and Super Champs some of these players have gone on to become Nationally Ranked Juniors. Edwards experience and dedication to tennis have earned some of his students Division 1 and Division II College and University scholarships. Many of these students still come by and train with him during their summer vacations from college. Today Edward continues working with the next generation of young tennis players through the Northgate Tennis Academy
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Recommended Age Group: Kids
Pro Tip: Make sure children have socks so that they can enjoy the inflatables.
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Bounce houses
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
After having children of my own, I discovered how difficult it can be to find a nice, secure place for them to play and release some energy. Seeing the faces of the kids light up when they enter the inflatable room is the best part of this job. They enter the facility thinking it is just another business?until they see the inflatables and that's when the excitement begins.
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
We have an indoor inflatable room where kids can run around and have some fun without being outside in the heat.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Arcade room is also part of the weekday play, and it doesn't require coins. On weekdays only, unlimited play runs Monday?Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Kids also receive a drink and a snack with their entrance during these times. Weekends are reserved for private parties.
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.