Helmed by Texas Tennis Hall-of-Famer Sammy Giammalva Jr., Giammalva Racquet Club uses a variety of fun and technical classes to fashion future pros. The adult beginner classes help aspiring racketeers burn calories while learning ground-stroke fundamentals, volleys, overheads, serves, and proper grunting diction. Intimate class sizes of up to 15 allow expert coaches to lavish individualized attention and impart instruction to students of all skill levels. Classes are available Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
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 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.
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.