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.
A setting sun isn't enough to halt play on the Hit Atlanta Tennis Center's 14 courts. Floodlights on each court allow director Scott Rose and his team of teaching pros to build love between their students and the game of tennis. Clinics for adults and juniors—split into groups according to skill level and age—form the backbone of the curriculum. As adults advance from beginner to intermediate clinics, they learn how to apply basic shots and scoring skills into the realm of pressure play and volleying. The junior academy starts kids out on sized-down equipment before graduating them to championship-quality gear when they’re deemed ready. The center sets itself apart from most tennis facilities by offering both hard and clay courts, whereas most feature hard courts that reveal a soft clay heart after you get to know them.
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
Between the lines of Peachtree City Tennis Center's 24 courts, expert instructors lead aspiring athletes through structured lessons and drills. Commit groundstroke adjustments to muscle memory with a fast-feed drill session, reduce both unforced errors and calories in a cardio-tennis session, or poach your opponent's weak returns and unguarded Gatorades while tending the net during a two-hour round-robin doubles session.
Head Instructor Jim McKinley calls upon his certifications as a Level 3 United States Golf Teachers Federation Instructor and US Army Master Fitness Trainer to help students take control of their swings and improve their scores. Jim starts lessons by assessing a player’s grip, posture, and alignment at setup, which are the building blocks of a tasty stew and a fundamental golf swing. Teachers and pupils then focus on the mechanics of the swing, with the students performing drills and exercises that help remedy problem areas. Students may also use training aides to lock in muscle memory so that the muscles learn the different benefits of swinging and twirling the club. Jim understands that while stance and swing mechanics can be addressed on the driving range, the less tangible aspects of club selection and golf-course management cannot. He helps students with these principles by playing a round with them, and offers a 50% refund to any student who can beat him.
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.