At TennisTopia, staffers help players optimize their thwacking abilities with a large inventory of rackets, balls, and other gear from brands such as Adidas, Nike, and Wilson and a variety of tennis-oriented services. Restringing keeps rackets in taut, top-notch shape, and the shop also equips male or female teams with the weapons and matching uniforms to wage battle against gophers popping up through the clay in the middle of matches.
The Tennis Zone keeps players smashing aces and ripping forehand winners in style with name-brand equipment, apparel, and racquet restringing services. Stop in for a new tube of tennis balls on the way to a match, or consult the knowledgeable staff for advice on selecting a new pair of shoes or shorts capable of concealing second and third racquets. While tennis is the primary focus, the shop also caters to other racquet sports such as squash, badminton, and racquetball.
As the the Tennis Zone's network for recreational play, Smart Tennis puts tennis lovers in contact with like-minded players of similar age and ability, and then lets them set up matches at mutually agreeable times and places. Newcomers simply enter their age and skill level—recreational or advanced—into the website and then contact other users with similar court credentials. After finishing off their sets and shaking hands, the winner then logs back on to report scores and earn points that can be exchanged for prizes—which are just the icing on the cake and second to the true prizes of friendship, camaraderie, and the aroma of brand new tennis balls.
At East Potomac Tennis Center, a league of racket-wielding pros employs private lessons, group classes, and open-court play to teach the fine points of volleying. With an hour of indoor court time, practice or play among the community center's five newly resurfaced, well-lit indoor playmats. Exuding a 70-degree climate year-round, fellow ball swatters can take to the courts for a cool summertime volley or a sweat-inducing try at hitting the ball through a steel wall.
With five indoor tennis courts, a group exercise studio, and a fully equipped training room, Mount Vernon Athletic Club has kept hearts racing and muscles burning for 40 years. The tennis program aims to improve the skills of players of all ages by hosting clinics and seminars on correct stroke form and how to grow your own tennis-ball garden.
Personal trainers inhabit the training studio, creating regimens customized to their clients' physical prowess, while Fitness On Demand offers a library of group fitness classes. Rounding out the club's services, the wellness spa keeps clients looking their best with skincare and tanning services. Free childcare services allow parents to take advantage of the gamut of offerings.
Cardio Tennis fulfills the shameless dream inside all tennis pros and amateurs: furiously smashing hundreds of balls in a row while cranking powerful, grunt-inspiring music. Over the course of an hour, you and your cardio-mates will undergo the rigors of various fast-paced drills. While some technical tennis instruction may occur, the primary focus is placed on the aerobic movement and discovering the uninhibited side of tennis. The friendly instructors at Georgetown Prep will keep class-goers motivated throughout the hour, helping to burn calories, increase endurance, and improve ability to smash things.
On the shade-speckled hard courts of Carderock Springs Swim and Tennis Club, Seven Locks Swim and Tennis Club, and Old Georgetown Swim and Tennis Club—tennis director Nitin Deodhar and his team of professionals certified by the United States Professional Tennis Association work with adults and children during specially designed tennis classes and clinics. Nitin and his team lead students as young as four years old, and many of their racket-swinging scholars have achieved collegiate scholarships, national rankings, and sectional league championships.
In addition to helping young students fine-tune their motor skills while developing a love of tennis balls rivaled only by golden retrievers, Deodhar Tennis Academy works with adult students. Specialized clinics and classes include cardio-tennis sessions filled with drills that attempt to keep heart rates up and early-bird clinics—which blend drills and point play to provide a more invigorating start to the day than swimming in a pool of iced espresso.:m]]