Within its massive stone façade, Lakes Tennis Academy contains 15,000 square feet of fitness facilities, complimented by 12 professionally lit, hard-surfaced tennis courts. Through classes and one-on-one sessions, trainers help students of all ages and levels improve tennis essentials, such as speed, accuracy, power, and control. The staff, which includes former NFL athletes and tennis pros who traded serves with the likes of Andre Agassi at Wimbledon, also teach general fitness courses such as boot camps, yoga, and personal training sessions.
Oasis Beach & Tennis Club's focus on the sport of tennis is obvious, if only based on the sheer number and variety of courts available. There are 14 total: 10 are outdoor hard courts, two are clay courts, and two are indoor, climate-controlled courts. But when it comes to coaching, especially for junior athletes, the instructional team focuses less on numbers and more on the 4 C's: consistency, commitment, courage, and character. They view these building blocks as essential to success in the sport more so than any numerical metric, such as number of aces you can pull off in a game or the number of times someone has mistaken you for a cool guy named Ace.
But the club has plenty of other amenities, such as a traditional fitness center, pool, and nine beach volleyball courts. Volleyball events are held regularly. Clinics for adults help players take their tennis game to the next level and an on-site tennis pro shop supplies high-quality gear and stringing services. When it's time to relax, take a spot in a cabana surrounding the turquoise resort-style pool open from Memorial Day through Labor Day while kids spend time at the onsite childcare facility, available for free for members from 9 a.m. to noon on weekdays. Additionally, members receive a discount at Urban Air Trampoline park, which shares a location with Oasis.
TopSpin Factory training is a tremendous improvement over traditional on-court methods where students attempt to learn stroke production and ball hitting. In reality, hitting with topspin is the only way to play advanced tennis and is difficult to learn using traditional on-court training methods.
Most Montessori schools shape their curriculum around the teachings of Maria Montessori, the Italian educator whose name is synonymous with encouraging children’s naturally developing intellect. And while St. Alcuin does just that, they also honor the other figure in their moniker—Alcuin, who tutored Charlemagne’s sons and turned York’s cathedral school into a legendary institution. At St. Alcuin, staff adopt a philosophy that encompasses the medieval scholar’s work and also inspires cooperation, independence, and imagination, whether students are conducting a science experiment in class or stretching the time-space continuum to make day camp last longer.
Even when the school year ends, St. Alcuin keeps kids engaged with enriching summer camps that foster independence and community building. Adventure camps feature exciting themes that acquaint campers with live animals, challenge them to build their own kites, or teach them about space travel. Meanwhile, sports camps and enrichment camps let children explore their passions. The school also offers academic camps that give students a leg up when school is back in session, helping kids learn a new language, musical instrument, or useful study skills.
Located inside an upscale tennis club, T Bar M Wellness Center is no stranger to athletes' troubles. Under the direction of Dr. Jeff Scarella, the wellness team strives to treat and prevent injuries with chiropractic care, ultrasonic massage, Kinesio tape, and cryotherapy pain-relief chambers used by the likes of the Dallas Cowboys, the Texas Rangers, and mad scientists trying to live forever.
As a U.S. Open–qualifying and USTA Pro Circuit Classic event, past Grapevine Women's Tennis Classic contests have attracted top 200 female swatters from various regions of the globe. With your Groupon, you'll be able to take in both the semifinals and the ensuing finals, bearing witness to the tourney's culminating thwacks and grunts before the fittest and gruntiest takes home the $50,000 purse. While you rest your eyes from the court carnage, follow your nose toward food and drinks, armed with a $10 voucher toward eats and sips (excluding alcohol). There is no limit on the number of Groupons purchased per person, so snag a few extras to treat the family or the cul-de-sac to a day of tennis fun.