The Louisville Sports Academy places top-notch instructors at the helm of both of its professional-level facilities, where programs, camps, and classes help players of all ages develop their skills. Opened in 1998, the multifaceted Springhurst location combines 10 indoor tennis courts with areas for golf, field hockey, volleyball, and basketball to form a one-stop training haven. The academy’s other location, Top Gun Academy, has grown to include 13 outdoor tennis courts and a 18,000-square-foot indoor turf field. Dually dedicated to excellence in sports, both facilities offer programs that have helped produce college-level players and championship teams.
The instructors at Louisville Indoor Racquet Club believe that practice is just as important as technique. At any of their 14 indoor courts or outdoor clay courts, seasoned coaches delineate on the finer points of whipping effective forehands, smashing lobs, and using the geometry of the court to outfox opponents who forgot their protractor. But they also fast feed endless balls so that players get ample chance to refine their strokes and learn to construct points. This technique and practice-training philosophy extends to each of the club's programs, which includes clinics for adults, juniors, and seniors.
The Club at Harper's Point encompasses the essentials for wellness and entertainment, including tennis courts, a fitness center, and a pool exclusively for adults. The tennis courts span both indoor and outdoor acreage, with 10 sheltered courts sporting a cushy DecoTurf that gently buoys balls, feet, and dropped crystal vases. Outside, 11 HarTru Sports soft courts host rapid-fire matches and classes or camps for all ages amid shaded gazebos. In the fitness center, certified personal trainers whip bodies into shape atop Cybex and Hammer strength equipment, as well as treadmills and ellipticals equipped with TVs. The fitness staff also captains exercise classes including spinning, aerobics, and yoga to chisel physiques and wake muscles from their winter hibernation. Visitors can wind down from workouts at the pool.
The Five Seasons Family Sports Club houses tennis courts, a dining area, fitness facilities, swimming pools, and a full-service spa under one roof. Within air-conditioned indoor courts or on outdoor hard or clay courts, racquet slingers compete in friendly bouts to sharpen swings, refine backhands, and showcase grunting abilities. Members can also break a sweat in exercise areas speckled with modern cardio equipment and weights or cool off in an Olympic-sized pool with diving wells and wading areas. Before meeting others for a postgame beverage at the lively café, clients can wander to the spa for a relaxing massage or partake in a sports workshop to gain a firm grasp on game mechanics.
The experienced instructors at Eastern Hills Indoor Tennis Club know what it takes to win games against tough opponents. Brian Clark and Steve Levine both crossed rackets with skilled rivals while playing for Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati. And Doug Matthews helps lead collegiate students to victory as the assistant coach of Xavier's men's and women's tennis teams. It's this wealth of experience that makes the club’s group lessons so successful. Classes are designed to improve the skills of all players, whether they're well versed in the sport or have only used a racket to bat away a bumblebee.
Established: Before 1950
Reservations/Appointments: Not offered
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Recommended Age Group: All ages
When Hyde Park Tennis Club first opened in 1913, tennis was still a relatively new sport. By the end of 1915, 109 people had joined the tennis club, including some women, proving that the sport had staying power, unlike the passing trend of looking angry in photographs. Over the years the club has continued to grow in popularity, and many of its current members have been with HPTC for decades.
In a Hyde Park Living magazine article, members explained why they love the club so much, noting that players there are "competitive in a professional, friendly way" and that the club helps introduce players of similar skill levels to one another. It also may be due to HPTC's relaxed nature—no court reservations are ever needed, members can just come and go as they please. Tennis matches unfold on six Har-Tru clay courts, which tend to be easier on the joints and result in slower, higher bounces and more rallies.