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
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.
Open throughout the year, Beat Time Sports Center encourages both kids and their parents to stay active and teaches healthy habits and life skills. During lessons and casual practices, pint-size feet scurry on the facility's kid-size indoor tennis courts and soccer fields, helping young athletes develop confidence, coordination, and cooperation. As children occupy themselves with sports, parents can take advantage of their newfound freedom by sipping coffee in the caf? or sneaking home to jump on the bed and eat dirt in peace.
Smoky Mountain Tennis Academy’s seasoned professionals introduce adults and novelty miniature adults of all ages to the nuances of tennis with a potpourri of clinics and lessons. The one-hour cardio clinic takes advantage of the sport’s high-energy movements to burn away superfluous calories while building up the stamina to endure perpetually deuced tennis matches or sped-up comedic chase scenes. One-hour Quickstart clinics impart the game’s essential skills and strokes to kids 10 and younger using fun movement activities and games. Eventually, they’ll graduate to playing real matches and—far more eventually—adulthood.
Fort Sanders Health & Fitness Center offers a fun alternative to sitting on the couch and watching a movie: floating in an inner tube and watching a movie. Every year, the gym's heated outdoor pool turns into a "dive-in" theater, where families can lounge on the deck or in the water as a film plays on an inflatable screen.
Of course, the center advocates for more vigorous workouts, too. It has an indoor track, cardio machines, and free weights for visitors of all ages and abilities. Group fitness classes are available throughout the week, from Pilates and yoga to Les Mills BodyPump. Instructors also lead youth programs in tennis, aquatics, and martial arts, keeping kids active and primed for the triathlon portion of family reunions.
The sound of volleying balls and shuffling feet fill Silvia Tennis Academy's courts as beginning and experienced players alike hone their skills through clinics, leagues, lessons, and classes targeted to tutor any age. The crew of background-checked trainers and staff members attend at least three continuing-education events each year to sharpen racquet skills and hone teaching techniques. Cardio Tennis classes—which director Viola Madej promotes through seminars and training—get kids moving to improve athletic performance and inspire active lives, and adults sweat to similar high-energy workouts that fuse fun with aerobic training. Players who want extra practice or to play matches on their own time can use the academy's online court-reservation service, which books court time without requiring an old-fashioned phone call or singing telegram.