Ranked 138 in the world, Fred Dewitte, play tennis! Orange County?s head instructor, brings his NCAA Division I playing experience to every lesson he teaches for adult and junior students. Fred tailors lessons to the individual player?s skill level and ultimate goals, be it an improvement of stroke mechanics, physical fitness, or more thorough enjoyment of the game. He believes that lessons should be fun for children, and that classes should provide an athletic experience and allow students to lose oneself in the sport during each lesson. Fluent in Japanese, English, and French, Fred can help native speakers of all three languages improve their arguments with line judges and translate opponents' grunts.
Founded with the goal of bringing the community together through social events that promote physical fitness, Spearman Clubs keeps its members active via a host of well-maintained athletic amenities and all-ages activities. Each of the three clubs features outdoor pools brimming with salt-filtered water free of chlorine or river rafts, as well as sauna and steam rooms for post-swim sessions. The sleek, palm-tree-laden clubs also boast tennis courts?all equipped with hitting walls and ball machines?upon which players of all experience levels can practice their backhand during lessons and programs helmed by seasoned pros.
The Laguna Niguel Racquet Club bustles with activity as members shape up in Pilates classes or stave off hunger pangs at the Top Spin Bar & Grill. Personal trainers help visitors at the Tennis Club at Monarch Beach cloak their muscles in iron, and an onsite spa sends weary bodies into fits of unfettered relaxation. Skilled muscle manipulators erase aches from tense backs at the Racquet Club of Irvine, where therapeutic massage services serve as a soothing conclusion to a day spent splashing about the pool and hitting the courts.
San Diego's The Sporting Club and its sister facility La Jolla Sports Club strike the perfect balance of form and function. They also help clients do the same. With classes that range from yoga and Pilates to spinning and strength training, the Sporting Club addresses all aspects of fitness. And La Jolla Sports Club's lineup of martial arts, team sports, and group barre classes encourages both teamwork and wellness. After class, drop by the cafe for a healthy snack, a smoothie, or just a straw to practice meditative breathing techniques.
Kevin Surrey has been playing tennis at a high level for more than a decade and a half, but it's possible that what he does off the tennis court contributes most substantially to his success as a coach. That's because when he's not serving up practice volleys or praising proper footwork, he's a teacher. He owns a masters of education degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, so clearly he recognizes the power of positive reinforcement and customized instruction. The approach works for everyone from first-timers to veteran racket swingers, all of whom can look forward to more solid contact, stronger backhands, and more reliable serves.
Over the Bridge Coronado Tennis brings together active amateurs and USPTA-certified coaches at an illuminated five-court facility for rousing matches and lessons. Players can start off with private or semi-private instruction to pick up fundamentals, or enroll in intermediate and advanced clinics to work the rust out of a rickety forehand. When ready to unveil their shiny new skills, players may sign up for the group's singles leagues or take advantage of Over the Bridge's player matching service, which recommends players of similar skill level and love of long walks on the beach.
At age 11, Todd Wonkka caught the tennis bug from mother. His athleticism was in full swing by college, but a knee injury shifted him from the role of competitor to teacher. Todd has since gained a teaching certification from the U.S. Professional Tennis Association and accumulated 13 years of coaching and whistle-twirling experience. His group and private lessons cater to players of all ages and abilities, tailoring each session to meet students' needs. During a session, Todd might walk players through footwork, topspin and slice serves, or how to wallop short-angle shots at opponents or the button that silences a car alarm.