Tennis, like fishing, is better with a partner and extremely embarrassing with one's head caught in the net. Snag some friendly competition with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get a three-month membership to the ChiTown Tennis branch of the Tennis League Network (a $22 value), an organization that helps match local tennis lovers with playing partners.
The Tennis League Network operates like a very specific social networking or dating website, but with the sole intention of pairing up tennis lovers with potential playing partners. After registering with the network, subscribers will be connected with 20 nearby men and/or women, matching individual skill levels to create complementary duos ideal for friendly rounds or impromptu impressions of the Baldwin brothers. The partner program is split into playing regions for the north suburbs, west Chicagoland, south Chicagoland, and multiple divisions in north and mid Chicagoland, allowing racket-brandishing participants to find a dedicated partner with whom to hit the tennis courts or clubs, and work on honing serves, volleys, and McEnroe-inspired racket spikes. In addition to teaming up twosomes, the Tennis League Network donates 2–5% of program entry fees to the Cancer Research Institute.