Prior to their use on the tennis courts, nets were employed strictly for trapping newspaper-stealing neighbors or dredging Loch Ness to discover America's Next Top Monster. Ensnare opponents in a vigorous volley instead with today's Groupon: for $37, you get four adult beginner tennis classes (a $75 value) and racket rental (a $5 value) at Giammalva Racquet Club in Spring's Wimbledon subdivision (an $80 total value). All four classes must be redeemed in one month.
Helmed by Texas Tennis Hall-of-Famer Sammy Giammalva Jr., Giammalva Racquet Club uses a variety of fun and technical classes to fashion future pros. The adult beginner classes help aspiring racketeers burn calories while learning ground-stroke fundamentals, volleys, overheads, serves, and proper grunting diction. Intimate class sizes of up to 15 allow expert coaches to lavish individualized attention and impart instruction to students of all skill levels. Classes are available Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.