What You'll Get
Though canines love tennis for its bouncy yellow balls, humans appreciate the freedom to bark loudly with each swing and bury their favorite rackets all over the court. Become a tennis beast with today's Groupon: for $50, you get three seasons of competitive tennis matches from Gladiator Tennis League, which operates across the Chicagoland area (a $105 value).
Gladiator Tennis lets current, former, and new tennis players get their fuzzy-orb-smashing kicks by playing in a professionally run league devoid of membership fees and court costs. After taking a short online survey to establish their skill level, eager racket swingers pick their home court from more than 100 net-divided rectangles in the north, northwest, west, and southwest suburbs.
Half of the matches are played at home and half are played at courts no more than a 20-minute drive away. Match times are arranged by the players themselves within set two-week windows, and every season consists of seven matches. Top-division players and the top 16 players in each skill level get to face off in the Gladiator playoffs, competing for highly coveted prizes such as a Gladiator bag tag, a tennis trophy disguised as a spelling-bee trophy, and a free season of league play. The first season runs from April 4 through June 5, the summer season from June 6 through July 31, and the final season from August 1 through early to mid-October.
Players are required to provide a new can of tennis balls for each home court match.
While there are few online reviews for Gladiator Tennis, customer testimonials are available on its website:
- I rate the league a '10'. It was a blast playing different players and styles, and I met some players in my area that I can continue to play. – Mark R.
- It's enjoyable, competitive, economical, convenient, professionally organized, and so friendly. I love playing outdoors and meeting new players in the league. – Christy M.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Mar 28, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Must activate membership by 3/28/11, membership expires 3 seasons from activation date. Registration required. Must be 18 or older. First-time members only. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.