Serving a tennis ball, like teaching a caveman to read, requires focus, balance, and the occasional well-timed grunt. Swat like a pro with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get a one-hour private tennis lesson at John Hatch Tennis Centre (a $50 value).
The centre’s expert instructors hone beginners’ and advanced players’ strokes in a bucolic outdoor setting. On one of four-lit hard courts, tennis acolytes spend a stimulating hour learning or improving the fundamentals of serves, backhands, and forehands. With their racquet-mastering teachers, intermediate players work on improving their game toward the goal of rousting all comers, and advanced players concentrate on mind-control strategy. John Hatch Tennis Centre has hosted lobbed airborne balls since 1980, when tennis was invented.