6 Hard Tennis Courts And More!

We are pleased to offer 6 hard courts, complete with lights, water fountains, and shade shelters.

Tennis is the fastest growing traditional sport, because it is now viewed as the ultimate wellness activity, and the sport for a lifetime, from young to old.

Tennis membership at the Club includes great benefits, free access to the courts, free Cardio Tennis, discounts or credits on all instruction, and cool social events.

Our tennis program is headed up by South African tennis pro Neil Witherow, and we offer instruction for all levels and ages, including Cardio Tennis and Quickstart Tennis. Our web site and flyers have details on all of our programs.  We also offer Spring, Summer and Fall clinics for kids of all ages and abilities.

We look forward to seeing you on the courts !!

Why Tennis?

The Facts
tennis_facts_thumbTennis is truly “the sport for a lifetime” and the ultimate wellness activity in so many ways.   People who participate in tennis three hours per week at a moderately vigorous intensity cut in half their risk of death from any cause, according to the late Dr. Ralph Paffenbarger, who was an internationally recognized exercise authority and studied more than 10,000 people for 20 years. Tennis players scored higher in vigor, optimism and self-esteem while scoring lower in depression, anger, confusion, anxiety and tension than other athletes and non-athletes, according to Dr. Joan Finn and colleagues at Southern Connecticut State University. Since tennis requires alertness and tactical thinking, it may generate new connections between nerves in the brain and promote a lifetime of continuing development of the brain, reported scientists at the University of Illinois. Tennis outperforms golf and most other sports in developing positive personality characteristics, according to Dr. Jim Gavin, author of “The Exercise Habit.” Competitive tennis burns more calories than aerobics or cycling, according to studies in caloric expenditures
Physical Benefits
tennis_physical_benefits_thumbTennis ranks in the top 5 activities for calorie burning. Tennis enhances your:

  1. Aerobic fitness by burning fat and improving your cardiovascular fitness and maintaining higher energy levels.
  2. Anaerobic fitness by offering short, intense bursts of activity during a point followed by rest, which helps muscles use oxygen efficiently.
  3. Ability to accelerate by providing practice in sprinting, jumping and lunging quickly.
  4. Powerful first step by requiring anticipation, quick reaction time and explosion into action.
  5. Speed through a series of side-to-side and up and back sprints to chase the ball.
  6. Leg strength through hundreds of starts and stops that build stronger leg muscles.
  7. General body coordination since you have to move into position and then adjust your upper body to hit the ball successfully.
  8. Gross motor control through movement and ball-striking skills that require control of your large muscle groups.
  9. Fine motor control by use of touch shots like angled volleys, drop shots and lobs.
  10. Agility by forcing you to change direction as many as five times in 10 seconds during a typical point.
  11. Dynamic balance through hundreds of starts, stops, changes of direction and hitting on the run.
  12. Cross-training through a physically demanding sport that’s fun for athletes who specialize in other sports.
  13. Bone strength and density by strengthening bones of young players and helping prevent osteoporosis in older ones.
  14. Immune system through its conditioning effects, which promote overall health, fitness and resistance to disease.
  15. Nutritional habits by eating appropriately before competition to enhance energy production and after competition to practice proper recovery methods.
  16. Hand-eye coordination because you constantly judge the timing between the oncoming ball and the proper contact point.
  17. Flexibility due to the constant stretching and maneuvering to return the ball to your opponent.

Mental Benefits
tennis_mental_benefits_thumbTennis helps kids do better in school, and generate new connections between nerves in the brain, promoting a lifetime of continuing development of the brain.
Psychological Benefits
tennis_psychological_benefits_thumbTennis players scored higher in vigor, optimism and self-esteem while scoring lower in depression, anger, confusion, anxiety and tension than other athletes and non-athletes.   Tennis helps you:

  1. Develop a work ethic because improvement through lessons or practice reinforces the value of hard work.
  2. Develop discipline since you learn to work on your skills in practice and control the pace of play in competition.
  3. Manage mistakes by learning to play within your abilities, and realizing that managing and minimizing mistakes in tennis or life is critical.
  4. Learn to compete one-on-one because the ability to do battle on court trains you in the ups and downs of a competitive world.
  5. Accept responsibility by practicing skills and checking your equipment before a match, and by making accurate line calls during a match.
  6. Manage adversity by learning to adjust to the elements (e.g. wind, sun) and still be able to compete tenaciously.
  7. Control stress effectively because the physical, mental and emotional stress of tennis will force you to increase your capacity for dealing with stress.
  8. Learn how to recover by adapting to the stress of a point and the recovery period between points, which is similar to the stress and recovery cycles in life.
  9. Plan and implement strategies since you naturally learn how to anticipate your opponent’s moves and plan your countermoves.
  10. Learn to solve problems since tennis is a sport based on angles, geometry and physics
  11. Develop performance rituals before serving or returning to control your rhythm of play and deal with pressure. These skills can transfer to taking exams, conducting a meeting or making an important sales presentation.
  12. Learn sportsmanship since tennis teaches you to compete fairly with opponents.
  13. Learn to win graciously and lose with honor. Gloating after a win or making excuses after a loss doesn’t work in tennis or in life.
  14. Learn teamwork since successful doubles play depends on you and your partner’s ability to communicate and play as a cohesive unit.
  15. Develop social skills through interaction and communication before a match, while changing sides on the court and after play.
  16. Have fun – because the healthy feelings of enjoyment, competitiveness and physical challenge are inherent in the sport.

Summary and Reason No. 17 Is it any wonder that scientists and physicians around the world view tennis as the most healthful activity in which you can participate? While other sports can provide excellent health benefits and some can promote mental and emotional growth, none can compete with tennis in delivering overall physical, mental and emotional gains to those who play. All these benefits make tennis the ideal sport for kids to learn early in life. What parent wouldn’t want their children to have these advantages through their growing years? And, it’s never too late for adults of all ages to take up the game. The human system can be trained and improved at any stage of life. The key is to start playing now to get the most out of these benefits throughout your lifetime. And, that brings us to reason No. 17: Tennis is truly the sport for a lifetime! The proof is in the playing.

Developmental Benefits
tennis_developmental_benefits_thumbTennis outperforms golf and most other sports in developing positive personality characteristics.   14 reasons why tennis is the best sport for psychological development.

  1. Tennis is an individual sport In tennis, you are all alone on the court. No one shares in the glory or the blame. There is no teammate to pass off to if you are playing poorly and you can not be taken out of the game while you recuperate from your poor play.
  2. No coaching is allowed Tennis is one of the only sports where young players are not allowed to receive any coaching. Except for a handful of exceptions like HS tennis, Zonal teams or Davis Cup, nearly all tournaments do not allow for coaching. The no coaching restriction is unusual in sport and clearly forces young competitors to deal with the pressures and problems of play on their own.
  3. Intense pressure at a young age Many successful professional players have reported that the stresses of junior tennis were the greatest of their entire career. For example, Chris Evert has reported that she felt more pressure during her junior career than she did at any other time as a player. The junior player must deal with the same frustrations during tournament play as the adult, but with fewer resources and life experiences to handle them.
  4. Tennis provides no where to hide Tennis players must remain in full view of spectators, regardless of how they perform. They may desperately wish to hide from the world but they cannot due to the structure and rules of the game. Embarrassment, discouragement, anger, choking, euphoria, they’re all there for everyone to see. Some players dislike this aspect of tennis while others embrace it. Either way, tennis provides little shelter for the emotions that accompany such an exciting game.
  5. No substitutes/time-outs Many sports allow players to regain their composure or get back on track through the use of substitutions and time-outs. This is not the case in tennis. Players must stay in the game, regardless of how bad or uncomfortable things may get. This is particularly difficult considering that matches can be two or three hours in length.
  6. One-on-one combat Tennis is similar to boxing. You have a real one-on-one opponent that you must defeat to emerge victorious. A match can quickly become a personal confrontation between opponents, especially if one resorts to gamesmanship tactics. Such direct competition can fuel intense rivalries and threaten friendships in powerful ways among young players.
  7. The accuracy of line calling Completely objective, professional trained linesman make mistakes all the time. And they are motionless and concerned only with one line. Expecting players in a match to call the lines with the same accuracy is at best unrealistic. Balls traveling at speeds at over 50 miles per hour with fractions of an inch separating “out” from “in” provide distinct opportunities for conflict and controversy. Recent studies show that players are actually legally blind at the moment they land on the court when running. This is added to the fact that many matches can be dramatically changed with only one bad call, makes mistakes unavoidable and it is easy to see why tempers can flare. (Imagine what would happen if the batters in little league baseball were responsible for calling balls and strikes against themselves.)
  8. The “honor” scoring system Unlike most other sports, in tennis a player can take a point that is rightfully their opponent’s by deliberately calling a shot out that had fallen within the lines. The point can be the most important of the match, yet the call stands. There is nothing a player can do about it. Pressures associated with being cheated or being accused of cheating can place tremendous psychological strain on young players.
  9. Tennis requires touch and finesse Tennis is primarily a fine motor skill sport, meaning that it is comprised of many precise movements requiring “feel”. As such, these movements can be influenced significantly by subtle changes in emotion. Anger, fear, frustration, embarrassment, and other such emotions can be very disruptive to the delicate motor control needed in tennis skills such as serving and volleying.
  10. Constantly changing conditions Changing temperature, wind intensity of light, court surfaces, balls, altitude, indoor/outdoor play and equipment add to the depth of the competitive challenge in tennis. Players are forced to deal with changes such as these, many times within the same match. Player’s responses to these situations can provide an indication of their level of mental toughness. Those who are not affected by changes in conditions are often the ones who win.
  11. Length of the battle Few sports require kids to concentrate and perform for as much as three hours at a time. It is not uncommon for 12-year old players to be required to compete in two singles matches and two doubles matches on the same day. Mental toughness and physical fitness become critical if a player is to become successful.
  12. The unique scoring system in tennis The scoring system in tennis adds to the pressure a young player experiences. Unlike many other sports, there is no overall time limit. Play continues until one of the players wins two out of three sets. Consequently, there is no room for coasting on a lead or waiting for time to run out. Each player is always just a few points from a complete turn-around, and a lead is never safe. As a contrast, if a basketball team is ahead by 30 points, they will almost certainly win, because their lead is too large to overcome within the time of the competition. In tennis a player can be ahead 5-0 in the third set, and lose two games and immediately have reason to fear a loss and a huge comeback on their opponent’s part.
  13. Junior tennis rankings Junior tennis establishes a clear pecking order very quickly through an intricate system of sectional and national rankings. For some young players, rankings become synonymous with self-esteem. They develop feelings of expectation, hope, and failure surrounding rankings, seedings and titles. This can lead to a great deal of unhappiness if the player’s enjoyment in tied to winning and losing. If you’re one of the best players in 12 & under baseball players in your state, you still won’t ever be ranked so that you know if you are the 1st or 5th best players. But in tennis you will know exactly where how you compare.
  14. “Big vs. Little” and “Young vs. Old” Another dimension of tennis is the fact that a nine-year-old child can successfully compete against a 14 or 15 year-old-teenager. A young girl of 14 may be capable of beating a seasoned veteran on the pro tour. Small can beat large, and young can beat old. A 12-year old boy losing to a 9-year old or a 6’3” boy losing to someone half his size can be extremely stressful.

Tennis Court Policies

  • All members and guests must check in before play
  • Please wear proper tennis attire and shoes
  • Please leave your court tidy after play, removing all balls, towels and trash

Tennis Court Reservation Policies

  • Only Club members can reserve a tennis court (fitness only members must pay $6 guest fee pp)
  • Reservations can be made in person or over the phone, up to 4 days in advance
  • Courts can be reserved for 1½ hours, starting at any of the following times:
    • 7:30am, 9:00am, 10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm, 3:00pm, 4:30pm, 6:00pm, 7:30pm
    • Walk up reservations are welcome, if there is a court available
    • Tennis instruction is limited to our teaching pros, unless teaching a direct family member

Guest Fees and Policies

  • All guests must check in, fill out a guest registration form (one time only) and pay a $6 guest fee

USTA League Teams

  • At least half of the players on each Club league team roster must be tennis members
  • Non-members must pay a $25 league fee to the Club, which covers the court fees for all matches at The Club, as well as 1 team practice per week at The Club.