Southlake Tennis Center, one of the premier facility for junior tennis instruction in Dallas Fort Worth, kicks off its junior summer program on June 9 with week-long tennis camps, once-a-week tennis classes and tournament training. Other activities throughout the summer include Saturday Match Days and Future Stars Tournaments. Registration and payment can be done at the pro shop or online at www.SouthlakeTennis.com.
According to Mia Gordon-Poorman, general manager of Southlake Tennis Center, the goal is to provide programs for both recreational and competitive junior players.
“Summer is a time to have fun, and we make sure kids have fun on the courts while also developing basic skills. For our players who compete in tournaments, summer is the time for intensive training,” she says, noting classes follow the USTA High Performance Coaching Program with certified coaches who played college tennis.
Gordon-Poorman added, “Our instructors all played at the Division 1 or 2 college level with most coaching at that collegiate level too.” Owing to their high-level of coaching knowledge and experience, the center uses a team approach. Players are grouped by age/ability. The student-pro ratio is no more than eight students, which ensures individualized attention emphasizing correct technique and match play skills.
Using the USTA QuickStart program for 10 and under players, which uses modified courts, balls and racquets, the junior tennis camps and classes include warm up drills, stroke development, tennis related games and match play. The instructors are all PTR/USPTA certified tennis professionals with specialist certifications in junior development. Players who come to one week of camp are eligible for a 10 percent discount on additional weeks in camp, other summer tennis activities and Pro Shop purchases.
“This program emphasizes good technique and the ability to play points, which develops tennis skills more quickly,” states Director of Tennis Stephen Poorman, noting Southlake Tennis Center was one of the first facilities in Texas to be recognized as a USTA Approved QuickStart Tennis Facility. “The focus is on learning to play the game from an early age, not just instruction.”
Southlake Tennis Center is a public tennis facility owned by the City of Southlake and managed by Stephen Poorman and Mia Gordon-Poorman (Roxy Tennis, LLC). It has 19 lighted hard courts available to rent on an hourly basis. Southlake residents may make reservations to use the courts up to one week in advance. Non-residents can make reservations 48 hours ahead. Court fees are $4.00 per person for residents and $5.00 per person for non-residents for up to 2 hours of court time.
For more information, call 817-421-8605 or go to www.SouthlakeTennis.com.
*Red and Orange Elite levels are for players wanting to enter tournament training or for those players currently in tournament play.
Monthly classes also are available on Saturday for ages 5-16 years old. Click here for schedule.
The advanced player program features two-a-day workouts and is designed to train players for competition in Texas Section ranking tournaments. Known as the Southlake Tennis Academy (STA), training focuses on technique-based drills, court strategy, conditioning, agility/speed training, video analysis and coached match play to further develop players who are actively pursuing tournament level tennis.