There are many reasons to visit Southlake, such as shopping, dining and special events – but you can also bring your racquet and play a game or take a lesson at Southlake Tennis Center (STC). The public facility, largest in Northeast Tarrant County, is located in Bicentennial Park and has 19 courts available for use. The city-owned tennis center opened in October 1999 and maintains a full schedule every week with adult league play, junior programs for all ages and levels, private and group lessons, and tournaments. More than 2,500 players visit Southlake Tennis Center from outside the community each year.
Southlake Tennis Center, recognized year-after-year for its dedication to the sport of tennis, is a perfect place to begin, continue or improve your game. In 2010, the 12 and under program was recognized as Texas Section Quick Start Facility of the Year. Southlake Tennis Center was one of the first facilities to embrace the use of different levels and colors of tennis balls to help early development and increase participation.
In addition, STC has earned support for their dedication to the game of tennis from the United States Tennis Association (USTA). They have been recognized as a 2011 USTA National Outstanding Facility and a 2015 USTA Texas Section Organization of the Year. Each award speaks volumes toward STC’s contributions to the community, the growth of tennis through programs, leagues and tournaments, and non-profit work.
The Director of Development for Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) education programs, Brian Parkkonen, saw the gem of Southlake Tennis Center firsthand and has now committed to having PTR Advanced Training hosted at STC.
“Seeing the quality of instruction so high at a public facility is unusual – all of the teaching comes from instructors with high tennis backgrounds at every level of the programs,” said Parkonnen.
This community tennis program has a dedication to providing a place to understand the game of tennis. With one of the most experienced staff in the Dallas Fort Worth area, awards such as PTR Facility of the Year recognize the prestige of the instruction and teaching, and development of multiple levels of programs to have a place for anyone who’d like to play.
Another popular program at Southlake Tennis Center is junior spring and summer camps. Weekly camps are available to players ages 4-18 with a level for everyone. The junior program tailors to meet the needs of each player, focusing on the skills that need to be acquired by age, with the help of the Quick Start format. This format includes modified racquets, balls, courts and scoring to “right-size” the game for children. Every Friday, STC hosts Match Day for everyone to get a chance to play a match with his or her age group. These opportunities allow junior players to gain technical skills at an earlier age and have fun learning the game!
Not only can someone visit Southlake Tennis Center to get more action on the court, but the pro shop offers top brands at a special discount price. The growing need for quality equipment is met at the shop. By fall of this year, expansion will begin to create a whole new shopping experience for those visiting Southlake Tennis Center. The existing building is simply not large enough to support the amount of current activity. The plans to double the size of the facility will bring many larger tennis events to Southlake. The need to expand the pro shop reflects the level of commitment Southlake Tennis Center has for all the variables of the game of tennis. But, although remodeling will be happening, the tennis center will continue to operate – courts will be open as always and the pro shop will operate out of a temporary building.
“Those outside of the Southlake community have the opportunity to come here and enjoy the feeling of a private club with the personal feel, programs, and pro shop but no monthly private club dues. Southlake Tennis Center has something for anyone to play tennis at any level,” explains Mia Gordon-Poorman, general manager of Southlake Tennis Center. “With so many people playing at every level, the tennis center is there to help every person find a place and a group to improve their tennis skills with.”
450 W. Southlake Blvd Southlake, TX 76092