Our Programs


“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”Arthur Ashe

Tennis Memphis recognizes the role of sports and specifically tennis, to teach valuable life skills. Our coaching staff strives to address the developmental needs of the player through excellent tennis instruction with an emphasis on character, including elements such as the importance of sportsmanship, teamwork, positive attitude and respect. Utilizing the GreatBase Tennis Curriculum, Tennis Memphis offers tennis instruction and training for players of all levels, beginning at age 4. Programs include Junior Development, Tennis and Tutoring, Community Outreach programs, USTA Junior Team Tennis and more!

For more information about the Junior Development program, contact Trip Wills at (901) 515-8747 or email.

 

View the GreatBase Tennis online courses here!

 

No child is turned away due to financial circumstances.

Download a form here: Tennis Memphis Financial Assistance Application

For more information, contact Melinda Hoehn at
(901) 685-7907 or email.

Junior Development Program

The Junior Development Program at Tennis Memphis utilizes the GreatBase Tennis Curriculum to teach sound tennis fundamentals, encourages students to be independent thinkers through peer teaching, and helps them build character by providing leadership opportunities, and teaches them the value of hard work and self-discipline when pursuing goals.

Junior Development at Tennis Memphis is divided into three categories:

Early Childhood Development, Skill Acquisition, and Competitive Training
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1. Early Childhood Development is for players ages 4-7. Parents are required to attend. Students will be taught the fundamentals of tennis and ways to acquire athletic skills. An emphasis will be placed on how to practice, both at home or at the court.
2. Skill Acquisition is designed for beginner to intermediate players who are still developing a strong technical base. Students will be taught technical and tactical fact-based information to progress toward playing singles and doubles. The skills taught within all groups are based on the dimensions of the court and physical laws. Classes are education based and may appear to move at a slower pace, but will give your player the opportunity to learn solid fundamentals from the beginning.
3. Competitive Training (Tournament Prep) and Non-Traditional Scheduling Programs– for players who have goals to compete in Division 1 college tennis and beyond. To be brilliant with the basics is the core principal of every level of training. These classes include a continuation of repetitive drills to build “brain memory.” Players continue to work to improve and refine sound fundamentals, and the finer points are constantly reviewed with great detail. The mental and emotional component of the game is emphasized, since the student is capable of competing with tactical options based on the technical foundation that has been built.
Documentation of player development is an essential component of the Junior Development Program. An abbreviated Player Assessment must be completed by all participants in Tennis Memphis’ Junior Development Program. The cost is $40.
The following assessments are optional for the ECD, and SA levels.
Player Assessment #1 is a full-length technical evaluation. Players must schedule an appointment to have each essential stroke filmed from three different angles, complete two tests of their technical skills, and complete a goal sheet. Players will receive a personalized training video which will be sent as a private YouTube clip.
The video will have two parts: 1) slow motion with technical information, and 2) classroom presentation reviewing the prescribed changes and homework. Upon viewing the video three times, the player must email simplified notes to the instructional staff. The process documents development and assigns accountability for both the player and instructional staff. Fee: $125
Please note: Only total beginners are exempt from this process.
This service is also available for adults.
Assessment #2. The service is to capture match play on film and then provide a tactical analysis.
Fees:
Assessment 1: $125
Assessment 1 & 2: $225
This Junior Development Program is a 10 month program designed for students who have competitive goals and aspire to play college tennis and beyond. The program runs from August 6 to May 24. Pricing is $1150 per month. Discounts for students enrolled full-time: Pre-pay for 2 months and receive 10% off. Pre-pay for 3 months and receive 15% off. Sibling discount: 50%.

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Education

Tennis & Tutoring

This program meets after school at Bellevue Tennis Center, from 4:00-6:00 pm, Monday-Friday. Students receive one hour of high-quality tennis instruction and one hour of homework help and education enrichment lessons featuring the Academic Creative Engagement (ACE) and Game.Set.Match Life Skills Curriculums.

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Game.Set.Match. Life Skills

The GAME units include: Being a Team Player, Being Positive, Understanding Rules, Practicing Proper Hygiene, Talking with Others and Appreciating Diversity. The SET units include: Embracing Fitness, Understanding Nutrition, Improving Study Skills, Staying Calm and Focused, Dealing with Peer Pressure and Resolving Conflicts. The MATCH units include: Speaking In Front of Others, Making Good Decisions, Setting Personal Goals, Planning to Attain Personal Goals, Overcoming Challenges and Giving and Receiving Help.

Academic Creative Engagement (ACE) Curriculum

A.C.E. is designed to improve kids’ attitudes and behaviors around math, literacy and school climate. ACE is an out-of-school academic curriculum connected to the Common Core State and National Educational Standards and the sport of tennis. Activities encourage academic achievement, health and wellness and social and emotional skills. When combined with a tennis program, it provides children with important Developmental Assets.™ A.C.E. Benefits:Provides an engaging multicultural approach that addresses the achievement gap.Promotes social/emotional skills, health/wellness, and family involvement.Teaches problem-solving strategies on and off the tennis court.Includes fun and relevant learning activities.Includes pre and post surveys to measure impact.

USTA Junior Programs

 USTA Junior Tournaments           Playing in tournaments with regionally and nationally ranked players is an important step in gaining the required experience and exposure necessary to reach a player’s full potential. Serious players compete in USTA tournaments with the goal of achieving State, Sectional, National rankings, and potentially a tennis college scholarship.

For info contact Kent Smith at (901) 237-5677, or  ksmith@tennismemphis.org.

For a list of upcoming  USTA Tournaments, click here.


Match weekends: Sept.21, 28, Oct. 12, 19, and 26.

Divisions Available: 8u, 10u, 12u, 14u, & 18u

In Junior Team Tennis, players develop their match playing skills in a fun and supportive environment and benefit from the camaraderie of a team. The program is parent-led and each team must have a captain. Practices can be arranged and led by parents or coaches. Tennis Memphis Pros charge a nominal fee to lead practices. Download our Junior Team Tennis FAQs, or contact Alyssa Ivey at aivey@tennismemphis.org.