I decided this was the year I was going to learn how to play tennis again. I played tennis off and on as a kid and an occasional match for fun over the years. However, I really had not had any tennis instruction since tennis camp as a kid (yes, it has been probably 25 years). I had always loved tennis. I loved it because I got to be outside in the fresh air, I felt powerful when I hit it hard, and it was a great workout. A friend told me about Charlotte City Tennis and her great experience, so I contacted them to help me on my way. I told them where I was in my tennis skills (or lacking there of) and they told me where to start. I had the pleasure of attending 2 of their tennis clinics and they were amazing. Amazingly hard! I was breathing heavy, getting a great workout, and having fun! I loved playing tennis again. Their instruction was spot on and helpful that I could easily see improvements immediately. The clinics were also fun and the other players were welcoming and friendly. In addition to these clinics, I decided some private lessons might really help me gain some more instruction to help me on my way. So last week, I went to my first private lesson with Allen Gowin, head pro of Charlotte City Tennis. The lesson was awesome. I got to really figure out what I was or was NOT doing. I learned so much in this one hour and am hopefully on my way to getting better. I’m excited to try a few more lessons and clinics with Charlotte City Tennis. If you’ve ever thought about getting back into to tennis or trying it for the first time, give Charlotte City Tennis a call. They truly know what they are doing. You’ll get a great workout and have a ball!
Want to know more about Charlotte City Tennis?
Read below the words of Allen Gowin, Head Pro of Charlotte City Tennis
In most cities, sports programming at public facilities is facilitated through the Park and Recreation program or contracted out to third parties to run in partnership with the city. Charlotte is no different. Tennis was one of these sports in Charlotte and for some reason was lacking in quality programs for the community as a whole. There were some instructional options and league play options, but nothing that offered everything under one roof. It seemed nothing shouted “This is Charlotte’s community tennis program!” Hence, in 2013, Charlotte City Tennis (CCT) was born.
CCT partnered with Mecklenburg County Park and Rec. to bring full-scale tennis programming for all ages and skill levels to its three primary facilities- Jeff Adams Tennis Center(West Tyvola Road), Freedom Park, and Park Rd. Park. Through a combination of quality USPTA staff pros, commitment to excellent customer service, and programs designed to be inclusive as opposed to exclusive; CCT has made great strides in meeting it’s tagline- “The Club for the Community!”
For CCT’s adult programs (stay tuned for junior updates in the future), they offer a combination of instructional as well as match play options. Each week, there are 20+ adult clinics ranging from the beginner level up to advanced. In addition to group clinics; private lessons, small group lessons, and team practices are taught. Whether you are brand new to the sport or a seasoned veteran, there is a program with CCT that can improve your tennis game.
CCT also offers a series of match play options including seasonal singles ladders, seasonal doubles league, and adult socials. All of these opportunities are “served” with the focus on FUN and being social. Clinics are fast-paced, games based, and high repetition. Match play programs are well organized and a great way to meet new players. After all, as adults, recreation should be exercised-based and fun. There is enough stress in everyone’s life, tennis shouldn’t add to it!
So, whether you’re looking for an alternative to the treadmill for exercise, are committed to learning a new sport, looking to improve from where you currently are, or just looking to have fun playing tennis while meeting new players you should check out Charlotte City Tennis. As they say, “there is something for everyone.” See you on the courts soon!