Tennis Classes for Teens & Pre-Teens

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  • Private tennis coach for a 13-year-old

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    My 13-year-old has taken tennis group lessons and attended summer camps. He enjoys playing, is at the beginning-intermediate level, and wants to get better. Right now, my kid isn't aiming to play competitive tennis but just wants to have a good foundation to build on. I am interested in finding a private tennis coach to work with him on proper mechanics. If you know of coaches who work well with young teens, please let me know. Thank you!

    Alameda rec center has great private coaches who are very affordable - it was $46 per 1 hour session when I last did it (6 months ago). Try contacting Paul Tu via text/call at 408-621-8272. You can also try on Thumbtack although they can be pricey - $90-$150 per session

  • Options for afternoon tennis classes

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    Can anyone recommend schools/teachers for private tennis classes? I'm looking for options for my son and his friend (both 11); they went through a few sessions at the King Tennis Courts, but the teachers and program have been very inconsistent. At this point I'd like to find something with a good value point, a way to keep the kids active during the COVID times: happy to pay if they have a good, consistent and experienced teacher, but obviously not premium price if they just run around and re-learn the basics every single time... 

    Thank you in advance!

    I highly recommend Alexander Winslow. My 13 year old son is doing an afternoon class through the Winslow Tennis Academy and he loves it. He also took lessons at the King courts last year but Winslow's classes are smaller and seem much more tailored to his particular level. Plus Alexander and his coaches are great at engaging the kids and keeping it fun. 

  • My kids are interested in learning tennis and have been bugging me to find tennis lessons or classes for them. They are 9 and 12 and have never played before. A lot of the info I've found online seems to be for classes during the school year, or summer camps over the summer. I don't want to commit to a whole week of camp, but would like to use the summer to get in some weekly lessons/classes to get them going before next school year. Any recommendations for evening or Saturday classes over the summer, that would be good for beginners?


    Winslow Tennis Academy!  He teaches camps in the summer and after school lessons. He is awesome! Upbeat, fun, patient, but structured and really works with the kid  tomaximize learning. 

  • Tennis lessons for novice middle schooler?

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    We're interested in finding either semi-private or group tennis lessons for our middle schooler, who's never played tennis before. We live in North Berkeley and it looks like there are two options for drop-in lessons at the courts on Hopkins: Manalo Tennis Solutions and Aztec Tennis. If anyone has experience with those lessons, or could recommend another type of class or a specific private instructor, that would be great. North Berkeley would be ideal. Thanks!

    Carlton Jones (owner of Aztec Tennis) is terrific with kids! Motivating and patient and just such a great guy. Coaches from novice kids & teens to adults and really helps them love the game.  Do check him out! 

    You should check out the fabulous tennis lessons offered at the Albany Recreation Department. John Fry has been teaching at the Rec Dept for many years - he's wonderful with the kids and extremely patient. The best part is they offer lessons year-round...including camps. Here is a link to their online Activity Guide.

    Bob Manalo is also outstanding! Super nice and patient. I don't think you can go wrong with the options at the Hopkins courts.

    My daughter has taken tennis lessons with John Fry through the Albany Recreation Department for three years.  He is great with kids of all ages and skill levels.  My daughter always has fun, and learns a lot too.  The courts at Memorial Park where the lessons are held are very nice and convenient.

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Tennis lessons for 10 yo in Oakland

May 2013

Can anyone recommend a good kid-friendly tennis instructor or organization in Oakland for either private, semi-private, or group that's reasonably priced for a 10 year old with some experience? We're looking for something in the late afternoon / evening time and we're looking for something that could extend beyond summer into an after school class as well. We live in Glenview, so something close by would be even better. Tennis Mom

Oakland Recreation has great kids and adults tennis lessons at Davie Tennis Stadium which is up Lakeshore. Just go on their website. It is a great place to learn.