Welcome To Tennis, Texas-Style!

Tennis is bigger and better than ever in Texas, thanks to the award-winning Arlington Tennis Center. ATC is a premier public facility located in Arlington–just a stone’s throw from both Dallas and Fort Worth. With 20 outdoor lighted courts, a full-service pro shop and experienced staff, ATC leads the way in Texas tennis.

Owned and operated by the City of Arlington Parks and Recreation Department, ATC opened in 1995 with 12 lighted outdoor courts, a 3,000-square-foot pro shop, locker rooms and a covered patio with a natural stadium. In 2002, a grand circular drive, additional parking and eight more courts were added.

Shortly after ATC opened, it became a benchmark for other facilities as both a construction and operating model. ATC also partnered with the local Arlington Tennis Association, to increase “tennis awareness” in the community. One of the most successful results from the partnership was a player development program for local high school students. The 16-week class saw almost two dozen players attend twice-weekly practice and drill sessions. Plans are in the works to repeat the program in summer 2008.

For Arlington Tennis Center, the grassroots foundation in classes, lessons, leagues, drills and camps is a key for growing tennis. In 2007, over 3,000 players participated in classes and private lessons, with more than 400 new tennis players walking through the doors. Overall programs increased by nearly 13 percent. Nationally, tennis has the fastest-growing participation of any major sport since 2000. More than 25 million Americans are playing tennis, which has led to the best four consecutive years of industry sales since the 1970s. In addition, United States Tennis Association (USTA) membership exceeds 720,000–an all-time high.

Something For Everyone

ATC offers junior players year-round classes, lessons and league play, plus drills and specialized camps for beginner, intermediate and advanced players. The QuickStart program for new players ages 4 to10 is a USTA initiative that introduces live-ball action for beginners. QuickStart incorporates “right-sized” courts, racquets and balls suitable for the age of the players, and aids in teaching fundamentals in a successful new format.

Another option for beginning junior players is the Tennis in the Parks program that ATC first offered in 2007. The TiP classes for ages 7 to10 are taught at local recreation centers, and are a partnership between the USTA and the National Recreation and Park Association to literally bring tennis to the parks. TiP utilizes QuickStart to get the kids playing fast before moving on to intermediate and advanced classes.

ATC also takes special pride in Junior Team Tennis. JTT was a long-standing tradition with Arlington Tennis Center that was revived in 2007. ATC teaching professionals volunteer their time off the court to organize the teams and drill the players on Sunday mornings before their matches. The pros even buy the kids lunch and drive them to away competitions. The results have paid off. Everyone has had an opportunity to play and be part of the team. Wearing their T-shirts, “Team Arlington–We’re On Fire!”, virtually 100 percent attendance was seen each week, whether the players were scheduled to play or not.

For adults, Arlington Tennis Center offers classes, drills and cardio tennis for players ages 17 and up. ATC also has a variety of recreational leagues and a weekly drill-league that is designed for adult players who want some instruction with their league play. Adult drills are for all levels of competitive players, and cardio tennis drills are the best means to get a heart-pumping workout using tennis skills.

A Competitive Edge

In addition to the adult classes, drills and recreational leagues, ATC is home to nearly 70 USTA and local circuit teams each year. Two Arlington Tennis Center adult USTA teams won Section Championships in 2007, and competed in the USTA League National Championships in the fall: USTA League Senior 3.0 Ladies, Chix with Stix and USTA League Mixed 8.0, Team Stetzer.

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