Tennis Programs

Junior Program Overview

The USTA QuickStart Tennis Program is utilized by the professional staff at the A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center throughout the entire junior program. The principle of QuickStart is to get children playing quickly and appropriately through the use of modified equipment, making the court and equipment smaller, ball slower, and considering the needs and development stages of children at different ages.  Every child, regardless of age, deserves the best possible instruction, to maximize their potential to play.  Learn more about the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and its QuickStart program online by visiting and clicking “Go Now!”

This chart will help familiarize you with the progression process.


Additional special events, specialty classes, private lessons camps, leagues and tournaments supplement the comprehensive junior program.

Link to current junior offerings . . .

IMG_2629Adult Program Overview

The A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center offering a comprehensive adult tennis program that allows players to TRY, LEARN, PLAY and COMPETE, depending on their level and interest.

Class Placement Policy
Due to the concerns raised by students and staff regarding the range of abilities in the adult classes, the teaching staff conducts an evaluation of all students in our lesson program.  If you have any questions regarding your appropriate level, please contact Alexander Shubny, (847) 501-6135, before registration.  New students can estimate their level from the descriptions below and are encouraged to make an appointment to hit with a pro to ensure placement in the appropriate level.

Adult Program Levels
Beginner: This player has limited playing experience and is still working primarily on getting the ball over the net; has some knowledge of scoring, but is not familiar with basic positions and procedures for singles and doubles play.

Advanced Beginner: This player may have had some lessons but needs on-court experience; has obvious stroke weaknesses but is beginning to feel comfortable with singles and doubles play.

Intermediate 1: This player has more dependable strokes and is learning to judge where the ball is going; has weak court coverage or is often caught out of position but is starting to keep the ball in play with other players of the same ability.

Intermediate 2: This player can place shots with moderate success; can sustain a rally of slow pace but is not comfortable with all strokes; lacks control when trying for power.

Advanced 1: This player has achieved stroke dependability and direction on shots within reach, including forehand and backhand volleys, but still lacks depth and variety; seldom double faults and occasionally forces errors on the serve.

Advanced 2: This player has dependable strokes on both  forehand and backhand sides; has the ability to use a variety of shots including lobs, overheads, approach shots, and volleys; can place the first serve and force some errors; moves well on the court, is seldom out of position in doubles.

Advanced 3: This player has good shot anticipation; frequently has an outstanding shot or exceptional consistency. Can regularly hit winners off short balls; can consistently execute deep shots, half volleys, and put away overhead smashes. Has good depth and spin on most second serves.

Additional special events, specialty classes, private lessons clinics, leagues and tournaments supplement the comprehensive adult  program.

Link to current adult offerings . . .