Tennis Programs

Junior Program Overview

A.C. Nielsen Tennis Center’s Junior Pathway is a progressive, skill-based program designed for tennis players ranging from ages 4.5 to 18 years old. Our USPTA certified tennis coaching professionals will work directly with students to help them develop the skills required to participate in tennis for a lifetime. Players will be moved through the levels ranging from foundational (beginner), to recreation, and/or competitive based on their ability to demonstrate the required skills, rather than pacing player’s progression according to a pre-specified timeframe. This approach ensures that every student is given the necessary instruction required to improve, and are grouped with other players of a similar skill level.

The below chart illustrates the progression through each level.

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

View current junior program offerings.

IMG_2629Adult Program Overview

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

Class Placement Policy
To ensure proper class placement, the teaching staff conducts an evaluation of all students during the first week of our lesson program. New students can estimate their level from the descriptions below and are encouraged to make an appointment with a pro to ensure placement in the appropriate level. If you have any questions regarding your appropriate level, please contact Alexander Shubny, (847) 501-6135, before registration.

Adult Program Levels
Beginner: This class is for those players that are just starting to play tennis and need to develop foundational skills, like getting the ball into play and proper technique on major shots.

Advanced Beginner: This class is for those players who may have had some lessons, but require more on-court experience. At this level, players are beginning to develop their form and can get the ball into play at a slow pace, but exhibit an inconsistent toss.

Intermediate 1: This class is for those players who have more dependable strokes and can keep the ball in play with other players of similar ability. Players are beginning to learn how to judge where the ball is going, but are often caught out of position to receive the ball.

Intermediate 2: This class is for those players beginning to hit with more consistency on moderate shots, can successfully place shots most of the time, and can sustain a rally at a slow pace. Players may not be comfortable with all strokes and lack control when hitting with increased power.

Advanced 1: This class is for those players exhibiting improved consistency and variety on moderate shots, have directional control, and are beginning to develop a spin. The player has achieved stroke dependability and direction on shots within reach, including forehand and backhand volleys, but lacks depth and variety in shots. This player seldom double faults and occasionally forces errors on the serve.

Advanced 2: This class is for those players demonstrating consistency, have dependable strokes on forehand and backhand, can use variety of shots, have the ability to place the first serve and force some errors, and have good positioning and movement on the court. The player can hit with depth and control on moderate shots, but may misjudge ability to achieve good placements on difficult shots.

Advanced 3This class is for those players demonstrating exceptional consistency, have ability to use speed and spin effectively, can control depth well, can anticipate shots well, frequently has an outstanding shot, can handle a mixed sequence of volleys, executes solid footwork, and is beginning to vary their game according to their opponent’s.

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

View current adult program offerings.