Tennis Lessons

We offer group and individual tennis lessons at Nielsen Tennis Stadium. Whether you’re looking to learn the basics of the game or you’re already an ace, our experienced instructors will help you develop your skills, technique, and game strategy so that you can confidently play on your own.

If you want to practice outside of lessons or keep playing after your last class, we offer a variety of equipment rentals and serves. Click here for details on reserving a court.

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Smart Restart

We’ve made a few changes. We will continue to offer virtual programs and introduce in-person programs as they are deemed safe. Please visit recwell.wisc.edu/smartrestart for more information.

Group Tennis Lessons

To ensure clarity and consistency for participants in our group tennis lessons, levels are based on the USTA’s National Tennis Rating Program (NTRP). An NTRP rating is a number indicating a player’s ability, from 1.5 (beginner) to 7.0 (touring pro). To find NTRP rating information or to rate yourself, please click here.

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BEGINNER (1.5+)

Introduce yourself to tennis and learn the basics of the game.

UW Students: $45
Affiliate/Dependent Members: $70
Guests: $95

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Designed for:

  • Players with little to no tennis experience, NTRP level of 1.0 – 2.0

Prerequisites:

  • None

Class goals:

  • Learn the different grips for each shot
  • Ability to hit groundstrokes (forehands and backhands)
  • Ability to volley consistently
  • Ability to rally
  • Introduce the serve

ADVANCED BEGINNER (2.5+)

Gain play experience and develop strokes.

UW Students: $45
Affiliate/Dependent Members: $70
Guests: $95

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Designed for:

  • Players with some tennis background who want to build on the  basics, NTRP level of 2.5-3.0

Prerequisites:

  • Basic understanding of groundstrokes and volleys
  • Ability to rally somewhat consistently

Class goals:

  • Advance and develop groundstrokes with topspin, control, and depth
  • Ability to hit some volleys for winners, especially in game setting
  • Ability to make serves more consistently and with more pace and spin
  • Learn more special shots such as lobs, overheads, and approach shots
  • Begin to learn singles or doubles spacing (depending on group size)

INTERMEDIATE (3.0+)

Expand upon your skills and take more control in your tennis game.

UW Students: $45
Affiliate/Dependent Members: $70
Guests: $95

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Designed for:

  • Those looking to gain more consistency and control of shots in a competitive setting, NTRP level of 3.0-3.5 (trying to reach 4.0)

Prerequisites:

  • Comfortable with groundstrokes, volleys, and serving
  • Comfortable playing singles or doubles and being able to rally

Class goals:

  • Vary direction and depth on groundstrokes and volleys
  • Hit a flatter first serve and a topspin second serve
  • Effective use of drop shots and lobs
  • Use of singles or doubles strategy during match play
  • Being able to hit winners on overheads and volleys
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ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE (4.0+)

Refine weak points and continue to develop skills and strategy.

UW Students: $45
Affiliate/Dependent Members: $70
Guests: $95

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Designed for:

  • Those who are frequent tennis players

Prerequisites:

  • Master of strokes
  • Can control depth and power

Class Components:

  • Incorporate offensive action and reactions

Private & Semi-Private Lessons

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Meet with an certified instructor in groups of 1 – 4 people.

Private Two people Three people Four people
UW Students $40 $25 $20 $15
Affiliate/Dependent Members $60 $35 $25 $20
Guests $70 $40 $30 $25

 

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Designed for:

  • All levels of experience are welcome, including youth

Prerequisites:

  • None

Class Components:

  • Personalized for each lesson

Tennis Instructors

Jamie Bourquin
Certification: USPTA
Teaching experience: 28 years
Specialization: All skill levels; helping beginners progress

“I love watching players feel the joy from tennis.”

Daria Javid
Certification: USPTA
Teaching experience: 28 years
Specialization: Stroke mechanics and comprehensive lessons (including the mental aspects of tennis)

“Tennis is an acquired skill. With proper instruction, diligent practice and enthusiasm, everyone will reach their full potential.”

Jim Shirley
Teaching experience: 39 years
Specialization: All skill levels; helping advanced players take their game to the next level

“Tennis is an investment. If you invest the time, the payout will be great.”