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Tennis

“I only thought I was going to be here for two years but here it is 20.”

- Chris “Mick” Michalowski

Recognized as a Top 50 Tennis Resort by Tennis Magazine, the Resort’s tennis facilities stand out as one of the leading facilities in the Midwest. Tennis is one of The Club’s most active programs, with five indoor and four outdoor courts, plus all types of leagues for varying ages and skill levels, group lessons and private instruction from a top-tier staff of tennis pros and instructors.
          The Resort’s tennis program is led by Director of Tennis, Chris “Mick” Michalowski. He oversees the Resort’s tennis instruction, leagues and tournament play. His staff includes USPTA professionals and tennis instructors. He loves the game as much as being the Director of Tennis.

    


Introducing kids to the game is his greatest passion - one that inspired the United States Tennis Association to make the Resort a pilot program for QuickStart, a new learning format designed for kids 10 and under. According to Mick, “This format is the best way to advance a junior player’s game, which we fully support.” Whether he’s working with kids, teens or adults, Mick finds approaching each player as an individual leads to their success. In 2006, Mick received the USTA Tennis Professional of the Year Award, the USPTA National Star Award, USTA National Community Service Award and the list goes on. He also serves as a member of the United States Tennis Association High Performance Task Force.


ADULT TENNIS PROGRAMS

Fall 2014- Winter 2015

Fall Session: Week of Sept 8 - Nov 30
Winter Session: Week of Dec 1 - March 8
Spring : Week of March 9 - June 7 (off  for Spring Break)

Please call 231-534-6770 to sign up for classes.

TENNIS IN NO TIME!

An Adult Beginner/(adv beg) Program
Wednesday 10-11:30 AM (both adv beg and int)
Saturday 12:00 - 1:30 PM
Cost: $110/mem, 160 non-mem (for each individual date)

Basic skills: Ground-strokes, Volleys, Serve and Service return will be covered. Basic Singles and doubles positioning, movement, along with the different strategies will be covered to get you going right away Emphasis will be on getting students comfortable with basic strokes and playing right away. 1 hour of instruction and 1/2 hour of unsupervised match play.


Adult Intermediate (2.5-3.0 Level)

Wednesday 10-11:30 AM (both adv beginner and Int)
Thursday 7:30-9:00 PM
Saturday 12-1:30 PM
Cost: $110/mem, $160/non-mem (for each individual date)

One hour of instruction followed by 1/2 hour of unsupervised match play.  Basic skills: Ground-strokes, Volleys, Serve and Service return will be reviewed along with more advanced skills( Approach shots, overheads and the different spins). Singles and doubles positioning, movement, along with the different strategies will be covered.  Emphasis will be on getting students feeling comfortable playing in mixers, social tennis and local tennis events.


3.0 Women's Doubles Drill and Play

Friday 2-4 PM
Cost $144/mem, $203/non-mem

One hour of instruction followed by one hour of unsupervised match play. Strokes that are beneficial to doubles will be emphasized along with doubles strategies.  Doubles pattern work and specific situations and how to react to them will be covered.  Limit 4


3.0-3.5 Men's Doubles Drill and Play

Monday 6-8 PM
Cost $144/mem, $203/non-mem

One hour of instruction followed by one hour of unsupervised match play. Strokes that are beneficial to singles will be emphasized along with singles strategies.  Singles pattern work and specific situations and how to react to them will be covered.  Limit 8


3.5 Women's Singles Drill and Play

Tuesday 9-11 AM
Cost $144/mem, $203/non-mem

One hour of instruction followed by one hour of unsupervised match play. Strokes that are beneficial to singles will be emphasized along with singles strategies.  Singles pattern work and specific situations and how to react to them will be covered.  Limit 6


3.0 - 3.5 Women's Doubles Drill and Play

Tuesday 11-1, 12 weeks
Cost $144/mem, $203/non-mem

Combined NTRP Levels. One hour of instruction followed by one hour of unsupervised match play. More advanced strokes that are beneficial to doubles will be emphasized along with advanced tactics that will start making you think.  Doubles pattern work and specific situations and how to react to them will be covered.  Limit 8


3.5/4.0 Women's Doubles Drill and Play

Fri 8:30-10:00
Cost $180/mem, $220/non-mem

One and 1/2 hours of instruction. More advanced skills, stroke techniques and shot combinations will be taught along with doubles strategy and tactics.  Modern strokes and spins will be introduced along with other specialty shots.


4.0 Women's Singles Drill and Play

Wednesday 12-2, 12 weeks
Cost $144/mem, $203/non-mem

One hour of instruction followed by one hour of unsupervised match play. More advanced strokes that are beneficial to doubles will be emphasized along with advanced tactics that will start making you think.  Singles pattern work and specific situations and how to react to them will be covered.  Limit 8


Men's Top Gun League

Wednesday 6-8 PM
Level 4.5 and Up (different than previous years)
Two 12 Week Sessions
Cost $120/mem, $180/non-mem

STARTS October 24
Play one set of doubles with each player on your court.  After the night is done, the player with the highest number of games won will move up a court, the player with the lowest number of games won will move down a court and the middle two players will stay on the same court for the next week.  A great way to play against players of the same ability.  Finish with a beer or refreshment at the desk afterwards (included). Players in last year's ;eague have priority in signing up for this year’s league, but sign up anyway if you are interested.  Limit 12 players.


Thursday Night 3.0/3.5 Mixed Doubles League

Thursday 7-9 PM, 12 weeks
Cost $120/mem, $180/non-mem

A highly requested league. Sign up with a partner and enjoy 2 hours of mixed doubles play.  Start each week with your partner and then rotate around with different partners.  Drinks and refreshments afterwards.  A great social atmosphere


Cardio Tennis

Saturday 9-10:30 AM
Sign-up through activities desk prior to class
Cost $20/mem, $30/non-mem
Great Workout

1 1/2 hours taught by a Certified Tennis Professional, a typical Cardio Tennis program includes a warm-up, cardio workout, and cool-down phase all within a drill-based workout. Each one has drills specifically designed to be fun, challenging and to get you moving. You will hit forehands, backhands, volleys, etc. But remember, Cardio Tennis is not about making you a great player. First and foremost, Cardio Tennis is a great workout. You run, you hit balls, you jump, you recover, and you have fun. Cardio Tennis is a full body workout. And, there may even be some music. The majority of the Cardio Tennis program is the “workout” phase, which should last as least 30-50 minutes and contain drills that will keep players moving and challenge their ability and fitness level. Pros will find ways to keep players of all levels moving and challenged… all while having fun! Cardio tennis runs on Saturdays from 9-10:30 AM and you must sign up in advance by calling the desk at 231-534-6770.  If there is no sign-up two hours prior to class, it will be cancelled. 


JUNIOR TENNIS PROGRAMS

Please call 231-534-6770 to sign up for classes.

2014-2015 Session Dates

Fall 1:  Sept 8 - Oct 19
Fall 2: Oct 20 - Nov 30
Winter 1:  Dec 1 - Jan 25
Winter 2: Jan 26 - March 8
Spring 1:  March 19 - April 26 (off spring break)
Spring 2: April 27 - June 7

2014 - 2015 Tennis Class Offerings

Tennis 1st: NEW!

Ages 1-3
A Parent-Child Class
An introduction to Tennis Skills
Intro to the ABC’s (Agility, Balance & Coordination)
Monday 10 - 10:45 AM
Saturday 9:45– 10:30 AM
6 Weeks
Mem Cost: $30 ( One day/week), $50 (2 days/week)
Non-Mem Cost: $ 36 (One day/week), $60 (2 days/week)

One half hour of fun tennis skills, drills and games with your parent or adult guardian participating.  Coach Lisa will guide you through each class so you can take what you learn home with you and practice just like you did in class!  ABC’s will be stressed to help build key coordination skills. Snacks and a drink to follow class.


Level 1: Red Court Tennis

Ages 4-6
Monday and/or Wednesday 4:30-5:30
Saturday 10:30 - 11:30 Noon
6 Weeks
Cost: $60 (One day/week), $100 (2 days/week)
Non-Mem Cost: $ 72 (One day/week), $120 (2 days/week)

One hour of tennis followed up with pizza and swimming (optional: with adult supervision).  Shorter courts (36'), shorter racquets (23"), foam balls,  after class, Players may wish to do class + Fun Days + Parent Child Days

Registrants are required to check in and pay at the activities desk
on the first day of class


Level 2: Orange Court Tennis

Ages 7-10
A 10 and under "Transition" ball class
Monday and/or Wednesday 4:30-6:00
Saturday 10:30 - 12 Noon
6 Weeks
Mem Cost: $84 ( One day/week), $155 (2 days/week)
Non-Mem Cost: $ 100 (One day/week), $185 (2 days/week)

One and 1/2 hours of tennis followed up withy pizza and swimming (optional: with adult supervision).  60' court, 25" Rqts, 50% compression ball. Pizza and Swimming (optional) after class.  Players may wish to do class + Fun Days + Parent/Child Days


Level 3: Green Court Tennis

ADVANCED QuickStart (ages 8-10)
A 10 and under "Transition" ball class
Green ball using 75% compression, full court
Saturday 10:30 - 12 Noon
6 Weeks
Mem Cost: $84
Non-Mem Cost: $ 100

One and 1/2 hours of tennis followed up with pizza and swimming (optional: with adult supervision).  78' court, 27" rqts, 75% compression ball.  Players are comfortable playing singles and doubles. Players encouraged to do classes, Fun Days, supervised match play, travel matches, tournaments.

Each month, in Level 3, we will offer: Junior Mixers, Travel Matches, USTA Tournament Travel, Supervised Match play (weekly) and other special events.


Level 4: Green Ball/Hard Ball

Ages 8-11 (more level based)
Wednesday 4:30 - 6:00/Sunday 3:00 - 4:30
6 Weeks
Cost: $84 member, $100 non-member (one day/week)
Cost: $94 member, $130 non-member (both days/week)

Class for players who have had some match play experience and understand most technical skills, Players should be striving to start playing matches a bit more competitively and start feeling comfortable with the basic singles and doubles tactics.  Players in this class want to start competing either in their first travel match or tournament


Level 5

Ages 10-14
Tuesday/Thursday 5:30 – 7:00 PM
6 Weeks
Cost: $160 member, $190 non-member (both days/week)

Junior Competitive class. Players encouraged to do classes, Fun days and special events, Juniors should be comfortable with the basic strokes along with basic singles and doubles strategy.  Juniors in this class are starting to play competitively either in a league, travel match or in their first tournament.  All strokes and strategies needed to compete will be emphasized.  Competitive situations are a regular part of this class.


Level 5 League

League Associated with Level 5 class
Sunday 2:30 - 4:30 PM
6 Weeks
Cost: $35 member, $45 non-member
Sign-Up through Mick (Will start in October)


Level 6 (HS Class)

Ages 12-17
Thursday 6-7:30 PM
Sunday 4:30 - 6:00 PM
6 Weeks
Cost: $94 mem, $110 non-mem (one Day)
Cost: $188 mem, $220 non-member (Two days)

This class is designed for HS players, or appropriate ability level if younger,  that are interested in HS tennis teams and maybe a tournament or travel match during the year (optional).  Unlike the HP class (below), players are not expected to play tournaments on a regular basis and are not required to condition after class.

All phases of the game will be covered including technique, tactics and strategy.    Each month, in Level 6 we will offer: Junior travel matches, USTA Tournament Travel, and other special events.

If you are in a fall, winter or spring sport, it is recommended that you sign-up for the Sunday only class and go one day per week.  You may switch from one to two days when necessary in this class.


High Performance

Ages 10-17 (must be approved)
Tournament Player Class
Tuesday/Thursday 4:00 – 6:00 (class and conditioning)
Friday 4:00 – 5:30 (match play)
Ongoing

Class designed for tournament players who are serious about getting a ranking, playing HS tennis.  All players MUST be approved by Jason to Play in this class.

Players will be placed on courts based on playing abilty and have the opportunity, each week, to challenge up to the next court.  A ladder will be established once the boy’s season ends to determine the court that each player will start on. This will encourage competition and that is what this class revolves around.

Monday and Wednesday includes tennis and conditioning.  Friday is geared more for match play (if not playing in a tournament).  Players are expected to play tournaments and travel matches.

GRAND TRAVERSE TEAM TENNIS AND SPORTS ACADEMY

Team Tennis and Sports Academy started as a tennis academy only in the summer at West Senior High School with 554 participants in its first year. There were four 2-week sessions (Mon-Thurs) and kids had a choice to participate from either 8:30-10:00 AM or 10:30-12 Noon. The academy has since grown to include hockey, baseball, soccer, golf, basketball, Tae Kwon Do, football and other sports. The Academy is endorsed by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and was active with “Let’s Get Moving Northern Michigan,” Promoting all-around health and exercise in our youth.

The Academy is directed by Chris Michalowski, USPTA, Director of Tennis at the Grand Traverse Resort and Head Girls Varsity coach at TC West. He is also a Two-time Michigan Tennis Pro of the Year, Midwest Pro of the Year and recipient of the National Community Service Award and National All-Star Award presented by the Unites States Tennis Association and United States Professional Tennis Association. Visit the below link to learn more about the academy.

GRAND TRAVERSE TEAM TENNIS AND SPORTS ACADEMY

Contract Court Time

Contract Court Time is the way to guarantee that you have a court to play on each week.  Courts are limited, so you will need to get your contract in as soon as possible for the 2014-2015 indoor season.
Contract Court Time for the 2014-2015 Indoor season will begin Monday September 8, 2014.  You can sign-up for either a half season (14 weeks) or a full season (28 weeks).

Click here for details and signup.

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