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IN THE D: All Things Tennis

By: Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers | June 9, 2015

We are now entering the time of year where most of us prefer to be in the sunshine or outdoors as much as possible. This is especially true for athletic activities. One sport that tends to pick up in frequency in the summer is tennis. It is good way to get some exercise in on a nice, sunny day, while also competing for glory against your friends or family members.

If playing tennis is on your radar this summer, consider this list of lessons, courts and even stores. Whether you are just looking for a nearby court to play casually, or want to take your game to the next level with professional instruction, Metro Detroit provides many opportunities for tennis players of all skill levels.

Lessons

Bloomfield Tennis and Fitness, 799 Denison Ct., Bloomfield Twp., provides lessons for adults and children. The adult lessons offer both a drop-in and private clinic option. Private lessons with tennis professionals allows for the choice of one-on-one training or group training with two to four people. According to the website, lessons are 20 percent off from June 1 through August 31! Bloomfield Tennis and Fitness offers many other options, such as cardio tennis, drills and leagues.

FunStart Tennis offers classes in several locations: Livonia, Canton, Plymouth, Novi and Walled Lake. There are many courses available for many different skill levels. Lessons are available for preschoolers to adults, and there are introduction courses, camps, private lessons and much more. One-on-one private lessons are offered, but lessons for groups of two to four people are also a possibility. The United States Tennis Association (USTA) certified instructors have a world of experience and training.

Peachtree Tennis Club, 37600 Little Mack Ave. Clinton, Twp., is committed to taking the game of tennis players to the next level. From private lessons (single or group) to junior (ages 10 and under or 11 and up ), to adult clinics and drills, Peachtree staff members will develop your skills. Lessons can range from beginner to advance. Lessons are open to both club members and nonmembers, but there is a $5 guest fee applied for nonmembers. There are options to play on USTA teams here as well.

Outdoor Courts

There are tennis courts open to the public in just about every park or recreation center around southeast Michigan, but here are a few options around the area:

Meininger Park, located at Maxwell Avenue and Farnum Avenue in Royal Oak, is an 8.45-acre park offering tennis courts, as well as basketball hoops, fitness stations, picnic areas and more. The park was formerly known as Maxwell Park and is open from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily.

Buhr Park, 2751 Packard Rd., Ann Arbor, is a 39-acre park in the south central part of the city. The park offers tennis courts, a pool, softball diamonds, a basketball court, a picnic area and more (including a sledding hill in the winter).

Boulan Park, 3671 Crooks Rd., is one of Troy’s five major community parks, and offers eight lighted tennis courts! It spans 63 acres and in addition to the tennis courts, has baseball diamonds, soccer fields, play structures and more.

Equipment Stores

Professional Racquet Services, 19444 Livernois, Detroit, offers a plethora of tennis equipment and apparel. Products include racquets, protective gear, accessories, clothing and more. There is also a one-hour long stringing service available for your racquet! The store has been open since 1987.

Tennis & Golf Company, 30211 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak, offers the widest variety of racquets in Michigan, according to its website. There is a “try-before-you-buy” hitting lane with more than 200 demos to allow you to decide which works best for you! Stringers are available to string your racquet as well. The store opened in the late 1970s.

Plymouth Trading Post, 1009 W. Ann Arbor Rd., Plymouth, is a local, family-owned business in operation for nearly 50 years! While it sells merchandise for just about every sport you can think of, its selection of tennis equipment consists of quality products. Racquets, balls, gloves and more are all available here, as well as racquetball and badminton equipment.

There you have it—all of your tennis needs in one article. You can thank me later. For now, go enjoy the warm weather and play some tennis with your buddy, or take a lesson if you would like to pursue the sport more.