Tennis

Old Willow offers a variety of tennis options for players of all abilities including league play with neighboring clubs, a junior tennis program, intraclub round robins, social mixers and private and group lessons. Pick-up games are often available with players hanging around the club.

We have nine meticulously maintained Har-Tru clay courts that are ready for play from May through early October (exact dates depend on weather). All courts are often available without a reservation, but for peak times such as Friday evenings or Sunday mornings, members can reserve any of the Hydro courts (1 through 5) up to a week in advance.

The highlight of the social tennis season is the mixed doubles Calcutta tournament for adult members. Players are grouped at appropriate levels from beginners to advanced. Serious club bragging rights to the winners, and lots of laughs for all.

Contact our Tennis Pro, Ania Kazakevich, for more information.

Complete printable booklet of all 2021 Tennis Programs

Strings ‘N Things Camp (ages 6-13)

The best way for kids to learn the fundamentals of racket sports is to HAVE FUN doing it. This is what our stellar camp counselors will focus on as they engage with campers playing: tennis, pickleball, badminton, table tennis, lacrosse and other field games. Kids will build skills on the court, participate in fun games and contests, and make new friends!

All participants are responsible for bringing a tennis racket and sack lunch from home (campers permitted to order lunch from OWC snack shop if approved by parents). All other equipment will be provided by Old Willow. *Swimming is not a camp activity, but campers are welcome to stay and swim with a trusted adult after camp concludes each day.

COVID precautions will be followed throughout the summer: campers will be divided into small groups and distanced, masks are required, equipment will be regularly sanitized. 

Non-member buddies are welcome! Please register your child and buddy. Members will be billed for all non-member registrations. 

Weekly rate: $220 (one week = four consecutive days)
Daily rate: $60
24-hour cancellation policy

  • JUNE 7-10, MON – THURS, 9 AM – 1 PM
  • JUNE 14 – 17, MON – THURS, 9 AM – 1PM
  • JUNE 21 – 24, MON – THURS, 9 AM – 1PM
  • JUNE 28 – JULY 1, MON – THURS, 9 AM – 1PM
  • JULY 5 – 8, MON – THURS, 9 AM – 1PM
  • JULY 12 – 15, MON – THURS, 9 AM – 1PM
  • JULY 19 – 22, MON – THURS, 9 AM – 1PM
  • JULY 26 – 29, MON – THURS,  9 AM – 1PM
  • AUG 2-5, MON – THURS,  9:AM – 1PM
  • AUG 9 -12, MON – THURS, 9:AM – 1PM
  • AUG 16 – 19, MON – THURS , 9:AM – 1PM
  • AUG 23 – 26 MON – THURS   9:AM – 1PM

To Register: First click on “Register” button above to complete general information form, then select dates HERE

 

Little Smashers Clinics (ages 4-6)

This class focuses on improving hand-eye coordination, depth perception and agility, while developing basic motor skills. We encourage parents to come out and watch your children make new friends and fall in love with the great game of tennis!

Advanced sign up is mandatory for all tennis clinics. No Junior Tennis clinic packages can be split between siblings/friends or transferred to a different junior program/camp.

June 14th – July 28th (7 weeks)
Mon, Tues, Weds 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Pay as you go: $25
Pack of 10: $200
Pack of 16: $290

To Register: First click on “Register” button above and complete general information form, then select dates HERE

 

 

Hot Shots Clinics (ages 7-12)

This class focuses on developing and improving stroke technique with the goal for students to be comfortable rallying from the baseline.  We will work on balance, foot speed and agility at the beginning of every class, followed by stroke development, basic point building and competitive play.  Kids will be directed to a specific court based on their age and playing ability.  Regular tennis balls will be used when appropriate.

Advanced sign up is mandatory for all tennis clinics. No Junior Tennis clinic packages can be split between siblings/friends or transferred to a different junior program/camp.

June 14th – July 28th (7 weeks)
Mon, Tues, Weds 2:00 – 3:30 PM

Pay as you go: $35
Pack of 10: $300
Pack of 16: $450

To Register: First click on “Register” button above to complete general registration form, then select dates HERE

Women’s Tennis League

2021 League registration is now closed (Deadline April 9th). We look forward to you joining us next year! Questions? Contact Ania Kazakevich.

Old Willow sponsors five doubles teams, ranging from beginner to advanced, in the North Shore League. These teams play on weekdays during the day beginning mid-May and runs through July.

  • 10 week league season
  • Weekly team practice drills begin May 17th and run through July 21st, day/time varies per team
  • Matches begin May 14 and run through July 23rd
  • Weekly matches at Old Willow and surrounding local clubs, day/time varies per team
  • $350 per season for drills and matches; $60 league fee

2021 COVID precautions: all teams will adhere to USTA guidelines, including distancing, sanitizing, no indoor rain courts, no post-match lunches, etc.

  • TEAM A: Drills Mondays 9-10:30; Matches Wednesdays 10:00
  • TEAM B: Drills Mondays 10:30-12; Matches Tuesdays 10:00
  • TEAM D1: Drills Tuesdays 9-10:30; Matches Fridays 10:00
  • TEAM D2: Drills Tuesdays 10:30-12; Matches Fridays 10:00
  • TEAM G1: Drills Wednesdays 9-10:30; Matches Thursdays 10:00
  • TEAM G2: Drills Wednesdays 10:30-12; Matches Thursdays 10:00

 

Men’s Tennis League

Old Willow sponsors four men’s doubles tennis teams, with players ranging from beginner to advanced, competing in the North Suburban League on weekdays. The season begins around Memorial Day and runs through early August. If you are interested in playing on one of our teams, please fill out and submit the registration form below. You can participate as a regular player, or as a sub, if you are unable to make a full commitment.  

Men’s League General Registration Form

  • Series 1: practice Tuesdays 7-8 PM, matches Fridays 6-8 PM, practice sign-up HERE
  • Series 3: practice Mondays 7-8 PM, matches Thursdays 6-8 PM, practice sign-up HERE
  • Series 4/5: practices Tuesdays 6-7 PM, matches Fridays 6-8 PM, practice sign-up HERE
  • Fees: $35 per practice; $60 per season League fee

 

Sunday Social Mixed Doubles Round Robin

This weekly event is a great opportunity to meet fellow members. Sign up as an individual, or a couple for an evening filled with friendly competition. Bring an hors d’oeuvre and a beverage to enjoy. Guests are welcome.

June 13th – July 25th
Sundays 3:00 – 5:00 PM

No charge

Please sign up 48 hours in advance HERE, or by emailing our Tennis Pro, Ania Kazakevich

 

Calcutta

This is Old Willow’s ultimate mixed doubles event that is not to be missed. This year Calcutta will be Saturday, July 17 – Sunday, July 18 — a two-day event. Matches begin Saturday morning, with a dinner that evening. Many members feel this is THE tennis event of the summer with players and non-players alike turning out for the finals. This event consistently sells out, so register early.

 

Winter Paddle Tennis Party

Held in early winter. Old Willow members gather during the winter at this annual paddle party held at the Winnetka Park District. The club provides chili, beer and wine while members bring an appetizer or dessert. An announcement will be emailed in advance of the event. 

 

Spring Tennis Party

At this popular pre-season event, adult members play indoors on a Saturday evening in April in a round robin format. Players bring an appetizer or dessert, with beer and wine provided by the club.

Pickleball is a fun paddle sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong, and created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. Give it a try! Racquets and balls available at the front desk.

Wednesday Evening Drill & Play

This low-key intro class will get you playing in no time.

May 12th – August 25th
Weds 5:00 – 6:00 PM, or 6:00 – 7:00 PM

$30/class

Please sign up 48 hours in advance HERE, or by emailing our Tennis Pro, Ania Kazakevich

Four participant minimum to run the drill.  If the minimum sign up is not met, class will be held at the private lesson rate.

Rep ‘n Step

For those of you that want a workout that doesn’t involve a treadmill, this class is for you. The class consists of fun, fast moving drills that will give you a workout for the day.

July – August
Mon, Tues, Weds, 8:00 – 9:00 AM

$25/class

Please sign up 48 hours in advance HERE, or by emailing our Tennis Pro, Ania Kazakevich

Four participant minimum to run the drill.  If the minimum sign up is not met, class will be held at the private lesson rate.

Ladies Monday Evening Drop In Drill

Come and enjoy Monday evening by working on your tennis stroke technique, strategy, and match play toughness.  The first 30 minutes of this clinic will consist of competitive drills and various point situations. The remaining 30 minutes will be used for singles and doubles supervised match play.

June 7th – July 26th
Mondays 6:00 – 7:00 PM

$30/class per player

Please sign up 48 hours in advance HERE, or by emailing our Tennis Pro, Ania Kazakevich

Four participant minimum to run the drill.  If the minimum sign up is not met, class will be held at the private lesson rate.

 

Private and Group Lessons

Private and Group lessons can be arranged with our head pro, Ania Kazakevich.

  • 30 min private: $50
  • 1 hour private: $95
  • 1 hour semi-private: $50 (per person)
  • 1.5 hours semi-private: $60 (per person)
  • 1 hour three players: $40 (per person)
  • 1.5 hours three players: $50 (per person)
  • 1 hour tennis professional fill-in: $40

The Old Willow Tennis Shop is here to fill your needs. The shop carries adult and junior racquets as well as apparel for men, women,  and children. Wilson footwear is available for adults and juniors for special order, and the shop is equipped with all tennis related accessories. We’ll be happy to restring your tennis racquet with in 48 hours.  Stop by the shop at your convenience to check out the latest merchandise selection. We are here to help.

Racquet Stringing: $30 (plus cost of string)

Racquet Rental: $5 (credited towards any new racquet purchase)