Tennis

Due to COVID-19, 2020 Tennis programs subject to change.

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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.

Women’s Tennis League

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.

  • 9 week league season
  • Weekly team practice drills begin May 18th and run through July 13th, day/time varies per team
  • Weekly matches at Old Willow and surrounding local clubs, day/time varies per team
  • $315 per season for drills and matches; $60 league fee

 

  • 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

 

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.

Women’s Tennis Registration Form

 

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.  

  • Weekly team practice drills: Series 4 Mondays 6-7:30 PM; Series 1 & 3 Tuesdays 6-7:30 PM
  • Weekly evening matches, day/time varies per team
  • Drills: $35 per drill; League: $60 per season

 

  • SERIES 1: Drills Wednesdays 6-7:30 pm; Matches Fridays 6-8 pm
  • SERIES 3: Drills Wednesdays 6-7:30 pm; Matches Thursdays 6-8 pm
  • SERIES 4: Drills Wednesdays 6-7:30 pm; Matches Fridays 6-8 pm

Men’s Tennis Registration Form

Little Smashers

Ages 4 – 6
June 15 through July 31 (7 weeks)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:00 – 2:00 PM

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!

 

Hot Shots

Ages 7 – 12
June 15 through July 31 (7 weeks)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2:00 – 3:30 PM

This class focuses on developing and improving stroke technique with the goal for players 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.

 

Tennis and Swim Camp

Ages 6 – 12
June 15 – July 30, August 10 – August 27
Monday through Thursday 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

This Camp combines tennis drills and games, fun field games, swimming, crafts and lunch. All activities are supervised by our tennis staff. Kids will be split up by age and skill set when appropriate. Moms–the kids are covered while you participate in Women’s League matches! The cost is $220 per week. Sign up for one week, or all ten weeks. Camp will NOT be offered the week of August 3rd-6th. *Attention parents, no lunch will be served at the camp due to dietary restrictions and allergies.  Kids may bring a sack lunch from home… or order from the snack bar. 

 

Junior Tennis Team

All Ages
Matches Fridays 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Get into the action as we go head to head against the other area clubs throughout the season. These matches are a great way for juniors to track their progress and gain valuable experience for future competition. The cost is $20 per player per match. To register for Junior Tennis Team, please email our Tennis Pro, Ania Kazakevich

Junior Tennis Registration Form (Classes and Camp)

Social and Mixed Doubles Tennis

The season kicks off with the Memorial Day Adult Mixer, and continues with a variety of social and mixed doubles events throughout the summer. Check the Club calendar for a complete list of special tennis events, and join us for fun and friendly competition.

 

Wednesday 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 share. Guests are welcome.  Please sign up 48 hours in advance by emailing our Tennis Pro, Ania Kazakevich

June 3 – July 29
Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

No charge

Calcutta

This is Old Willow’s ultimate mixed doubles event that is not to be missed. This year Calcutta will be Saturday, July 18 – Sunday, July 19 — a two-day event. Matches begin Saturday morning, with an all-Club party 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.

July 18 & July 19
Times TBA

 

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.

Tuesday Evening Drill & Play

This low-key intro class will get you playing in no time. This class will be offered every Tuesday from June 3rd – July 29th.

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

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

June 1 – July 22.
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 8:00 – 9:00 AM

$25 per class.

 

Ladies Monday Evening Drop & Drill

Come and enjoy Monday evening by working on your tennis stroke technique, strategy, and match play toughness.  The first 45 minutes of this clinic will consist of competitive drills and various point situations. The remaining 45 minutes will be used for singles and doubles supervised match play. Please sign up 48 hours in advance by emailing our Tennis Pro, Ania Kazakevich.

June 1 – July 20
Wednesdays 6:00 – 7:30 PM

$35 per person, per drill.

 

Saturday Men’s Drill and Play

Old Willow offers Men’s drills on Saturdays. Come and enjoy Saturday mornings by working on your tennis stroke technique, strategy, and match play toughness. The first 45 minutes of the clinic will consist of competitive drills and various point situations. The remaining time will be used for singles and doubles supervised competitive match play. Please sign up 48 hours in advance by emailing our Tennis Pro, Ania Kazakevich

June 6 – July 25.
Saturdays 10:00 – 11:30 AM

$35 per person, per drill.

 

Private and Group Lessons

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

  • 30 min private: $50
  • 1 hour private: $85
  • 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)