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.

Please view the 2019 Summer Tennis Book of Programs, or contact our Tennis Pro, Ania Kazakevich, for more information.

Women’s Tennis League

Old Willow offers adult female members two different league options. For doubles, the club sponsors five 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 20th and run through July 18th, day/time varies per team
  • Weekly matches at Old Willow and surrounding local clubs, day/time varies per team
  • Drills: $300 per season; League: $60 per season

For singles and doubles play, the club fields one team in a 3.5 – 4.0 USTA League, which plays Wednesday evenings at 6:00 pm and runs from early June through late July.

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, Tuesdays 6:00 – 7:30 PM
  • Weekly evening matches, day/time varies per team
  • Drills: $35 per drill; League: $60 per season

Men’s Tennis Registration Form

 

Little Smashers

Ages 4 – 6
June 10 through July 26 (7 weeks)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 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 10 through July 26 (7 weeks)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 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.

 

Big Shots

Ages 13 – 16
June 10 through July 26 (7 weeks)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 2:00 – 3:30 PM

This class is for competitive players who have their sights set on playing high school tennis. We will continue to improve overall court movement and stroke technique, reinforcing defensive and offensive patterns, developing a weapon and learning tactics and strategies.

 

Tennis and Swim Camp

Ages 6 – 12
June 10 – August 29
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 eight weeks. Camp will NOT be offered 4th of July week. *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 summer season kicks off with the Memorial Day Adult Mixer on May 26, and ends with the Labor Day Shoot Out September 1. And there are a variety of other 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.

 

Sunday Social Mixed Doubles Round Robin

This Sunday afternoon event is a great opportunity to meet fellow members. Sign up as an individual, or a couple for an afternoon filled with friendly competition. Bring an hors d’oeuvre and a beverage to share. Guests are welcome. This Sunday Mixed Round Robin will run for 7 weeks June 16th – July 28th. Please sign up 48 hours in advance 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 20 – Sunday, July 21 — a two-day event. Matches begin Saturday morning, with a catered dinner party at the club 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. 2019 registration coming soon!

 

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.

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. This class will be offered during the swim team season. Please sign up 48 hours in advance by emailing our Tennis Pro, Ania Kazakevich

Fridays 10:30 – 11:30 AM. $25 per class.

 

Ladies Wednesday Evening Drop & Drill

Come and enjoy Wednesday 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 5 through July 24. $35 per person, per drill.
Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00 PM

 

Saturday Men’s Drill and Play

Old Willow offers Men’s drills on Saturdays. Come and enjoy Saturday afternoons 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 15 through July 27. $35 per person, per drill.
Saturdays 12:30 – 2:00 PM

 

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

 

Click here for access to the  2019 Summer Tennis Book of Programs

 

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)