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Tennis

Here at the J’s state-of-the-art Sarver Tennis Center, we offer open play, tennis lessons for people of all ages, drop-in clinics for adults, and youth and adult group tennis training, and events like ACEing Autism, for players at all skill levels. Our experienced, professional tennis pros utilize strategic techniques, including the incorporation of sports psychology, to help athletes strengthen their on-court performance, meeting every player where they are at. The Sarver Tennis Center was completed in 2020 with six full-size courts and three junior tennis courts (the only courts of this kind in Tucson!) built with professional-grade Laykold Masters material — whether a novice or nationally-ranked competitor, you’ll feel like a star player on the courts at the J. While our tennis offerings are open to the public, J members can reserve a court for free and get discounts on lessons, clinics, and group training programs. 

 Click here to learn about our Sarver Saver Pass for guests!

Sarver Tennis Center Hours

MONDAY – THURSDAY

5:30am – 8:30pm

FRIDAY
5:30am – 6pm

SATURDAY & SUNDAY
7am – 6pm

Summer Hours April 1-Oct 31

MONDAY – THURSDAY

5:30am-8:30pm

FRIDAY 

5:30am-6pm

SATURDAY – SUNDAY

7am-6pm

Youth Tennis

Youth Tennis Group Training

Our Tennis Level A-D programs are catered to children and teens developing foundational and technical skills necessary for excelling at the game. Our Juniors Elite Tennis (JET) program is home to some of the country’s most skilled, nationally ranked youth players and incorporates mental training and sports psychology into its rigorous athletic training.

Adult Tennis

Adult Tennis Group Training

The Tucson J offers a range of adult tennis group training and drop-in clinics for players of all levels. Whether you are a beginner who has never stepped foot on a tennis court before or a nationally ranked competitor, join us on the court for our Tennis Level E1, 2, and 3 adult group training, or Drill & Play, Stroke of the Week, Cardio Tennis, Tennis Masters, or Ladies’ Team Practice drop-in clinics! 

Drop-in Clinics

The Tucson J offers a range of drop-in clinics for players of all levels. These clinics are designed to enhance your game and are a great opportunity to build solid technique and learn new skills, meet new people and have fun! Join us on the court for our Tennis Level E1, 2, and 3 adult group training, or Drill & Play, Stroke of the Week, Cardio Tennis, Tennis Masters, or Ladies’ Team Practice drop-in clinics! 

Tennis Xpress

Mondays beginning April 18 at 6:30pm for six-weeks. Tennis Xpress is an easy, active, and fun 6-week clinic that aims to introduce tennis to all adults so that they can play the game as soon as possible! By the end of the clinic, all participants will know the basic techniques, tactics, rules, and will be able to play competitive points using a Green ball on a full court. For the purpose of this clinic, adult starter players are defined as those who: are complete beginners to tennis and who have never played tennis before, or; who have received basic coaching but have never played the game outside of a coaching environment, or; beginners returning to tennis after a long absence. Tennis Xpress is a supporting program of the International Tennis Federation ‘Play and Stay’ campaign.

Private Lessons + Events

Private Tennis Lessons for all ages

Do you prefer more individualized instruction? Our highly skilled pros offer private tennis lessons for all ages and levels, and can be catered to fit your schedule. Available in 30, 60, or 90-minute sessions in packages of one or five, players can work on strategic and technical skills to sharpen their game and maximize their potential. 

ACEing Autism: Tennis Program for Kids with Autism

ACEing Autism is on a mission for children with autism to grow, develop and benefit from social connections and fitness through affordable tennis programming, uniquely serving individual needs while filling a national void for this growing and worthy population. We are thrilled to be working with ACEing Autism to bring this program to Tucson! Click here for more information about registration and here to volunteer.

Meet the Pros

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Miguel Coelho

DIRECTOR OF RACQUET SPORTS

After an intense career as a national junior player, Miguel started teaching tennis in 1997. He has worked at several tennis clubs, orgs, and academies in Portugal and Spain where he worked with players from all levels and ages, from pre-school children to touring pros (ATP, WTA, ITF). While at Bruguera Tennis Academy (Barcelona), Miguel worked with: Israel national junior teams, Chinese National Tennis Federation, Mexican national team. Known for his sports-science approach to methodology and periodization, for following the fundamentals of the Spanish tennis methods, and for his ability to motivate and inspire students. His coaching philosophy always puts the player first, developing personalized and goal-oriented programs around them. Miguel holds two Masters’ degrees and is currently a PhD student at the University of Arizona. Miguel is available to coach in English or Spanish.

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Steve Annacone

TENNIS PRO

Steve has been a tennis professional and coach for the last 40 years. His experience includes 7 years of ATP Tour experience as coach for Paul Annacone (highest world rankings, #12 in singles, #2 in doubles). In 1996, Steve founded Smoky Mountain Tennis Academy (SMTA) in Knoxville, TN. For 19 years, he was Facility Director, Head Coach, and Camp Director. Steve has also been Tennis Director or Head Tennis Professional at numerous facilities and clubs in New York, Florida, and Tennessee. Annacone Tennis Management LLC (ATM) was created in 2011 to help tennis facilities utilize the procedures and methods proven successful in Steve’s experience over the years. After moving to Tucson in 2018, Steve helped with the UofA’s Women’s Tennis Team as an Assistant Coach from 2018-2020.

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Alec Gee

TENNIS PRO

Alec Gee has coached tennis for over 15 years at various clubs and resorts in Tucson. He has worked with a wide range of levels and ages, from beginners to Division I athletes. Alec focuses on the strategic approach to tennis, building upon a player’s strengths and pinpointing opportunities that can result in an elevated level of play. As a competitor, he was known for exceptional defense, mental toughness, and the ability to quickly find and exploit the weaknesses of opponents. Alec holds a business degree from the UofA’s Eller College of Management.

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Bryan Bello

TENNIS PRO

Bryan started coaching tennis at the age of 16 and has been a USPTR certified coach since 2016. He is the youngest person to ever win the State of Kentucky Tennis Pro of the Year Award. In 2001, Bryan was the Assistant Coach for the Boys and Girls Tennis Team at Ballard High School, and he created a summer tennis camp in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, which is now run by two Division I coaches. Additionally, Bryan has worked for USTA KY providing tennis programs for many middle schools and parks. He has had the opportunity to work side by side with Kentucky Tennis Hall of Famer, Bruce Stone, and was a volunteer for the Rising Stars of Kentucky Tennis and USTA Tennis Awareness program during the Kentucky Derby. He also worked both as an Assistant and Head Coach for USTA Shelby County Tennis Program. For six years prior to moving to Tucson, Brian worked at the Louisville Indoor Racquet. He is currently studying to become an NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Nutritionist. Bryan is available to coach in English and Spanish.

Tennis FAQ

Tennis is a sport for life, and the Tucson J is a destination for tennis players of all levels. Our new tennis group training programs take place on some of the newest and best-maintained tennis courts in Tucson and allow players to train with our incredible coaches, all while progressing at their own pace. Learn more about our tennis group training program below, and we’ll see you on the courts!

Looking for more casual group play? You might be interested in one of our drop-in tennis clinics.

Want more solo time? Private tennis lessons may be for you!

Our program is designed to offer group lessons for participants of all ages and levels of experience. The diagram below can help you identify the correct level. You can also read descriptions below.  

We would be happy to help you find the best option! Our pros can offer guidance or schedule a quick assessment. Please call or email our Director of Racquet Sports to schedule an appointment.

We offer group lessons Sunday-Friday, giving participants the ability to build your own schedule. When you sign up, you choose how many days per week you want to train, and pick your training day(s). You can train up to 3 days per week, per session. Training programs are ongoing and billed monthly.

Tennis group programming is open to everyone in the community, but we offer a discount for J members. For information about membership fees and benefits, click here.

Yes, members get a 5% discount for any additional member of your unit when you both sign up for a tennis program. Both participants must be listed on the unit.

When you register, you sign up to play on specific days. In the case of an unexpected absence, we will try to schedule a make-up session (if available). If you want more play time (without a coach), we recommend becoming a member or getting our Sarver Saver Pass for free play time. If you would like to spend more time working with one of our coaches, we offer private lessons for an additional fee.

Yes, as long as there is space available. In order to offer the highest quality instruction, we try to keep the groups evenly matched, so you might be asked to switch to a different level. Your progress is always our priority!

These are continuous programs with monthly recurring payments. We hope you’ll continue to progress with us each month and graduate to higher levels as you continue to train, but you can also stop participating in lessons any time. We must receive a written cancellation at least 2 business days before the billing date (the 1st of each month) in order to avoid being charged for the next month.

These are not drop-in clinics. You register for a month or more, and you will be billed monthly. In cases of unexpected absence, we will try to schedule a make-up session with another group of the same level.

While players at the end of the B3 level should be able to play tournaments in their age group, we offer dedicated programs (Junior Elite Tennis I/II/III) for tournament-level players. In addition to more frequent training, Junior Elite programs also include dedicated physical training in the gym. Please ask the pros for more details or visit our website here.

We’ve designed our program with your progression in mind, so the schedule is designed to allow players to advance without any major changes to their schedules. Our pricing is the same for all levels within the same age group because advancement shouldn’t come at a cost.

In order to provide the best quality instruction, more individual attention, and real-time, helpful feedback, we’ve reduced the maximum number of players per court/instructor.
For ages 7 years and under: maximum 8 players per instructor
For ages 8 to18 years: 6 players per instructor
For adults: 4 players per instructor

We do! We currently offer three drop-in clinics for adults (youth players may be allowed to participate with coach approval in advance). All drop-in clinics take place in the mornings. You can see more details and register here.

We offer private lessons seven days a week for players of all levels and ages. Please contact our Director of Racquet Sports for more details or to schedule your lesson.

We are currently planning our tournament season. More details coming soon!

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