Adult Tennis Program

The benefit of having an elite tennis program in your backyard? Elite coaching for you! We offer adult classes for players of all abilities. We work with you to problem solve the best way to improve your game. For some, it is revamping strokes, but for others we try to work with what you have and make it better. We get to know you as a person and a player, determining your goals and figuring out which strategy will work best for you. We offer everything from heart-pumping cardio classes to more technique-based classes, to intensely competitive classes! Whichever you choose you are sure to have fun and to learn something new!

You do not need to be a member of the facility to take group or private lessons at Northwestern.

Group Lessons

It’s never too late to learn to play tennis or to improve your game. Our group classes promise fundamentals, fitness and fun! We offer a variety of day, evening and weekend classes suited for beginners to the advanced player.

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Adult Dates, Times, and Cost

We are now open to NU faculty, NU staff, and NU students. We are offering private lessons, but hope to offer small groups beginning 1/16 if the state of IL lifts COVID restrictions. Please email if you would like more information! 

WINTER 2021 Tennis:  Updates posted in late December 2020


Private Lessons

Private lessons are a great way to spend individual time with a coach, working exactly on what you need to work on, and can often be the key to unlocking the potential in your game. This is a good way to go if you require a flexible schedule, or as a supplement to your group lessons.

Private lesson rates are $85 per hour for 1-2 people, and no facility membership is required. We also offer private group lessons. For more information please contact us.

USTA Team Coaching

Joining a USTA league team is a great way to stay competitive as an adult. USTA League is the country’s largest recreational tennis league, where you will play with and against players of similar ability. Teams have a weekly evening practice, and compete in weekend matches against other clubs throughout the year. League teams are flexible, fun, competitive, social, and a great way to stay in shape. We currently host 8 USTA teams at Northwestern and we are always looking for new players!

USTA Tournaments Schedule


"Our boys have been taking lessons at NU Tennis for a number of years and with each year they have improved their game. The lessons are taught in a fun way and the coaches are attune to each kid."

"I look forward to each of my tennis drills. Val and the other teachers make them fun, coaching some, occasionally pushing us, but varying the activities and ensuring they are pleasurable. It is the hour and a half with the most laughs."

"Val is a brilliant coach, with infinite patience and a big smile for everyone. The adult tennis classes at NU are an undiscovered treasure right here in Evanston."

"I enjoy the morning drills led by Val and Jarod because they afford me an opportunity to hit lots of balls, receive proper instruction, hone my skills and get lots of cardio in a friendly environment."

"The programs offered by Northwestern Tennis Camps are fantastic! The coaches are engaged, excited, and eager to share their tennis expertise, and they are genuinely determined to see everyone succeed and improve their game. The classes are well-organized and the instruction of skills and strategies is differentiated to meet the needs of all levels through fun and fast-paced drills, games, and match play."

"Coach Pollard and Coach Swan provide world class coaching and sparkling wit, while showing true joy at teaching mere mortal tennis players. Val is a brilliant coach, with infinite patience and a big smile for everyone. The adult tennis classes at NU are an undiscovered treasure right here in Evanston."

"Northwestern Tennis class and camps have been exactly what we were looking for and we've achieved the results we'd hoped for. She wanted everyone to know that 'Rallys and playing Swamp Monster' are her favorite parts of class!"

"My son loves taking tennis lessons at NU; his game has improved and so has his self-confidence. The instructors are enthusiastic and patient and make learning tennis fun. My son needs a little extra direction at times, and Jen and her patient staff have been very accommodating. They do an excellent job of adjusting activities and groupings based on the kids’ needs."