Think Nebraska isn’t home to great tennis? Don’t tell Andy Roddick or Jack Sock that! Both big hitting American tennis stars are from Nebraska, and Omaha, home to Andy Roddick, is certainly the hub. Situated on the Missouri River, Omaha is the largest city in the state of Nebraska, and more importantly, is home to over 200 public tennis courts and tens of thousands of players.
The Omaha Tennis Association is the lifeblood of tennis in Omaha. An affiliate of the USTA, the OTA is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization with the goal of promoting the overall growth of tennis in the region. Their members are entitled to many benefits, including, but not limited to, reduced tournament entry fees, leagues for all ages and abilities, access to a large roster of new players to meet and play with, social events, team tennis, and much more!
The city of Omaha Parks and Recreation Department operates a stable of 120 tennis courts open to all players. They have two flagship facilities, the Hanscom Indoor tennis center, and the Koch Family Tennis Center. Hanscom features 8 indoor courts with some of the lowest hourly fees you can find for an indoor court anywhere. The Koch Family Tennis Center is a gorgeous outdoor facility with natural hillside stadium seating, making it a great venue for all of the wonderful tournaments run there each year.
Omaha is also a true college town, with many universities calling it home. The top two schools, the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and Creighton University, both feature Division 1 men’s and women’s programs, making them phenomenal venues to see some of the top players in the nation when they come to town. Their rosters are full of talented players from all over the world, some with aspirations of taking their games to the professional level.
Another great tennis program in the area is the Omaha Tennis Buddies. The program is for players with disabilities of all kinds and it provides an opportunity for those who may not be fit for typical tennis programming. It is funded by the Special Olympics and many of its players actually compete at Special Olympics events throughout the country. They are always accepting new players and volunteers and also offer social events throughout the year!
Lee F. is PlayYourCourt’s featured coach providing tennis lessons in the Omaha area. Lee is a USPTA certified coach who has been teaching for over a decade. He still plays competitively at a high level and has experience working with players of all types and ages. While teaching strong technique is a cornerstone of his lessons, having a great time on the court is the most important fundamental that he teaches!