Close-Up: The Tennis Scene In Tuscon, AZ
There’s a reason that Tucson is one of the best winter destinations for snowbirds… its beautiful climate (especially in the winter) makes it the PERFECT destination for outdoor tennis. The City of Tucson realized that long ago and has since developed a year-round tennis scene that will satisfy even the pickiest tennis players. From five star tennis resorts all the way down to public junior tennis programs, there really is something for everyone.
Tucson is home to the Reffkin Tennis Center, the Southwest’s largest tennis facility. It has grown from humble beginnings into the flagship destination for tennis in all of the Southwest, even earning the USTA’s hallowed Outstanding Tennis Facility Award. As if its 25 lit courts was not enough, it boasts the most Quickstart 10 & Under lined tennis courts in the area as well. For those not familiar, 10 & Under tennis takes place on a standard tennis court, but with shorter lines and different balls that are designed specifically for getting youngsters into the game and making it much easier to learn. Though the Reffkin Tennis Center places a premium on developing new tennis players, they also offer programming for juniors of every level, and adults too!
It is also home to the Smith-Perry Tennis Academy, one of the most renowned in the region where some of the top young talent in the nation train, most of whom go on to play collegiate tennis, and sometimes even professionally. It is also the former home of the Celebrity Tennis Classic, where professionals and celebrities hit the courts together for one of the great shows in tennis history. If Reffkin was good enough for the likes of Rod Laver and Billie Jean King, it sure is good enough for us tennis mortals!
While Reffkin is surely the heartbeat of public tennis in the area, you will also find fifty-two other public facilities in the area, so it is never difficult to find a court or a match. Tucson, AZ is also home to several beautiful tennis resorts, but none more so than the Hilton El Conquistador Resort. Surrounded by the Santa Catalina Mountain Range, this gorgeous resort is cut into the countryside providing stunning views, and even more amazing amenities. The facility boasts a ridiculous 31 lit courts, two full service pro shops, clinics for all ages, and first-class locker rooms. The Hilton El Conquistador is also the only tennis facility in the area with FREE tennis programs for those with disabilities. It is the perfect place to work on your game and enjoy true relaxation.
Featured PlayYourCourt Coach Providing Tennis Lessons In Tucson, AZ
Tad B. is PlayYourCourt’s featured pro providing tennis lessons in Tucson. Tad has dedicated his entire life to tennis. He played on the ATP Tour and competed in Grand Slams before turning his attention to coaching the game. He was the PAC 12 Coach of the Year and now uses his expertise to help every type of player become the best that they can be. He possesses a strong ability to diagnose a player's weaknesses, and helps to turn them into strengths, which is the quickest way to improve your game!