Play Tennis in Chicago
Guided by the belief that lives can be transformed through the game of tennis, USTA Chicago, a District of the USTA/Midwest Section, creates, sustains, and grows enthusiasm for the game of tennis throughout Chicagoland. As the governing body for tennis in the Chicago area, we organize USTA programming, provide support to providers and clubs, and promote the greatest game throughout our communities.
PLAYING IN CHICAGOLAND
The Chicago District encompasses the 284 zip-codes of Cook, Lake and DuPage counties – that’s 3,340 square miles and annually serves more than 5,300 junior and 3,000 adult players and nearly 10,000 members of all types. We represent almost 500 public court and private club facilities that are home to more than 4,500 tennis courts. Surely, there’s a court near you and from league play to tournaments to instruction we’re happy to help get you playing!
DID YOU KNOW?
Tennis is great for your mind and body. And, it’s never too late to start! Tennis ranks highest among exercises for living longer. A 2016 study published by the Mayo Clinic reports that tennis players live 9.7 years longer than those who don’t play tennis. A 40-year study conducted by Johns Hopkins University found that compared to other sports, tennis players have the lowest incidence of cardiovascular disease. Tennis can be viewed as a microcosm of life that develops resiliency and provides important lessons transferable off the court.
Here are our top 10 reasons to play tennis:
- It is a game you can play your whole life with family and friends – a variety of ball types make tennis easier than ever to learn and to continue playing.
- Helps you get fit, stay healthy, and live longer – an hour of play can burn more than 700 calories and will strengthen your heart, muscles, and bones; playing just 3 hours/week can reduce the risk of heart disease by 56%, people who play tennis can live nearly 10 years longer than non-players.
- Develops problem-solving skills.
- Helps relieve stress and develop stress management skills useful off the court.
- Develops self-discipline and self-reliance.
- Teaches how to set goals and that hard work will lead to achievement.
- Reinforces the value of maintaining a positive attitude in spite of difficulty and adversity Blends a competitive spirit with sportsmanship and respect for others.
- Increases brain power by enhancing neural connections in your brain and develops hand-eye coordination; studies even show children who play tennis get better grades.
- Improves social skills, outperforming all other sports in terms of developing positive personality characteristics.
- Playing tennis involves several skills that all contribute to good hand-eye coordination. You can improve your agility, balance, coordination, reaction time and more.
Our programs include:
- Adult: social tennis leagues, competitive travel leagues and local tournaments
- Junior: beginner lesson program, team tennis leagues, tournaments, school PE programs
- Community: after-school tennis and education programs, park camps, church programs
- Adaptive: special needs lessons and clinics, Special Olympics Illinois training
- Wheelchair: lessons and tournaments for adults and juniors
Interested in a rundown of what’s happened in Chicago tennis recently? Read our 2019 Year in Review.
As courts and tennis facilities are re-opening all across Chicagoland, we encourage players to plan for a safe return to the game we love. We encourage you to practice the following guidelines for keeping yourself and others safe and healthy as you return to the courts:
- Stay at least six feet apart from other players. Do not make physical contact.
- Consider not playing doubles, which could lead to incidental contact and unwanted proximity.
- Avoid touching your face after handling a ball, racquet or other equipment.
- Wash or sanitize your hands promptly if you have touched your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Avoid sharing food, drinks or towels.
- Use your racquet/foot to pick up balls and hit them to your opponent.
- Avoid using your hands to pick up the balls.
- Stay on your side of the court. Avoid changing ends of the court.
- If a ball from another court comes to you, send it back with a kick or with your racquet.
Learn more about playing tennis safely here.
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USTA CHICAGO TEAM - Let Us Help You Get Out and Play!
Executive Director - Jill Siegel
Administrative Coordinator – Catherine Thom
Adult League & Special Project Coordinator - Nancy Manolis
Junior Play Director - Barb Rueth
Tennis Services Representative – Mary Beth Bowman
Adult Play Coordinator – Tyrin Wages
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