Tennis Lessons

About Tennis Lessons


Menlo Swim & Sport is proud to announce our partnership with Kim Grant Tennis Academy to provide tennis lessons for all ages in the Menlo Park community. Our partnership strongly believes all children should have an equal opportunity to explore their talents and motivations through sports. There is one central element to everything we do with our Junior students: to teach and inspire. That’s it! That is the heart of a great tennis instructor. We teach your children do develop their tennis talent and inspire them to foster their motivations; both in tennis and in life in general.

Whether your child is interested in tennis recreationally, aspiring to become a professional player, or anywhere in between, we are committed to helping each student get the most out of their tennis experience in a fun and positive environment.

We do not measure our success as an organization by the number of trophies our students win or by the number of children that are enrolled in our classes. We measure our success by the number of smiles on their faces, by the sportsmanship shown to competitors, by the positive remarks about our Coaching Staff and by the motivation to improve as a player and a person.

Below are some of the basic tenets that are ever-present in our Junior lessons we have to ensure your children are getting the most from their time with us:

Customization – students learning at their own pace
Engagement – plenty of physical movement
Challenge – promoting risk taking & experimentation
Camaraderie – students motivation one another
Laughter – students enjoying themselves and their classes!

Path To Success
For those students who have higher aspirations within the game of tennis we have an excellent track record of helping players achieve success beyond their expectations. This progra has helped numerous students become nationally-ranked Junior players. In the past three years alone our students have earned acceptance into the following universities:

  • Harvard University
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Villanova University
  • University of Washington
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Pepperdine University
  • San Diego State University
  • University of California – Davis
  • United States Naval Academy
  • Stanford University
  • University of South Carolina
  • Tulane University
  • Lewis & Clark College

Class Descriptions


Red Ball Beginner

The Red Ball Beginner level furthers the core attributes of tennis by focusing on the game of tennis specifically. Beginner level students will receive an introduction to basic tennis principles and start refining all of their basic shots: forehand, backhand, serve and volley.

Players build all of the primary skills needed to develop into a successful tennis player while being educated on etiquette, equipment and general tennis knowledge. Our lessons incorporate plyometrics and warm-up training. Our goal is for beginner players to gain confidence and knowledge for them to move onto our intermediate programs with a strong base of tennis skills and knowledge.

Level Highlights
Players aged 5-8 years old (Based on USTA Player Pathway Points)
5-8 players per coach, per court
Clinics follow a structured curriculum
Core introduction to tennis
Individual goals are set
Students begin playing points
Player progress evaluation is completed per season with an accompanying certificate handed out to each player and their parent(s).

Orange Ball Beginner/Intermediate

Students at this level will begin training in the technical aspects of tennis in the Intermediate Level with pre-shot approach and shot placement. Match-play fundamentals are added to the curriculum at this level.

Children at this age are improving in the areas of concentration, focus and gross motor skills such as balance and weight transfer. Lessons focus on movement, speed and agility. Technical training on footwork, follow-through and shot variety and placement are taught as well. Point-play (in both singles and doubles) is increased with constant guidance and feedback.

Level Highlights
Players aged 9-10 years old
8-10 players per coach, per court
Clinics follow a structured curriculum
Introduction to technical aspects of the game
Match-play fundamentals are introduced
Focus on fitness and muscle memory
Player progress evaluation is completed per season with an accompanying certificate handed out to each player and their parent(s).

Green Ball Intermediate/Advanced

At this level players begin to cement their identity as a tennis player. Students will learn to play to their strengths by moving their opponent around the court and setting up an ideal shot. Green Ball Intermediate/Advanced is an ideal level for students to prepare for competitive team play at the Junior/High School levels.

Focuses on two main areas – perfecting the shots and techniques that a player has shown aptitude for in previous levels and challenging each player to improve on shots and techniques that do not come as easily. Lessons are all geared to improve our players chances of winning a point, a match and a tournament. Students are taught how to strategize and prepare for competitive play while remaining mentally strong in competition.

Level Highlights
Players aged 11-13 years old
8-10 players per coach, per court
Clinics follow a structured curriculum
Identifying and perfect each player’s strengths
Focus on shot variety and mental toughness
Preparation and strategy for tournament play
Player progress evaluation is completed per season with an accompanying certificate handed out to each player and their parent(s).

Yellow Ball Beginner (Teen)

We understand not everyone is exposed to tennis at an early age. The Teen Beginner level is a perfect way for older children to be introduced to the sport and is geared for them to succeed quickly at the basics of the game.

While the general components of the Yellow Ball Teen Beginner level are the same as the Red Ball Beginner level, the methodology is accelerated. Players build all of the primary skills needed to develop into a successful tennis player while being educated on etiquette, equipment and general tennis knowledge. This clinic provides a fun and challenging environment that allows tennis, who are more physically mature, to progress rapidly. Point-play, fun and challenging games are used after each technical instruction to reinforce newly learned skills

Level Highlights
Players aged 12 years and older
8-10 players per coach, per court
Clinics follow a structured curriculum
Core introduction to tennis
Individual goals are set
Students begin playing points
Player progress evaluation is completed per season with an accompanying certificate handed out to each player and their parent(s).

Yellow Ball Intermediate/Advanced

The Yellow Ball Intermediate/Advanced level features customized instruction to fine-tune player’s skills and make them into complete athletes. Generally students participate in USTA tournaments and will receive guidance on how to be properly prepared mentally, emotionally and physically for competitive play.

Students are training for technique refinement and match-play development, from defining and achieving their own goals to learning how to self-correct during a competitive match if needed. Typically players aspire to be candidates for a good spot on their school or club team all the way to earning a college tennis scholarship and/or slot on a competitive regional team.

Level Highlights
Players aged 12 years and older
8-10 players per coach, per court
Clinics follow a structured curriculum
Tournament and School Team aspirations
Technique development and refinement
Goal-setting & self correction
Player progress evaluation is completed per season with an accompanying certificate handed out to each player and their parent(s).

Schedule & Pricing for Tennis Lessons


Winter Season
November 26, 2018 – February 17, 2019

Monday/Tuesday Classes (1.5 hour & 2 hour clinics available)
10 Weeks

Wednesday Classes (1.5 hour clinic)
11 Weeks

Thursday – Sunday Classes ( 1 hour, 1.5 hour & 2 hour clinics available)
12 Weeks

*Private, semi-private, and Group Lessons (3-5 kids) are offered 7 days a week.

Pricing – Winter

Monday/Tuesday
1.5 hour clinic: $525
2 hour clinic: $710

Wednesday
1.5 hour clinic: $577.50

Thursday – Sunday
1 hour clinic: $420
1.5 hour clinic: $630
2 hour clinic: $840

Drop In Prices
Drop in 1 hour: $40
Drop in 1.5 hour: $60
Drop in 2 hour: $80

*$35 per hour for season enrollments
*$40 per hour for call-ahead drop ins/one time visits.

2018-19 Holidays

November 21st from 12:00pm to November 25th
December 23rd from 12:00pm to December 26th
December 31st, 2018
January 1st, 2019

 

Meet the Pros


Kim Grant

Kim Grant is a former professional tennis player with 18 years of experience on the professional tour. While on the tour, she gained a reputation as an excellent match strategist, and she coached other professional players while still competing herself. Kim uses her diverse, international tennis experience to develop innovative instructional training methods for each of her students, helping to qualitatively improve skill and fitness as rapidly as possible.

Kim had a long, accomplished career on the WTA & ITF tours, including victories over the following Top 10 players in the world: Jennifer Capriati (#1 in 2001), Cara Black (#3 in 2002), Elena Likhotseva (#4 in 2002), Caroline Vis (#7 on 2000), and Nicole Arendt (#8 in 2000). Below are some more highlights of her playing career:

Competed in all four Grand Slam events for 6 years in a row
Represented South Africa in the Federation Cup Tournament in 2000
Invited to represent South Africa in the 2003 African Games
Won 10 professional titles
Reached a career-high ranking of #70

Kim has coached all over the world, starting with coaching fellow WTA professionals during her playing career. She is a certified instructor (including WTA, and USTA certifications)  in 6 different countries. Her unique ability to evaluate a player’s strengths and weaknesses and  her wealth and variety of coaching experience has helped her guide hundreds of players to new heights in their careers.

She has coached two players who were ranked in the top 50 on the WTA tour: Surina de Beer (#49) and Seda Noorlander (#40). Also:

Has coached numerous junior players to national rankings in South Africa, England, and the United States.
Constantly helping players to gain college scholarships.
Began coaching private lessons in the Bay Area in 2005.
Opened Kim Grant Tennis Academy in 2008, developing all of the training programs therein. Within one year, KGTA had a client base of 800 students and expanded from 5 courts in 2 locations to 28 courts in 6 locations.
Coached the KGTA Junior Team to victory in the 2009 Stanford Junior Team Tournament.

Coach Sean

While working on his degree, Sean founded the Gonzaga Club Tennis Team and went on to coach at the recreational, club, high school, and college level. He enjoys helping players of all abilities increase their consistency, confidence, and composure out on the court. Sean is also a member of the United States Racquet Stringers Association and actively maintains his knowledge of racquets and strings in order to help players find the best combination of equipment to play their best.

Coach Ema

Ema is a professional tennis player from Serbia and came to the United States on a full tennis scholarship. She played division 1 collegiate tennis for all four years as an undergraduate student. Ema spent her freshman and sophomore year at the University of Louisiana at Monroe where she played both singles and doubles. By the end of her sophomore year, the team was ranked 75 in the ITA National Team Rankings. Upon finishing her sophomore year, Ema transferred to Missouri State University where she served as a number 1 player for both singles and doubles. In 2016 she was named an All-MVC First Team selection as well as MVC Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week on two occasions.  Ema was also on Athletic Director’s honor roll on three occasions, and on the Dean’s list her senior year.​

Coach Michelle

Michelle is a WTA professional tennis player from South Africa – the country that she also played for in Fed Cup. Undoubtedly, she will bring in tons of both singles and doubles experience from the WTA tour and ITF circuit to the academy. Her highest WTA singles ranking was 666th, and her highest WTA ranking in doubles was 278.

Coach Fernando

Fernando has played competitive tennis since childhood and competed at the NAIA collegiate level, playing for Bethany College during his freshman and sophomore year and University of Mobile his last two years. A few of his many accolades include: Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete, 2012 & 13 Southern State Athletic Conference’s All-Academic Team, and 2013 3rd-Team Capital One Academic All-American College Division At-Large Team.

Fernando also has a remarkable amount of coaching experience. He was a tennis director at Camp Lakota in Wurtsboro, NY, Men’s Tennis Graduate Assistant Coach at Delta State University, tennis director at Camps Kenwood & Evergreen, and tennis instructor at the Tennis Academy at Harvard!

Coach Enrique

Born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico, Enrique has been involved in tennis his whole life. From playing at a university level at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico to teaching tennis at the Odyssey Club in Cancun, Mexico to being the Tennis Director at the Puerto Adventuras Golf and Tennis Club and the Hotel Robinson Club, Enrique has done it all.

Enrique coaches using drills, games, and live-ball situation and improves the strategy and tennis ability of the players along the way. He encourages students to develop their mind and body and develop the consistency that is required to compete at any level of the sport.

 

Policies


ALL players of all levels must sign-in before attending any clinic or lesson.

Cancellation Policy
All cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance of your scheduled lesson time.
Late cancellations or “no shows” will be charged the full-service price for the lesson.
Cancellations must be done in writing: email us at customerservice@menloswim.com or call at (650) 781-5525
Late cancellations (less than 24 hours) will require a doctors note or official document as proof of emergency cancellation.

For Clinics
All prepaid clinics cancelled by the player within 24 hours in writing to customerservice@menloswim.com due to any reason, can be made up within the respective season (please include your requested make-up dates in your cancellation email).
Clinics cancelled due to weather can also be made up within the respective season – please email to request make-ups.
If you fail to schedule and complete your make-ups the remaining lessons will be forfeited.
Make-ups are scheduled according to availability.

We Do Not Offer a Refund Policy
All prepaid services, clinics and camps are to be used up in full within the allotted time period. Unlimited makeups are allowed within each registered season for lessons cancelled in writing within the 24 hour time frame or due to weather. Therefore no refunds or credits will be issued.

Clinic Policy
Each season must be paid in full at the time of registration in order to secure a spot in the clinic. Space is limited to ensure high quality (Minimum of 3 players is required for the clinic to take place).

Cancellation due to illness, travel or any other reason will be excused and eligible for make-up ONLY if Menlo Swim & Sport is notified 24 hours in advance in writing. Please include your requested make-up day in the email.

Make-ups can be scheduled any day of the week that the lesson is offered given there is space available. This must be completed prior to the end of the season. These make-ups do no roll-over to the next season.

Booking Policy
Any service bookings made within a 24 hour window of time cannot be completed online. Please email your request to customerservice@menloswim.com or call (650) 781-5525 and your reservation request will be promptly responded to within office hours.